Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Barry Eva, also known as â€œStoryheart,” left his beloved England in 2000, moving to the USA to be with the woman he’d met and fallen in love with on the Internet.
Better known for his short romance stories on the net and in his book Stories from the Heart, Barry is popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations, where his wit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee.
Barry is also the author of the new young adult romance novel, Across the Pond.Â We interviewed Barry to find out more about his book and his writing life.
Thank you for this interview, Storyheart.Â Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long youâ€™ve been writing?
I was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. I moved to the US in 2000 after meeting my now wife on the internet. We now live in Connecticut with our two children.
I have written songs and poems and a few childrenâ€™s short plays while younger then about twelve years ago I started writing short romance stories under the name â€œStoryheartâ€. Firstly on the net, then in my book Stories from the Heart.
Then a few years ago I decided to try and write a childrenâ€™s story. This change meant basically learning how to write all over again, from short stories jotted down in one session to a regimented writing regime.
Do you write full-time?
No, I have a full time job working with computers, as well as running several karaoke shows, another of my hobbies, and having a young family. Writing is an escape as and when I can manage it.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
I never really class myself as a writer or even author I really call myself a story teller. My stories might not be the best literary master pieces, but as a story people enjoy them. I after having many comments and kind remarks made about my short online stories, I got 40 or so of them published in my first book Stories from the Heart. This was not a good book, full of mistakes and badly edited, in fact Iâ€™ve re-written nearly all the stories since that time. However it taught me what was required to produce something better and Across the Pond is the result of that learning curve.
What was your favorite book to read as a child?
I used to read all sorts as a child, of course being raised in England; Dickens was always there to read and enjoy. My favorite books as a child though where adventure book with the Biggles books written by Capt. W.E. Johns some of the ones I really liked. I do not think you had them in the U.S. Biggles is a WW1 fighter pilot/detective.
What is your favorite book at the present?
I love â€œsea-faringâ€ adventure books, Alexander Kent being one of my favorite authors. Anything with a bit of â€œswash and buckleâ€.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English born Fred Squire is not happy. Then he meets Brittany.
Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred is further confused when he meets Brit’s flirtatious friend, Angel.
Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred’s world is turned upside down.
Life continues to throw Fred a curve ball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family barbecue, and a chase through a mall all add to Fred’s American adventure.
“Brit and her Brit”, know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return to England. But not before some final twists in the tale.
What was the inspiration behind your book?Â Why did you feel a need to write it?
They say write about what you know. Moving from England, I know first hand about the issues one runs into in the U.S., with the language and everything else.
I wanted to write a novel and include some humor, as well as the romance part.
What message are you trying to convey with this book?
People who have read the book have picked up many different aspects of the story, from fist love, the humor, the language difference education to even helping parents close gaps with their young teen girls
Do you ever get writerâ€™s block and what do you do when that happens?
Yes, I canâ€™t force myself to write I have to wait until the thoughts come to me. I find if I sit down and say I am going to write two chapters today or something, it is disjointed and does not flow. When the next part of the story is ready to be told, then I sit down and write.
Do you have a website?Â Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?
Yes, I have several web sites, which I manage myself; http://romance2read.com for instance holds my short romance stories. The publishers created a web site which I soon took over and developed. If you visit http://across-t-pond.com youâ€™ll see the work Iâ€™ve done there.
Whatâ€™s next for you?
Iâ€™ve received so many wonderful reviews and request for a follow up that my next book is already in the planning stage. Those whom have read the book have noticed there are one or to open situations which could be continued.
Thank you for this interview, Storyheart.Â Do you have any final words youâ€™d like to share with my readers?
I wrote the book originally for teens, though as reviewers on Amazon have stated:
â€œAlthough this was a lovely teen romance, it also touched me as an adult. Anyone young at heart or a romantic can enjoy Across the Pond.â€
Beware though as one reader told meâ€¦
â€œOnce I picked up this book, I could not put it down. The housework was forgotten, lunch was forgotten, until I finished the book.”