Barry Palmer, an intern for The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review discusses writing, characters, and what’s not for your granny.
Q: How did you learn about Eckleburg?
Barry Palmer: I first heard about Eckleburg while looking over information for the Johns Hopkins MA in writing program some years back. It definitely helped draw me towards the Johns Hopkins Program.
Q: What genres do you write?
BP: I write contemporary literary fiction, mostly short stories.
Q: What are your favorite things to write about?
BP: My favorite things to write about are decisions, and the consequences of indecision. Love, loss, and longing are also favorites of mine.
Q: What have been one or two of your favorite pieces you have seen in Eckleburg so far?
BP: “For His Now Dead Mother” by Jessica Baker was one of my favorite works of fiction that I have seen in Eckleburg so far.
Q: How do you approach writing?
BP: I approach writing scene by scene. Often it starts with a character in a certain situation in one vivid scene. I wonder at how he/she got there, and the story builds itself from there.
Q: In 5 words or less, describe what kind of a journal you think Eckleburg is.
BP: Not something Grandma would get.
Q: Anything else you want to share?
BP: I am an amateur painter and photographer as well. My paintings have been used by BubbleFish Designs for t-shirts, sweatshirts, and skateboard designs, as well as Deviation USA for downhill ski and snowboard designs.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Barry earned a BA in English from Cornell University in 2001. His professional career has taken him here and there but he never lost his passion for writing. In 2012 he stepped away from the world of corporate finance and went back to school to pursue his Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He currently works as a Consultant to an Online Media Company and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.