Robert V Baynes is concerned about the direction this country is headed. He wrote this first novel, The Day the Dollar Died, as a message to warn people of what could happen here if things continue as they are. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family. He also likes to vacation in new places, fish, read, garden and cook. Connect with the author via Twitter / Facebook / Website / Amazon.
My book is the story of an ordinary farmer and how his life has been very good in this country. Then things begin to change as the financial foundations of this country start to crumble. The main character, John, struggles with what to do and eventually loses everything he has worked so hard to build. He ends up having to make some very difficult choices to try to save his family.
Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about your writing background?
I have just started writing in the last year. I have written newsletters before writing my first novel, but I have never written a novel before.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I do have another job. I am the only income my family has, so I don’t have the luxury of just writing until I can get something to make money. I run my own business in addition to writing, so I only have a little time to write.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?
Yes, I would often read up to ten books a week. We did not have a TV when I was growing up, so I spent much of my time reading. I read a lot of different types of books. I read westerns, animal stories and detective stories, just to name a few of the types of books I enjoyed.
Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.
My latest book is titled ‘The Day the Dollar Died’. It is a novel with a message. I wrote it because I see some major problems coming to America and I wanted to alert people to those problems. I chose to present it in novel form so it would be easy to read and understand.
Most of the time while I was writing, it was stream of consciousness. I did know where I wanted to go with the story, but mostly I just described what I saw in my head.
What was your goal when writing this book?
My goal when writing this book was to engage the reader enough so that they would see what I see happening in this country. I wanted to help them to see that what occurred in the book could become reality if things don’t change.
Who is your target audience?
My target audience is good hardworking people who see there are problems with the way our country is run. Some of the groups of people would be entrepreneurs, home schoolers, conservatives, survivalists and Christians.
From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?
All total, it took a little less than a year. I started writing in the spring of 2014 and finished it by the end of that year. Then it took about three months to get it edited and into print.
They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?
I think I handle negative reviews pretty well. I realize that nothing will please everybody. Of course it helps that the large majority of my reviews are positive.
Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
Yes, I am currently working on another book called ‘The Day the Fire Fell’. It actually starts the same as the first book, but takes a different turn of events and has a totally different ending.