Author Revealed

About Barry Lancet

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 6/29

Q. Previous occupations

A. Book editor, second chef/short-order cook/barista (briefly considered becoming a chef)

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing

Q. High school and/or college


Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Some Coltrane, some Stones, some John Prine, some Van Morrison

Q. Favorite movie

A. CLASSICS: Casablanca, High Noon. MYSTERY, CRIME: Body Heat (1983), Get Shorty, Mystic River, Fargo, Eastern Promises.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Currently, The Big Bang Theory

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Looking for the best in myself and others.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A paraphrase of something I once heard: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Finding, and staying in, the right frame of mind. For me this involves two things: learning to become comfortable with silence, and understanding the grander underpinnings of having the right attitude about life. 

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I don't have one, but I did. Long ago, I took a leap, packed up everything, and went to live in Tokyo. The decision was a huge risk and came with many unknowns, all of which I eventually overcame. Do something like that, and "your greatest fear" will evaporate.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Too many. I like the Bay Area in California; France on warm days; many places in Asia; and the next place I plan to visit.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Not one in particular, but people like Churchill who have overcome the insurmountable despite endless setbacks and great odds.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Many, but Springsteen for one, for his live shows, honesty, and hard work. Once saw a bootleg video of his personal PRACTICE SESSIONS for his live shows. Really impressive.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. To my detriment, "Yes, I'll have another."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not doing more with my life, earlier and faster.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'd like to be multilingual. A new language opens so many doors.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Hmmm.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Only one? Far too many to list.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Depending on who you talk to, no such thing exists in this universe.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd like to be a long-living fly on the wall at the time when artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people find THAT moment; and the same fly when crucial decisions are made by world leaders.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. After this it may be my inability to answer questionnaires.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Limiting myself to the characters of deceased authors, I'd say Jean Valjean (in the book).

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. With the same limitation, Cardinal Richelieu from Dumas's books.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. So many choices but I'd start with Dostoyesvsky, and I'd ask, first, "How did you do that? and second, "Could you teach me?"  

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I rid myself of those long ago.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Traveling, whether for a day or a week.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing better and faster.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Everything embodied in a great smile.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. The very freshest fish or vegetables.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. So many, but sticking with 5 (in no particular order), Van Morrison's "Listen to the Lion," Springsteen's "Something in the Night," Ray Davis's "Waterloo Sunset," and every new gem of a rock or pop song that comes along and captures one thing well, like Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" or Colbie Caillat's "Brighter than the Sun"

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Dostoyevsky, Hugo, Dumas, early Robert B. Parker, some Gregory McDonald (the Fletch series), some Walter Mosley, some Lee Child.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

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Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Some Robert B. Parker, some Lee Child, some Dumas.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Do something on your book every single day of the year. Keep it in the forefront of your thinking. (There’s more advice on my website.)

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "I can’t imagine how you come up with your story ideas."