10 Statements – Barry Knister


Barry Knister was a university professor before turning to full-time writing. His first novel, The Dating Service was published by Berkley. His second, Just Bill is a novel for adults about dogs and owners, and was published by Gold Mountain Press. Knister has published two previous novels in the Brenda Contay suspense series. The first (The Anything Goes Girl) draws on his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The second (Deep North) is set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, where he fishes each spring. Knister is the past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and served as the director of the Cranbrook Summer Writers Conference. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, Barbara, and their Aussie shepherd, Skylar.

Find me…

Website:  http://www.bwknister.com/index.html
Amazon:  Barry Knister
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My personal motto:

After many years, I’ve boiled down my personal motto to four words, here made acceptable to more delicate ears: “Don’t be an ***hole.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a question I make no effort to answer: During the time I’ve been asleep, hundreds, in fact thousands of people have died. Why am I still here?
  2. I lose track of time all the time. In part, this has to do with growing old, but it also has to do with time being a river. Like everyone else, I’m splashing around in it, playing water volleyball or bashing others with a Styrofoam noodle as they bash me, without thinking about the river. Then something happens to make me aware of it. Say, a dorsal fin.
  3. I have always… avoided the concept of “always.” It’s too limiting, and I prefer to keep my options open.
  4. I have never… Ditto for “I have always.” Never say never, I say. Burning bridges is always an act of egotistical self-assertion, of vanity.
  5. Home means to me… the opposite of homelessness. At certain useful moments, I become aware of how good I have it, and how terrible it would be to be at an intersection with a hand-lettered sign. I realize how much luckier I am than I deserve. I’ve done nothing in particular to be worthy of the life I have, and I strongly doubt most of those with signs at intersections have “earned” their way to such an existence.
  6. I am inspired by… my wife. Every day, the high point for me is mixing a rob roy at Happy Hour (Scotch and a little sweet vermouth over ice, topped off with a dash of bitters), pouring Barbara a glass of wine, and sitting down for an hour before dinner. Looking forward to this time is inspiring, principally because my wife is such good company. But of course the rob roy has something to do with it.
  7. I would like to meet… Mark Twain, but this isn’t possible. I wouldn’t mind meeting the Dalai Lama, but I’m sure that’s out, too: he must be so booked up with people who want to say they met him that the velvet rope would never be opened for me.
  8. My worst character trait… is being perfect. This aspect of my makeup is a great burden, mainly because it tends to put people off. It’s annoying for normal, flawed humans to be forced to rub elbows with perfection.
  9. My best character trait… — an inevitable feature of being perfect — is unlimited humility. If you’re perfect, the least you can do is be humble about it, and so, being perfect, I demonstrate humility 24/7.
  10. The best advice I was given… has become my personal motto (see above).


The Anything Goes Girl (Brenda Contay, #1)

Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look For Trouble—But It Keeps Finding Her

When she said “yes” too often in college, she became “the anything goes girl.” Pretty soon her sex life figured in locker-room graffiti.

But when Brenda Contay makes it big on local TV as W-DIG’s Lightning Rod reporter, everything seems to be turning around for her. Except succeeding in tabloid TV because your butt looks good in Levis isn’t much different from the “anything goes” days.

That’s why Brenda quits television to learn the truth behind an old lover’s death. Vince Soublik drowned recently, off a tiny island in the Pacific. But All-State swimmers like Vince don’t just drown.

When she gets to the island, Brenda learns that Vince’s death was collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to break the story is next to zero.

But you never can tell about “the anything goes girl”—she just hates to lose.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/mBe7XZ


deep-north-by-barry-knisterDeep North (Brenda Contay, #2)


Journalist Brenda Contay seems to have it all: a Pulitzer Prize, plenty of money and lots of friends. Just one thing is missing: a relationship that counts.

That seems about to change when lawyer friend Marion Ross invites Brenda to go fishing in northern Minnesota. But they won’t be roughing it: they’ll be staying on a big, comfy houseboat. Charlie Schmidt has a cabin nearby, and before long, Brenda is thinking a lot about Charlie’s gracefulness and good looks.

But two other men have followed the women. Louis Rohmer knew Marion in college, and has an Internet scheme to steal everything she’s worth. Jerry Lomak is much more dangerous: Marion’s legal skills destroyed him in court. He’s headed for prison, but Lomak has no intention of doing time, or of letting a woman lawyer get away with her “crimes.”

It’s a beautiful place, northern Minnesota. Cold, clear, unblemished. But none of it will count when Brenda Contay must choose between losing her chance for happiness, or committing a terrible crime.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/brg7Qw


godsend_barry_knister_fc_finalGodsend (Brenda Contay, #3)
>>> Release date: 2017-02-03 <<<

A year after Pulitzer journalist Brenda Contay killed a killer, she’s convinced what she did has destined her to a life of unhappiness. Determined to run away from her past, and the man she loves, Brenda meets her next story in Naples, Florida.

James Rivera is smart, charming, and deadly. He believes he’s destiny’s child and that fate is why he’s getting rich by helping people who want to die. Even when they change their minds.

Brenda’s search for the story behind James Rivera will lead her back to her troubled past, and to a life-changing lesson: destiny isn’t waiting for us. It’s what we make it.

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bQZXWP  >>> Release date: February 3, 2017! <<<



10 thoughts on “10 Statements – Barry Knister

  1. Pingback: Reading Links…2/7/17 – Where Genres Collide

  2. Enjoyed Barry’s responses. I grew up in Detriot and used to visit Cranbrook when we wanted to supplement our meager resources with Cadillac hubcaps. Our family finally moved to Birmingham and my job was to guard our hubcaps.

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