UPDATE ON Brandon Barr - JANUARY 2019
As you may know, Brandon Barr fought leukemia for several years. During the fall of 2018, the cancer returned and Brandon passed away in November.
Brandon is deeply missed by his family, friends, and readers.
During his last months, Brandon worked with several other authors sharing his outline for the rest of the Song of the World series, and there are currently plans underway to finish the series according to his notes.
Below is the original author’s bio from Brandon Barr.
THE SHORT STORY:
I grew up reading an eclectic mix of Michael Crichton, Ray Bradbury, and Orson Scott Card. Crichton taught me how to write twisted plots and gave me a taste for suspense and goosebumps. Bradbury taught me the beauty of language and that prose can be gorgeous without turning purple. Card showed me the heart and longings of real characters, and turned my spirit toward fiction that is deep, gritty, and unafraid to dig into the depths of the human soul.
That mix makes up most of the speculative fiction I write.
THE NOVEL LENGTH VERSION:
I began to write stories when I was twelve, the same year I read my first thrilling Crichton book, Jurassic Park. Fast forward ten years--it was my senior year of college, and I was given a creative writing assignment. That project utterly rekindled my love for writing.
At first, I never imagined writing novels. Short stories were my thing, a la one of my biggest inspirations, Ray Bradbury, who was a prolific short story writer. I was also reading a lot of old Hugo and Nebula award-winning short story anthologies. Those served to fuel my love for the speculative genres of science fiction and fantasy.
With more than a dozen short stories under my belt, I ventured into novel writing with a co-author named Mike Lynch. Mike and I spent about a decade honing our craft and wrote some decent boks, and some pretty darn good books, and we were able to publish them traditionally. I also published several short stories in magazines and Ezines that have mostly disappeared out of print.
After a lot of growth as a writer, I finally felt like I'd found my voice. And I discovered that I wanted to write fiction that was both intense and action-packed, but fiction that also could transcend boundaries and reach to the core of our common humanness. Our questions, our pains, and our hungers.
I am thrilled to focus my attention on writing exciting science fiction and fantasy, as well as interacting with readers (I love it!). I respond to every email I receive and am humbled to be where I am at in life, having battled (AML) Leukemia in 2015 to 2016.
When not writing, I love to garden, hike, fish, play softball and baseball, backpack the Sierra Mountains and play board games. I do most of these activities with my wife and three boys. My family and I attend a small church in Southern California which just so happens to be absolutely infested with wonderfully artistic members who cheer each other on.
So here I am, doing what I love now, writing the kind of stories I love, Science fiction and fantasy with soul.
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