Author Q&A with Riley Barton

1)      Tell my followers a little bit about yourself.

Well, I was born and raised in Boise Idaho, but moved to

Northwest Montana with my family at age 15. I had dabbled in

writing a bit before, but my brother was really the author of

the family. He started going to a writing club in high school,

and I tagged along. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before I

started to have a renewed interest in writing. Rain Saga was

the ultimate result of that renewed interest.

Now, almost five years to the day since I first put pen to

paper, Rain Saga has been published and I’m looking to the


I still live in Montana, and enjoy hunting, hiking, camping

and kayaking with my family and girlfriend. Living in this area

is definitely good for bringing out the author in me, and I have

a few ideas I’ve been working on in my spare time.

2)      What  inspired you to start writing?

I’m not really sure. My brother was the first one to start

working on an actual book. But both he and I were always

very interested in writing. Even before I could read and write, I

would dictate my stories to my mother and have her write

them out. So I guess you could say, I’ve always been inspired

to write. But if I had to guess, I would have to say that a major

contributor to my creativity was the fact that my parents read

to me as a child. Listening to my mom read The Lord of The

Rings to my brother and I—that’s what really brought out my

inner author.

3)      Did you ever think at 19 years old when you started writing Rain

Saga, that it would ever be published?

I had always hoped it would be published, but at that age I

really had no idea where to even begin.

4)      What do you like best about developing characters?

I would have to say that the thing I like best about developing

characters is making them human—that is to say, giving them

believable personalities, fears, even weaknesses; all those

things that make us who we are. That’s what gives the

characters life, and I enjoy making them real.

5)      Who was your favorite character to write?

That’s a tough one. I think I really enjoyed writing Luna’s

character the most—she has a lot of me in her. But most of

my characters all have little bits and pieces of my personality

in them. Keith Tagawa was another really interesting

character to write. He personifies my logical, analytical side

really well; and his awkward and sometimes comical

relationship with Bridget was also really fun to work on. But I

would still have to say that Luna was probably my favorite

character to write.

6)      How did you get the idea for Rain Saga?

I actually dreamed up the entire thing over the span of three

nights. At the time, I was working on a fantasy novel I had

shelved a few years prior. But once I had the dream for Rain

Saga, it was all I could think about. One month later I had

written almost two thirds of the book. (Although, at that time

it was going to be a two part series.)

Another inspiration for the story was the climate difference

between Northwest Montana and Boise. To me, it seemed like

it never stopped raining in Montana—a “never-ending saga of

rain” as I said at one time to a friend. So I suppose you could

say that that is where it all began.

7)      If you had your own personal AI like many of the characters in

Rain Saga do, what would it look and act like?

My personal AI unit would probably be a lot like Edward. I’m

not sure what he would choose to manifest himself as. But he

would definitely have Edward’s personality.

8)      Who are your favorite authors? Why?

That is a tough one. I really like Tolkien’s works, mainly

because those were some of the first books I was exposed to.

But I also liked the Cooper Kid Adventures by Frank Peretti

when I was growing up, and I am still a huge fan of the

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and Veronica

Roth’s Divergent series. As for why I like these authors, I

would have to say it is their writing style—it really draws you

into the story and carries you along for the ride.

9)      Are you currently working on anything?

I have a few ideas, yes.

10)   Any final thoughts you would like to share?

I hope you all enjoy reading Rain Saga, and have as much fun reading

the book as I had writing it.

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