Barry Finlay was raised on a farm in Manitoba, Canada. Since his retirement from the Canadian federal government in 2004, he has been raising money for children in Africa and for Wounded Warriors Canada. He has also become a bestselling author of non-fiction works, Kilimanjaro and Beyond and I Guess We Missed the Boat and the suspense-filled, The Vanishing Wife. His newest book, A Perilous Question, is another thriller about two young African girls who fall into a human trafficking ring that brings them to America, and the woman who tries to save them. Barry has been honoured by at least one award for each book and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Evelyn.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. I moved to my
current home in
Describe your book ‘Kilimanjaro and Beyond’ in 30 words or less.
It is an honest, exciting and humorous example of the satisfaction that can be achieved by helping oneself and others.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Since Chris climbed with me and he provides his input from a 30-year old perspective, I will speak for him as well. I believe the hardest part was ensuring that the descriptions are vivid enough that people can experience the physical and mental challenges we went through preparing for the climb and being on the mountain and the emotional experience of meeting the Tanzanian children afterwards. We both wanted people to be right beside us as they read the book. I think we accomplished that with the help of our wonderful editor, Kip Kirby, who kept asking for more.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
This is going to sound like an evasive answer from a politician but I think I am influenced by the people who write the books. I am inspired by the work people like Greg Mortenson have done to help make the world a better place. I am inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary amazing things. I generally like to be entertained when I read. I admire nonfiction authors who have the ability to draw a reader into the book in the first few pages.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
I have done book
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I still work part time but I try to be active. I try to go to the gym three times a week. I love to play golf, ride my bike, hike and travel. We have two granddaughters so it is great fun to spend time with them.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects on the go. Since I was in leadership roles throughout most of my career, I am writing short essays on leadership as I see it on a new blog atwww.managementhints.blogspot.com. I am also writing a creative nonfiction book about some of the funny things that have happened during our travels around the world. More information will be available on that at www.plankilimanjaro.blogspot.com.
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