Friday, February 27, 2015

The Garbage Sifter by Barry Jones review and interview.

The Garbage Sifter by Barry Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Camila Sanchez finds the government documentation regarding the “Wild Ferret Project” partly shredded in her sorted trash she takes it home to processes. As she slowly pieces it back together she instantly realizes it is worth something. In an act of desperation she decides to sell it, she never imagines however that by turning it over to the authorities it would change her life and millions of others so drastically.
This political suspense drama is well written the different timelines and locations flow well with one another. There is enough embedded life drama with the characters to keep you invested in their well being and move the story forward while, not overpowering the true plot. While this book is not my cup of tea I did enjoy it I would recommend this book to anyone who likes political dramas, daring rescues, and deep plots which intertwine many generations.

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I would like to welcome Barry Jones to my blog today.

1) What genre do you like to write?
     1. I have written in a number of genres. I prefer near term historical thrillers where readers may be familiar with the basic facts but insufficiently confident in their knowledge that I can add a purely fictitious story.

2) If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?

       2. I am currently branching out to write of an ongoing social situation in Guatemala.

3) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?
      3. I have been writing for a little over six years. I began writing short stories then, at the behest of a friend, joined a story telling group, Explorastory of Hendersonville Tennessee. After I had written over thirty or so, I compiled them into my first book, 'Words Upon A Tombstone'.

4) What inspires you to write?
      4. As for inspiration, it varies but never in any forced way. For my first novel, 'Rusted Rails' it was the sight of an abandoned rail line meandering off into the undergrowth. For 'The Garbage Sifter', it was watching an Argentinian garbage collector in the streets of Buenos Aires.

5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
    5. Once I start a book, it has taken about one and a half to two years to complete. I research quite extensively to try to ensure that my books are believable.

6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest? 
     6. The most difficult part of writing for me is bringing the characters to life. I spend a great deal of time on this and have considerable help from beta readers and members of my writing group, the Nashville Scribblers. The easiest parts are the fast paced chase scenes. There are actually two in 'The Garbage Sifter' and one prolonged one in "Rusted Rails'.

7) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

    7. The character I relate to most is Eduardo Rodriguez in The Garbage Sifter, (at lease I'd like to). He's a young, IT specialist who works for the CIA but gets dragged into some pretty dangerous field work

8) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

     8. As regards the character that I didn't like but ending up liking, well Sinclair, the republican presidential candidate in 'The Garbage Sifter' is my selection. But, by the end of the book, I still didn't like him.

9) What is your least favorite part about writing? The Most?

     9. My least favorite part of writing is proof reading and editing,/re-edtiting...My favorite, apart from the writing itself. is the research.

10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?
    10. As for relaxing, I'm an exercise buff and cycle most days. I also love to travel and belong to the Overseas Adventure Travel group that takes small groups to exotic locations like Patagonia, and Botswana.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?

     11. I read historical thrillers such as the civil war series written by Jeff Shaara. I also read science fiction. The Dune series by Frank Herbart and others is also one that I find fascinating.

12) Tell us about your books where can people find them?

     12. My books can be found on Amazon both as paperback and eBook. 'Rusted Rails' is also available as a Nook book. I also have a science fiction novella, 'The Search for Kindronium 379' available from Amazon as an eBook. 'Rusted rails has been out for a year or so. 'The Garbage Sifter' just issued.

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