P.I. Barrington describes herself simply. An ex-entertainment industry maven who now writes fiction!
What is your philosophy of writing? Be your own harshest critic so others don’t have to be. Learn your craft before you call yourself a writer. I know that sounds hard but if you’re going to write don’t you want to be the best? Also, learn to take and learn from constructive criticism.
What’s the name and genre of you book? Isadora DayStar. I call the genre’ dark science fiction.
Who’s the audience for this book? This is a book for adults only or at least for mature young adults. While there is no erotica or graphic violence, there are adult situations such as drug use and prostitution and a lot of swearing.
Is this book part of a series? If so is it a sequel or a prequel? Name the other already published books? Actually, when I wrote Isadora DayStar I planned it as a one-off novel. When the reviews started coming in, several reviewers were asking for more. At this point, I don’t really have time to get another Isadora novel underway, but it’s definitely something I’m thinking about now.
Describe your protagonist and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome and the motivation for overcoming them. Isadora DayStar is an emotional wreck. She’s so overwhelmed with guilt that she’s trying to slowly kill herself with Ingentin, the cause of all her problems in the first place. Because of that guilt, she debases herself completely as a prostitute for the drug. Physically, she’s practically anorectic; she eats whenever she can or when someone has mercy on her—or wants to use her—and buys her food. She tries to get work as an assassin but can barely handle that job. A lot of her is bravado—that’s how she justifies what she does or tries to do. She’s definitely an anti-hero.
Describe your antagonist and talk about motivation. There is more than one villain in Isadora DayStar, mainly the other assassins who torment her mercilessly and abuse her physically and sexually when they can. Even those who call themselves her friends use her shamelessly. There is one major villain of all of them: an employer from whom she steals a priceless weapon when she botches the assassination job and he isn’t around to pay her. Caine Dureaux is older, very cruel and will do anything to her or anyone else to get back his prize including torture and supplying Ingentin to Isadora.
Quote a passage from your book that you love. She squeezed her eyes shut hard to press down tears and knocked back the drink. Then she stood up and quietly walked out the back door, thinking as she leaned against the bar’s wall in the alley, arms folded against the cold night.
God, I forgot what hell it is to live here. What am I going to do? I’m in hock up to my eyeballs and I’ve promised everything but my soul to get us this far. And at this point, I’d even—
Elaborate on the meaning of the passage. The above passage is the crux of Isadora’s debasement and yet almost part of her redemption. She’s about to do the most horrible act of prostitution to ‘save’ someone else—it’s terrible but it also shows that she, even as an antihero, has enough humanity and compassion to be selfless.
Where do you live and how does that influence your writing? I’m from California and I’ve always lived here. It’s just a natural progression to work in the entertainment industry, since it is the main industry here. I’ve worked in it in almost every capacity from radio to records to film and all of it taught me to I think, I hope, write viable entertaining novels. When I write, I’m writing that movie that’s playing in my head—I’m seeing it visually, I’m hearing the dialogue, soundtrack, sound effects, pretty much everything but the music since I’m not a composer. But I’ve worked in a lot of facets of entertainment so I know what goes into making films, records, etc. so basically I’m writing something that both my readers and any filmgoers (eventually I hope) will be entertained and taken to an escape that’s fun, exciting and maybe a little cathartic.
Do you have a special routine you go through before you begin writing? You know, I’ve been trying to develop a ritual for years, literally! I know other writers have them and swear by them, but I can’t find anything that clicks with me, LOL! I’ve tried having a special coffee cup but I have about three of them so that’s no good; I don’t meditate or pray or light incense, and every morning there isn’t any real routine: sometimes I put on the news, sometimes I leave the television off, sometimes I take out the trash. I guess you could call my faithful filling up the birdbath with water as a kind of ritual…
Book title: Isadora DayStar Price: $3.99 ISBN: 978-1-4661-4935-9
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