Rusty Barnes is an Appalachian crime writer and poet living in Revere MA. He maintains webspace at http://www.rustybarnes.com and edits the online crime journal Tough http://www.toughcrime.com He is a stay-at-home dad who is an expert in throwing sharp objects at stationary targets. No, really.
Practice pitching: tell us what your book is about in 30 words or less.
Knuckledragger is about an organized crime enforcer who, in moving up the ranks, falls in lust with the boss’s girl and must atone for his sins. But he doesn’t.
You have to flee the country. Where are you headed to and why that location?
I am headed to merrie olde England to find a hovel somewhere where I can see cows through an open window and still be able to hit London within a reasonable train ride.
If hell was watching one movie over and over and over again, what would the movie be for you? For your protagonist?
For me, hell would be watching E.T. even once more. My protagonist would go nuts viewing any movie more than once, except maybe for Roadhouse. Not his thing.
It’s the zombie apocalypse. You have to pick a weapon from what’s currently within 10 feet of your present location. What will you defend yourself with?
An aluminum baseball bat with my name painted on in it in hot pink nail polish.
Everyone needs an outlet to help them recharge. What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
I read reflexively, always, and I play ukulele and guitar, badly. I collect crime novels from the 50s through the 80s, and most importantly, hang out with my kids every day.
Check out the upcoming issue of Spinetingler Magazine for more insights from Rusty about his life and writing.