Today we talk to Barry Clay who has two stories in Part XLII: 1895-1903 currently on Kickstarter as part of the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories XL to XLII campaign.
Where did you first discover Holmes?
I was a voracious reader as a child, and that's when I bumped into Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Now, as an adult, I buy second-hand copies and hand them out (along with other books) for Halloween. And, of course, I hand out candy, too.
Are there any writers/adaptations of Holmes you particularly enjoy?
Yes, there is. I stumbled upon The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes by Denis O. Smith and discovered the same attention to detail and surprise of the original Conan Doyle stories.
Do you write on any other subjects?
I'm an eclectic reader, and thus an eclectic writer. I've written science fiction, horror, dystopian fiction, humor, Christian theology, a translation and adaptation of a French children's book, family stories (with cartoons!), and a fictionalized account of my grandmother's experiences living in Armenia during the Armenian persecution before the beginning of the last century. Forthcoming are several books including Close Enough for Government Work, true stories about over 37 years working for the Federal Government, also with cartoons, a horror story, and (of course) more Sherlock Holmes. And I hope to write another Charlie Chan novel, too!
Where can fans find more about your work?
I had to stop writing a blog for personal reasons. Maybe when I retire, I'll try again. In the meantime. if you log onto Amazon, select books, then advanced search, and put in my name (with quotation marks) "Barry Clay", you get everything I've ever written. You also get books by another Barry Clay. (I'm the one who lives close to Harrisburg PA.) If you don't put my name in quotation marks, you also get "Madame du Barry", "Modeling with Clay," and Spider-man comic books, so don't forget the quotation marks!