Author Interview: Lucian Barnes

Author Interview

  1. Can you tell the fans a little about yourself? If I told you, I’d have to kill you … in a book, that is. Although, there are probably people who would relish the thought of being a character in a novel. Even if they knew they were going to die. LOL
  2. Do you have any interesting writing quirks? Depends on what you would consider “interesting”. As many people know, I have extremely long hair. Although, most of the time I keep it bound in a ponytail with numerous hair ties. Except for when I write. I’m not sure how this habit developed, but letting my hair down has become a ritual for me before beginning my writing day. I even let my hair down for this interview. Silly, right?
  3. How do you think your creativity has evolved? I don’t believe it has. The creative part of my brain has always been borderline demented, which is likely the cause for my stories being as dark and disturbing as they are. How I approach the actual writing, however, is a different matter entirely. Through feedback from my betas, editor, and fans, I am constantly learning. Some consider me a master storyteller already, but I feel that nobody truly masters the craft of writing. The day you think you’ve accomplished this feat is the day your ego will get in the way, causing you to make far more mistakes.
  4. Do you read much? If so, what do you enjoy reading? I love to read! On average, I probably consume a novel per week. Unless, of course, the book is extremely long. For the most part, I read the same kind of books that I enjoy writing … horror.
  5. Do you prefer ebook or paperback? Hands down, I prefer paperbacks and hard-bound books. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a bookshelf filled with books. However, due to the higher cost of paper copies I tend to favor ebooks for reading nowadays.
  6. What advice would you give your younger self? This is sort of a tricky question. I’m sure there are lots of things I could advise myself not to do, as well as other things I should. The only problem with that would be … if anything about me were to have changed in my youth, I would not be the person I am today. No matter how painful my life has been in the past, events from my younger years helped shape my twisted imagination. Without my previous experiences, I would likely compose far less interesting stories.
  7. Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who? Why? Every character I create gets under my skin to a certain degree. Some manage to get deeper than others, though. That being said, I would have to lean toward George Mancini, the serial killer from the Desolace Series, as my favorite. After all, when I created the physical attributes of George, I gazed into a mirror at my own reflection. I even went so far as to give George a background that was similar to mine, feeling it would make his character more “real” for readers. The overall effect of this has given many readers a level of skepticism surrounding their feelings toward me. Are my writings the product of an overactive imagination and vivid descriptions, or am I really a killer in disguise as an author?
  8. What’s for dinner? I have to admit, I was extremely tempted to use a Hannibal Lecter dinner menu when answering this question. As funny as that would be, I think it would be more amusing to see your reaction in person if I used that answer. Instead, I will bore you with what I’ll really be having, which would only be spaghetti.
  9. Famous quote that makes you smile: “I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale
  10. List 5 of your favorite things:


*Watching horror movies (the R rated ones with lots of gore and nudity, not the lame PG-13 ones)

*Denver Broncos

*Scaring people (whether through practical jokes, theatrical Halloween presentations, or through my stories)

*Listening to metal music (mainly Death Metal and Black Metal)

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