Steven Barnes, the author of fifteen novels and as many teleplays, has been
nominated for both the Hugo and Cable Ace awards. Mr. Barnes lives in Covina, California with his wife, Tananarive Due, near his
ex-wife and good friend Toni, his daughter Lauren, son Jason Kai
Due-Barnes, two cats, a ghost dog, Hipshot, and three invisible
Photo credit: Roger Werth
This biography was last updated on 07/05/2010.
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The Music of Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes
February 18, 2003
About three years ago, I was deeply occupied with the writing of Lion's Blood. I came to feel that the basic concept behind it was almost outrageously controversial, and that I would be able to use every ounce of creativity I could muster to increase verisimilitude, to overcome a reader's natural tendency to say "It's only a book, its only a book..." which would severely compromise my goals for the project. It occurred to me that one way to do this would be the deeping on the slave culture, to give the reader the sense that they had existed before the book began, and would continue to live after the covers were closed. What if, I thought, I could create some Irish slave songs: spirituals, work songs, etc., that would carry their culture and express their emotions in a way similar to the way such songs did in the American South?
I had been introduced to Heather Alexander by a mutual friend, Sonia Lyris, and thought that Heather might be absolutely idealshe was talented, a dynamite performer, a songwriter, and we had made, I thought, a good personal connection. This was essential, because Lion's Blood is an ...
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