Saturday 25 January 2014

Antisocial Behaviour

Barnaby has been wondering if writing constitutes antisocial behaviour? Clearly, this isn't taken to the level of causing civil disturbance or general nuisance, but it is true that authors shun social company when they are in creative mode, however gregarious they might be at other times.
How many authors have a special writing place, be it a shed, an attic or simply a room with a door where they can shut themselves away from the intrusion of everyday life while they are writing? (And how many who don't, wish that they did?).
The aim of the fiction writer is to create a world for his reader that is sufficiently convincing for them to get fully immersed, even lost, in. Before the words can appear on the page, however, that world has to be created in the head of the writer. It can be difficult to maintain the consistent illusion of that fantasy if there are constant interruptions from people, telephones, family, doorbells, pets or any of the other myriad of potential attention seekers.
It is also likely to be the case that the author is carrying around the plot and the characters from his latest oeuvre inside his head and developing plot lines or constructing dialogues, even when he is not actually sat at the keyboard typing, thus appearing distracted, unfriendly, unwelcoming of human contact, or just downright anti social.
Or is it just me?
You can come into Barnaby's fantasy world by downloading any of his e-books, or purchasing a paperback. More information at  He promises that your visit will be very welcome.

Friday 17 January 2014

Can you judge a book by it's cover?

It's often been said that you can't judge a book by it's cover, yet the cover is the first thing that any prospective reader sees and on the basis of that initial impression the first decision is made, to sample or not to sample. Of course, even a sample of a book won't always tell you if the book is any good throughout, though it's usually a pretty good guide. It's a certainty, though, that a dull cover won't even tempt the casual observer to do more than simply move onto the next book on the shelf. So, with this thought in mind, Barnaby has decided that his knees have been on show long enough.

Today, he has uploaded new cover images for his short story series, 'Barnaby's Shorts'. The stories inside are untouched and as good as ever. So, dear reader, it's up to you. If you are tempted by any of the new covers, why not take a peep inside.

It's possible to sample every book by visiting and clicking on any title that interests you. You'll find ten stories inside each volume in a wide variety of genres, just the right length to read in your coffee break, in the bath, in bed, on the beach or on the train ride to work. The only difficult choice is which volume to pick up first. (Tip:  You don't have to start at volume one!).

Friday 10 January 2014

Barnaby's New Shorts

New volume of short stories published today under the title Barnaby's Shorts (volume 7).

Ten more coffee break sized stories in mixed genres. Stories that you can read in the bath, on the train, in bed, or during your morning coffee break. Humour, mystery, Sci-fi and even a little pathos, including a new tale from the Vertigo Research Labs.

Why did Tom's new curtains keep him awake at night? What happened when Emily planted her two remaining 'grow your own man' beans? Who is 'the Yarn Man'? How did Bill and Wayne resolve their impasse? Answers to these questions and more inside Barnaby's Shorts (volume 7).

This book is available as a FREE download for a short period here in a variety of e-book formats.

You can find out about Barnaby's other books, including Detective Fiction, Humorous Novels, Short Stories and Poems by visiting