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Interview with Patrick Barnes about The Avocadonine and Spring Stone

Author Name: Patrick Barnes

Book Title: The Avocadonine and Spring Stone

Book genre: Young Adult


Patrick Barnes is an author based in Charleston, SC.  He has written two books.  The Avocadonine and Spring Stone and The Audric Experimentare both available for purchase on  The Audric Experiment won the Literary Titan Book Award.  His books have received numerous five stars reviews and have been compared to classics such as The Giver and Farenheit 451.  He has a Masters in Library Science and has worked at the Folly Beach Public Library.  He enjoys movies and walking his dog on the beach.

Book Blurb:

As a ninth-grade outsider, good-natured Rey Naresh finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy at his high school involving a billionaire, a dark secret from decades ago, and a medication that controls minds.  Crossing the line from outcast to boyfriend of Christy Lane, and possibly the only one who can save the ninth grade from the effects of the medication, Rey battles an increasingly dangerous situation that puts the entire country at stake.  To help everyone, Rey will have to answer the question: what is ninth grade all about?

Could you tell me a bit more about your book?

It was a labor of love.  It was my first book so I wrote the book I wanted to write.  I figured if I’d like it, so would other people.

What inspired you to write the book?

I started thinking about the book when I was in High School.  I wasn’t an outcast in High School but it was a difficult time for me as it is for almost everyone.  I wanted to write a book that epitomized the values that got me through it.  I think if people I knew in High School read the book they would say that it couldn’t have been written by anyone except for me.

What was your process of writing the book?

I wrote and rewrote.  Neil Gaiman said, “writing a second draft makes it look like you knew what you were doing all along.”  For me it was a completely new second half and four or five drafts.

Why should people read your book?  

The Avocadonine and Spring Stone is an entertaining read.  The characters feel real.  The conflicts and circumstances will remind the reader of what it felt like to be in High School.  And what you take with you from the book will be something you want to share with people of all ages.  It is a universal set of thematic truths.

What is so special about your story?

Humor, intrigue, philosophy, coming of age issues, and spiritual freedom.

Who is your ideal reader?

Middle and High School grade students. But adults who like YA will not be disappointed.

How did you celebrate finishing writing your book?

I told everyone I knew that they could finally read my book.

Who is your favourite character in the book?

Everyone who reads the book loves Brianna Lane.  Brianna is so cool, they say — how she was really smart but also sort of evil.  I love her too.

If your book would be made into a movie – what actor would you want to play your main character and why?

I got the idea for Rey Naresh from The Lovely Bones.  I thought why not make my main character a Hispanic boy like that kid.  The kid in the movie version of The Lovely Bones would be a good choice.

What is your favourite book?

I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe.

What author do you look up to?

Billy Shakes.

What would you do if your book became an international bestseller?

Keep writing.

Anything you want to share with my readers?

Thanks to Lieze for this opportunity!  And thank you for considering giving my book a read.

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