Robert V. Baynes is concerned about the direction this country is headed. He wrote this first novel 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. He’s here today to talk about his first book, The Day the Dollar Died.
Mayra Calvani: Please tell us about The Day the Dollar Died and what compelled you to write it.
Robert V. Baynes: The Day the Dollar Died is a novel with a message. I can see some major problems coming to America and I wanted to write a book to help others see the same problems. I decided to write it in novel form because I thought that would be the easiest to read and understand.
M.C.: What is your book about?
R. B.: 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.
M.C.: What themes do you explore in The Day the Dollar Died?
R. B.: There are a few themes I explore. First of all, I followed the theme of what could happen here if our economic actions continue as they have. Another theme is what could happen in a crisis if our government gets involved. I also explored the theme of what an average citizen may have to do to regain their freedom.
M.C.: Why do you write?
R. B.: I wrote this book as a message, but I found that as I wrote, I really began to like writing fiction. Even more, I liked writing fiction with a message because it really gave meaning to the writing.
M.C.: When do you feel the most creative?
R. B.: I feel the most creative in the mornings. I think it is best for me to concentrate most of my writing in the morning.
M.C.: How picky are you with language?
R. B.: I think choosing the right language is very important in character development. If you have an ordinary farmer, you don’t want him to sound like a college professor unless of course that is the character you want to portray. I also think using common language that everyone understands is very realistic.
M.C.: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?
R. B.: I don’t know if I would phrase it that way. However, I do sometimes feel like I am just describing a story that I see being played out in my head.
M.C.: What is your worst time as a writer?
R. B.: I think the worst time is after you finish the book and are waiting on the edits and everything it takes to get the book to market. I am not a very patient person.
M.C.: Your best?
R. B.: My best time is when people who have read my book give it great reviews and say that everyone should read my book.
M.C.: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
R. B.: I am not sure. I suppose if I got all negative feedback and I couldn’t sell any books.
M.C.: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
R. B.: I think the happiest moment was when I could tell my family that after six months of working on my book, I had finally finished it.
M.C.: Is writing an obsession to you?
R. B.: I don’t think I would call it an obsession, but I definitely enjoy it. There are times that I actually have to force myself to write.
M.C.: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?
R. B.: I think all of my writing is connected with me and definitely has parts of my personality in it. Many characters have some of my personality traits.
M.C.: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
R. B.: I’m not sure I am that poetic. You do need to keep writing and not let the negative elements in your life keep you from writing any way. I do think that good writers are students of reality so that what they write seems realistic.
M.C.: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
R. B.: My website can be found here . Unfortunately it doesn’t have a lot about me. The best way for people to find out more about me is to follow me on Facebook.