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My Interview with the Shut Up and Read blog group

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Thanks, Errol, for stopping by! When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you?
I have always had an interest in writing my whole life. When I was about 24 years old (25 years ago, can’t believe it) in a cramped little apartment with two little kids I setup an electronic typewriter in my closet, dropped a hanging light on a extension cord over the door and typed away while the kids slept. I have written some marketing articles along the way for trade publications that were published but I have always had a creative mind so the inspiration would have come from that.

How do you come up with the idea behind Evil Rises?
The idea literally just popped into my head in 2007 while I was alone in a hotel room. I was so excited I jotted down all of my ideas that were flowing on hotel stationary. Took me a few years to position myself to actually write it.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I will spend a few hours a day squeezing in some writing time but mostly in the evening. In Evil Rises I kept my chapters at least 2,000 words so when I would sit down to write it would always be in the mindset to complete at least one chapter.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I was raised in a middle class home that was uneventful and really no one particular thing I can point to that influenced me in my writing. Supportive parents, pain in the ass siblings (just kidding).

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a police officer. Doesn’t all little boys? Well maybe a fireman.

What are you working on now?
I am completing Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy, Vasallus due this September. I am so excited!

Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
I hope to see myself as a full time author, my royalties allow me to focus totally on writing. That would be so cool.

What book are you reading now?
I am reading Michael Connelly ‘The Fifth Witness’ on my Kobo. Big fan of Connelly. I am also into John Sandford and his Prey series. Great stuff.

Reader Comment on Evil Rises

Darlene says: “Mr Barr, To say I enjoyed your book would be an understatement. I could not put it down and at times would be annoyed with my kids for disturbing me. From the very first page, I could not put it down. I am eager to see what you have in store for Avery and Bentley. Surprised they did not hit the sheets yet. Also with the boy Patrick. I kind of thought Robert Best might be watching and say and say something like “chip off the ole block”, ” just like his ole man”. But you are the author not I.

“When I read the last line with happiness and sadness, because I was finished it and did not have the second book, I was very surprised when i turned the page and saw you are a fellow Albertan just like me.

“I have been checking daily to see when your second book comes out. Chapters has no idea. I literally am on pins and needles. I will be the first person too buy a copy. Could you let know. This book is definitely a keeper for me. A devoted fan.”

Evil Rises

Evil Rises opens in 400 AD, as courageous King Tiridates of Armenia and his seven sons, empowered by God, turn back Satan’s plan to stop the spread of Christianity. Ever since this epic defeat, Satan has been plotting his revenge. Now he is ready to unleash a diabolical plan to destroy man once and for all. He will spawn seven children from around the world who will grow into young musical geniuses and coalesce into a superstar rock band. Harnessing the hypnotic charisma of popular music and the power of modern media, Satan will make this supergroup so popular, so influential, that the youth of the world will fall under his spell – and soon everyone else. Satan is convinced faith and courage are powerless against him. But sometimes faith and courage are all it takes to turn everyday people into heroes. In Ireland, Thomas O’Sullivan, family priest to Grew and Katherine McClosky, is horrified when Katherine is raped and visciously beaten. Clinging to life, Katherine gives birth to Chloe, who fills the delivery room with the sound of angels singing. . . .

In Los Angeles, music producer Avery Johnson and journalist Bentley Paxton become suspicious of hotshot music mogul Robert Best, whose strange behavior, and even stranger clients, leave them cold. . . .

Evil Rises presents blistering, page-by-page terror, unexpected heroism, the inside world of pop music and an epic struggle that will leave you clamoring for Book Two, Vasallus!

My Interview & Giveaway with Jess Resides Here

Don’t forget to visit Jess Resides Here

Evil Rises a book I sadly cannot review at the moment being behind is one that I loved the sound of as soon as I read the blurb. It’s author Errol Barr’s first book and so I thought if I can’t review gosh darn I’ll interview the man and give all of you a chance to read it with a giveaway. Errol agreed and he’s not going to give one person a chance no no it’s going to be 20 ebook copies up for grabs.

You’d be nutty not to enter. So read a little about Errol and then add your info into the rafflecopter form. Open internationally and whatever format you like as Errol will work some magic and make a coupon code for Smashwords for the lucky winners.

Please tell us about yourself –

I am from Alberta, Canada and staring at the age of 50 come next year so I felt it was about time I got down to writing for real. Hence the release of Book One of the Superstars Trilogy, Evil Rises. I am engaged to be married to a wonderful lady, father of four and a grandfather of a four year old and an eleven year old. My treasurers.

What are you reading now? –

I just finished Michael Connelly’s ‘Fifth Witness’ this week and looking to start an Indie writer Richard Stephensen’s ‘Collapse’ which I cant wait to read.

Some favorite books and authors? –

My favorite author is Michael Connelly, the best crime fiction write bar none. A close second is John Sandford, I just love the Lucas Davenport ‘Prey’ books.

Have you always been writing or is this a new venture? –

Rise of Satan is the first novel I have written however I have written many articles that have been published by trade publications.

Evil Rises sounds great what was the inspiration behind it? –

Evil Rises storyline came to me in a flash. I was in a hotel room late at night just watching tv and the premise for the trilogy just came to me. Quite bizarre actually. That was in 2007 and four years later I wrote it.

It’s got a great cover too who created it? –

Originally the cover reflected an ancient evil image but I changed it after much thought to a more simple, cleaner look that I carried through into book two and book three. The covers entice the readers I believe to see whats inside the covers. Mysterious and exciting! I love it.

Why horror and do you plan on writing a different genre after the trilogy is complete or do you plan to stick with horror? –

No I am completely switching gears on my next project after the trilogy. It’s a love story surrounded by a heart pounding thrill ride of suspense. I may come back to horror again in the future as I have other great storylines but I am not married to that genre that’s for sure.

When will the second book be available? –

The second installment will be ready to go in the fall and the third book will come out in late 2013/early 2014.