Brad Barkley

Brad Barkley


Brad Barkley is the author of two adult novels (Money, Love and Alison’s Automotive Repair Manual) and two story collections, the most recent of which is Another Perfect Catastrophe. Two of his books have been Booksense 76 selections. His short stories have appeared in over thirty magazines. He lives in western Maryland where he teaches fiction writing and raises two children, both too smart for their own good.

Brad Barkley

Brad Barkley



Grew up in?

North Carolina. I drove an orange Camaro and dated a cheerleader. LIfe was good.

Childhood ambition?

At a young age, to be a professional magician. I used to perform at biirthday parties, and I thought I would grow up and have a glitzy Las Vegas show where I turned women into tigers, or in a bar, making coins disappear for beautiful women.

Desert island book?

I’m tempted to say the dictionary, because it contains every other book, but I will probably just cheat and say the encyclopedia Britannica, so that I never run out of something to read.

Favorite city?

New York. It’s the capital of the world. I go there and just walk around, soaking it in.

Favorite movie?

Right now, I can’t get enough of Fight Club. That will change next month, I’m sure.

Where do you write?

At the desk I made myself using only a drill and a socket wrench set. I thought if I really wanted to be serious about writing, I should make my own desk.

What made you decide to write Dream Factory?

I wanted to write about the idea of what your life is “supposed” to be, versus what it actually turns out to be. An idea that has interested me for some time now.

How many times have you been to Disney World?

Don’t tell anyone this, but I have never been to Disneyworld. I don’t know if I ever will, but I would like to. I have been there in my mind a thousand times while writing the book, but I guess that doesn’t count.

Are any of your characters based on anyone in “real” life?

Not really, except that every character, always, carries some little piece of yourself.

What adjectives would you use to describe Dream Factory?

Funny, smart, romantic.

Most embarrassing moment?

I was taking the SAT test, and I had allergies, and in a room full of people I raised my hand and asked if they provided Kleenex for the testees. Say it out loud.

Smartest thing you ever did?

Make the commitment to write, and decide that I could do it and make a go of it, despite bad odds.

Life motto?

Listen to your heart more than your head. This motto will get you in trouble, but it’s never boring.

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