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Author Spotlight: B.L. Barger

Name: B.L. Barger 

Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Book: Megiddo

Genre: Romance/Sci-fi Adventure

  1. Describe your book in 10 words or less.  Megiddo is the third book in a sci-fi trilogy.
  2. What made you want to write Megiddo? It is the culmination of a story that begins with The Sirius Connection, continues with The Atlas Array, and comes to a thrilling conclusion within the pages of Megiddo.
  3. How long did it take you to write your book? Approximately six months.
  4. How do you choose the names of your characters? The human characters’ names are derived from manipulation of the names of family and friends. The alien characters’ names were a product of my imagination.
  5. What do you do when you have writer’s block? I step away and paint landscapes or read.
  6. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?  In Megiddo, I particularly enjoyed creating the introduction of the blond squad and also writing the final battle scenes.
  7. If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why? 
    1. One character from you book: Raffa Qatar–He is charming and very clever at devising solutions to difficult problems.
    2. One fictional character from any other book: Eve Dallas. She is a tough customer.
    3. One famous person: Sir Richard Branson. He has a yacht!
  8. Besides writing, what are your other interests? I enjoy singing, painting, and all things meteorological or pertaining to the workings of the universe. Yes, I am a space and weather geek.
  9. Do you keep a journal? No, I’m not that interesting–even to myself.
  10. How did you celebrate the publishing of MegiddoI didn’t except to announce it on Facebook.
  11. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters? I have actually written a screenplay adapted from The Sirius Connection, which is where this story begins. It is in the query process. For Maxine, I would choose Jennifer Lawrence; For Kavi, I would choose Chris Evans; For Raffa, I would choose Chris Hemsworth; For Atropo, I would choose Lupita Nyong’o; For Kei, I would choose Zoe Saldana.
  12. What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing? Their professionalism.
  13. Five favorite books of all time?  Robicheaux by James Lee Burke; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Watership Down by Richard Adams; The Rift by Walter J Williams; The Tommyknockers by Stephen King.
  14. One sentence of advice for other writers? If you can’t land a literary agent, be extremely cautious in choosing a self-publishing agency without the reputation of Dorrance. Many don’t honor their marketing promises and will withhold royalties.


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