About the Book:
To save his presidency and assure re-election, an arrogant, power-hungry president must end his illegal connections with a terrorist leader before that leader follows through on his threat to make public their relationship. Gunnery Sergeant Zach Hinson and Sergeant First Class Jason Jones, sniper team D.O.G., are ordered to assassinate the terrorist leader, but for the president, it is not enough.
Fearful the sniper team will let slip their involvement, the president agrees to the mission to kill the terrorist leader on the condition the two snipers do not return home alive. But, his effort to save his presidency becomes a war when it is learned the man with whom he has dealt with to kill team D.O.G. has failed to act on his agreement.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
My first venture into writing occurred when I couldn’t sleep. A single line kept turning in my head. To erase it, I got up and started typing. What started as a line became my first book, At the Water’s Edge. That line was originally the opening sentence, but it was eventually edited out. I continue to write because I love creating the story, and enjoy the research component.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I don’t have a favorite time. Between work and night classes, my available writing time is limited to weekends, and not every weekend is viable.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
Various places. Time Passed was the result of something I experienced in a dream. I woke, having remembered the dream, and developed the story around it. D.O.G.: Executive Order was the result of a conversation I had with someone following the 2008, presidential election. It resulted in the creation of the sniper team. The historical fiction novel I’m currently writing came from the desire to write a novel based on early, American history.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I don’t plan or outline my stories. When I have an idea, I start writing. As the story progresses, I think ahead to try and improve the story, and I do a lot of rewriting while writing the original draft.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Three of my five have military subjects. It’s possible my military service is the reason for this. My sixth, still in the works, has nothing to do with the military. It is historical fiction set in the 1800’s. I love history and wanted to incorporate that into a novel.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Zach – Chris Pine, J.J. – Jeremy Renner, The President – Denzel Washington or Ed Harris
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I don’t read as much as I once did, except to reread my manuscripts. My job and attending night class occupy my time, and I use what free time I have working on my own manuscripts. I still purchase books that I wish to read, and one day I’ll have more time to get caught up.
My favorite authors include: Allan W. Eckert, Ian W. Toll, Erik Larson, David McCullough, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown and J.R.R. Tolkien.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
My wife recently bought me Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution. I may have to make the time to read this one soon. I love books on the American Revolution, especially those about the war in the south. (I believe the efforts in the south saved the war which allowed us to be the greatest nation ever.)
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I have three favorites, two fiction and one non-fiction. One fiction favorite is The Alienist, by Caleb Carr. I love period movies and television shows, and as it turns out, period books. Mr. Carr does a wonderful job of telling the story and incorporating some of the science that is taken for granted today.
The other fiction book is Lonesome Dove. It’s the only Larry McMurtry book I’ve read, and I can’t get enough of it. The characters are wonderfully crafted and the dialog flows so well with the story.
The non-fiction book is The Frontiersman, but Allan W. Eckert. It is the first book in the Winning of America Series, which is a great series. It is non-fiction but is so easy to read. I’ve read it multiple times and listened to the audiobook.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write because you love the story. Remember, you’ll have to re-read and rewrite your book. If you don’t like the story, rewriting will be difficult.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
My social media is limited to Facebook – www.facebook.com/Robert-Barlow-Jr-and-His-Books