Friday , September 18 2020
"I think most of our leaders either are not smart enough to recognize the mess they are making or they don’t care. I wrote this book to expose where we as a country could be headed."

Interview: Robert V. Baynes, Author of ‘The Day the Dollar Died’

dad 2My guest today is author Robert V Baynes. Baynes is concerned about the direction this country is headed. He wrote his first political 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. 

Congratulations on the release of your latest book, The Day the Dollar Died. When did you start writing and what got you into political fiction? 

I started writing this book sometime in the spring of 2014. I got into political fiction because I am concerned about the direction America is heading. I think most of our leaders either are not smart enough to recognize the mess they are making or they don’t care. I wrote this book to expose where we as a country could be headed.

What is your book about? 

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.

What was your inspiration for it? 

I wanted to write a book to warn people of the dangers I see coming to this country. I decided that a novel would be the best way to get the message across and make the book easy to read. As I started writing it, the book almost took on a life of its own. I just wrote what I saw and needed very few notes.

book cover (1)-1What do you hope readers will get from your book? 

I hope readers will think about the message of the book. Some may agree with the message and others may disagree with it, but I hope it makes every reader think. I also hope that readers do get some entertainment value from it as a novel.

Did your book require a lot of research? 

Actually, my book didn’t require a lot of research. I keep up to date about what is happening in this country, so I knew a bit about what I wrote about. One thing I liked about writing fiction is that you don’t have to verify everything because you are making it up as you go.

How do you keep your narrative exciting? 

I tried to put in as many details as I could so that readers could picture themselves in the story. I put a few twists and turns in the story, but it is a fairly straightforward story. I also tried to paint a good word picture of each of the characters in the story.

What was your publishing process like? 

I had heard many horror stories of writers who had submitted books to multiple publishers, only to be turned down by all of them. I chose to self-publish my book on create space. This type of publishing is easy, but the hard part is getting publicity after that.

Where is your book available? 

Currently, my book is available on Amazon in paperback, on Kindle and in audio form. I also have a website at www.thedaythedollardied.net . As of this interview, I do not have the book available anywhere else.

Photo and cover art published with permission from the author’s publicist.


About Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Represented by Serendipity Literary.

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