C.B.Barrie originally followed a research and academic career resulting in a range of research and technical publications (These were written under B.C Blake-Coleman and/or Barrie Blake-Coleman) before taking up fiction as C.B. Barrie and Brian A Lee-Blackmore, the latter being primarily humour.
Like all aspiring authors, he battled long and hard to get his first fiction title published and this came about when a new publishing house (Winterwolf) was set up in the United States. He emphasises this aspect because after seven years, and almost two hundred submissions, no single agent or publisher in the UK would touch his first novel "To Each Their Own." However, it was enthusiastically received by publishers in the States (because they actually read it!) and he found myself spoilt for choice. Winterwolf seemed to have the right vibes and soon he found his title as one of ten new novels that Winterwolf included in their first publication list. Sadly, after some internecine struggles, Winterwolf lost its originator soon after it was set up and was unable to continue. However, for all its very limited lifetime in print, TETO has become somewhat of a cult title.
At the time Winterwolf ceased trading, his second book, "The Faraday Cipher," was in preparation for publication by Winterwolf. This meant the contract was rescinded and he had to find yet another publisher. Since he had a strong aversion to literary agents, it was never going to be an easy path for his books. He doesn’t write conventional stories or ones that follow the typical storylines. If anything, he writes for those who want to see something that tends to be entertaining, unconventional and raw. He likes good plots that are (hopefully) unpredictable; be it in near-future science fiction, or out and out suspense thrillers.
Very soon, readers will be able to access his most recent offerings, Subliminal2 -Messiah and Piggy Back, through Wallace Publishing. Both are books that revert to the kind of plots found in a few of his previous titles but with radically different overtones.