Exclusive Interview with
Barry K. Nelson
When did you start writing?
I wrote and published my first novel, McKenzie Files back in 2009.
What makes writing your passion?
It’s something that I’ve always been good at. Plus, I have a very wild imagination for a lot of ideas.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a teenager.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
It’s hard to describe the level of joy that I felt. I tried for over a year and submitted to countless publishers before I got my first break.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I wanted to create a dysfunctional team of characters that somehow find the ability to make their team work. My main character, Colin McKenzie, Is the moody, reluctant leader. Diane Christy is the more aggressive force in the team. Kelly Lytton is the fearful type.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
I’m annoyed by the fact that a lot of talented writers face an uphill battle to get published because most editors are looking for the next Harry Potter. I think that’s very unrealistic.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I usually Let my mind rest for a while and play an X-Box game. Then I come back when my mind is refreshed.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I have a lot planned and I’m determined to see everything that I’ve envisioned come to life. And my advice to new writers is to never stop writing and never get discouraged by rejection letters.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
I would go back in time and tell 21-year-old me to start writing that novel right now instead of when you’re older.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I read all my reviews. And bad reviews don’t offend me.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I’m usually quite proud.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Not exactly. But I do like to put in little Easter eggs about me into my stories. For example, in McKenzie Files book One I used all my old address numbers as Colin’s personal identification number.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I loosely based my main character, Colin, on myself. A tall character, somewhat quiet and moody.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
The book cover is just as important as the story. I think that a good book cover helps to attract a potential reader.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I find it to be a pleasure to connect with my readers.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
It feels very good. I remember one time when I had a book signing event at a bookstore and a bunch of young guys came over to my table and told me that they heard of me and McKenzie Files. It was an awesome moment.