Welcome Richard Barnes

Welcome to Four Foxes one Hound. Our special guest today is Richard Barnes. Richard Whitten Barnes was born in Minnesota but grew up on the north side of Chicago… yes, a lifelong Cubs fan. A graduate of Michigan State University majoring in chemistry, he is now retired from a long career in international chemical sales and marketing, taking him all over the world. Barnes is a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and an avid sailor. Richard, his wife Marg and dog Sparty live in Lake Wylie, S.C., but spend summers at their cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario.


Thank you, Elaine, for inviting me to your blog. If I can give your readers some insight into how one finds himself embroiled in the sometimes frustrating, always inspiring business of writing, it is my pleasure.

I guess my first inclination that I might be better than the average bloke at expressing myself was in college. As a chem major I took a course in Technical Writing and received a rare (for me) A. Forty some years later, after a career in sales/marketing and having written a gazillion proposals, business letters and marketing plans, I retired with an idea to teach ESL&GED classes plus take a hand to woodworking. A night class in short story writing put those plans to rest some years later. I was hooked!

Lucky for me I found a group of like-mined and equally naïve aspiring writers who met monthly. By then I had a few short stories finished. They urged me to turn one of them into a book. A book? … “I could never write a whole book!” THE CORYDON SNOW turned out to be over 100K words. It is still one of my favorite efforts.

Being retired affords one a lot of time to write. Since then I have nine other novels, switching genres between Historical Fiction–usually with a military theme–and Mystery. My most recent mysteries have been a series featuring a female Ontario Provincial detective.

Of course, writers draw from their experiences, and I have been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively in my career. I cannot say how many times I have used a situation or anecdote from my exposure to other cultures and varied adventures. These, plus reading the works of other writers, both good and bad, help the words flow onto the page. Let me add that for a writer of history, one must love the research, or it would be drudgery.

I have asked other writers how they work and have found few who, like me, write cursive in notebooks (pencil + good eraser) then transcribe that into the computer. I find the act of scribbling the first words down to be tactile and satisfying. Also, the act of transcribing them into the computer acts as a first edit. An idea or feeling sometimes looks different in print.


My latest novel, MEDALLION, was published this past April.



I would love to have your readers visit my Amazon page featuring all ten of my books plus video trailers for most of them.


They can contact me directly at:


Again, thanks for this chance to introduce myself to your readers.



About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Welcome Richard Barnes

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Welcome, Richard! Like you, I’m from the north central US. Unlike you, I’m still here in Michigan. I agree that retirement gives you a lot more time to write. Congratulations on your newest release – it sounds like something Jeff, our resident fox, would enjoy. Thanks for sharing your path to authorship – I agree, having a group of like-minded writers around to encourage, guide, and push you on a regular basis really helps.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    pleased to meet you, Richard. And thank you for your military service. I’m also a veteran, but USAF… I did not possess the fearlessness necessary to leap OUT of airplanes.
    I’m intrigued by your Medallion novel, with what looks like a Messerschmidt on the cover. I read a lot — fiction and non-fiction — about WW2.
    And, by the way, we might have been neighbors in Chicago. I lived there for about two years, as a toddler, from about 1952-54. Don’t recall seeing you, however. LOL


  3. Welcome to the blog, Richard. Any experiences, any reading definitely makes anyone more well-rounded person and certainly a better writer.I am so glad that you have a fun and fulfilling writing career.


  4. Thanks Tonetti
    Wish I had more time to read. I agree it makes one a better writer. Seems I’m jealous of my writing time.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Richard, thanks so much for sharing with us today. We’re glad to get to know you.


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