Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Spending four years in Thailand with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Research & Development Center, Supreme Command-Thailand during the Vietnam War as contributor to the Mekong River Project counterinsurgency book for the U.S. Armed Forces, I also directed the aerial photography along the Mekong River from the CIA Sikorski Helio 19 helicopters. I was an aerial photographer while teaching high school and college science over 30-years. This is when I began collecting data for the MINDREACHER series. The ARPA library was a goldmine of information. Other books are: "Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery" and "MARY KNEW - A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures." An avid artist and professional photographer, many projects are looming.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book is MINDREACHER. I began collecting data years ago that I might use in the sci-fi thriller. Working for ARPA gathering data for our troops future counterinsurgency efforts, if needed, took me to almost every airbase in Thailand and to all the areas needed to gather info all along the Mekong River bordering Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I wanted to write a book so real that readers could not tell fact from fiction. Reader state I succeeded. I love the military and am quite a patriot. It shows in MINDREACHER. The concepts are new and exciting.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I use a computer as writing is too slow. My science and military tactics data collections took a 4-drawer file cabinet. I became a pilot to better write the flying section. Marines gave me sniper rifles to practice with for that section of the book. I like to experience much of what I write to be accurate.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The first author I really enjoyed was Alistar McClean's adventures. I had every one of his books and other sci-fi and/or thriller authors.
What are you working on now?
The second book in the series, "MINDREACHER - The Galapagos Project," is finished. I am looking for an agent or publisher.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use social media, but can't do it like you do. LOL I refer people to http://www.irenebaron.com and http://www.mindreacher.net
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
The only websites I have people can access are:www.irenebaron.com & http://www.mindreacher.net
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Once you determine what you're going to write about, start collecting your data. Have it filed alphabetically so you can find it. Keep abreast of the latest research and discoveries in your field of writing. Get permission to use information from the research teams or businesses. Acknowledge them and everyone who helps along the way. Months before your book is published, apply for the Library of Congress Control Number so librarians can find your book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Join a GOOD writing organization to gain information from the expert members. Attend affordable conferences.
What are you reading now?
TI read several books at a time, some for entertainment and others for information. Current ones include: "Space Settlements - A Design Study" by NASA,"2023 NIGHT SKY ALMANAC" by Nicole Mortillaro for my Astronomy Club,
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have been creating art for an Angel Alphabet Book. The art work takes much time and is very detailed. The art is similar to Russian icons but original in every way.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The KJV of the Bible, Atlas Shrugged, a good survival book, and an astronomy book full of charts.