William Curtis Barnwell
William Barnwell is the author of nine novels and has won a number of awards for his creative writing. He attended undergraduate school in Memphis, Tennessee, working with Jack Farris at Rhodes College, and later in graduate school with Harry Crews at the University of Florida. Barnwell’s works are noted for their cogent style, deft plots and fast action.
When his first novel, The Blessing Papers, was released in England in 1980, Simon & Schuster bought the paperback rights of The Blessing Papers and contracted Barnwell for three more in a science-fantasy series that had good critical reception in the New York Times and magazines overseas: The Blessing Papers, Imram, The Sigma Curve and Book of the Romes. His fifth novel, The Scheme-of-the-Month Club, was reviewed as being a comic romp in South Carolina similar to what Carl Hiaasen does with Florida characters.
There have been many changes in the world of publishing and the writing life, and Barnwell chose to place his next three novels as e-Books. The Dungeon Below Bling-Bling High is a YA novel about the failure of inner-city schools mired in federal regulations demanding that "excellence" and "high expectations" rise yearly with only a hint to students or teachers about what that means. However, students take matters into their own hands, with a surprising result. Death of the Camel's Child involves the WWI desert legend Lawrence of Arabia, reincarnated as a hardcore villain and computer genius, determined to take back or blow-up what he considers his, which, in this case, is all the oil in the Middle East. The eighth novel, an alt/punk science-fantasy novel I, Lord Several, is being issued over time like nineteenth-century magazine serials. Some humans and insects are mixed genetically to be super-salesmen, like intelligent and aggressive ants that never give up on closing a deal. Lord Several is the sales manager in his region of this strange country. However, what do they sell, and why? Are they a threat to the larger world of humans, or just a forgotten experiment in the southwest?
Barnwell has recently finished his ninth novel, a contemporary economic thriller, Practice Resurrection, about a man who feels he is personally responsible for starting the Great Depression, and the family that has held his secret of a monetary conspiracy dating back to 1913.
William Barnwell is a member of the Authors Guild and the International Thriller Writers group (ITW). Excerpts from his works can be found at his website, williambarnwell.net, and all editions of his books, including collectibles, can be bought online or ordered at most bookstores