Monday, October 12, 2015

Inteview with Riley Barton

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
I think what made my homeschooling experience unique was that I was blessed with a great family and friends from my local church which made growing up in south western Idaho an awesome experience. Being able to get away with other homeschoolers to go camping or just to hang out was really helpful in nurturing my imagination. And being able to take my school work with me anywhere meant that my brother and I could literally go anywhere and do anything all year round without sacrificing our education. 
How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
It gave me the opportunity to exercise my creativity in my own time. When you're not sitting in a classroom for eight hours a day with another four hours of homework every night, it really gives you time to pursue the things you love.

What caused you to start writing?
I'm not really sure what started it. I've been writing books since I was seven years old, so I guess I've always been a storyteller at heart.

What inspired Rain Saga?
My book "Rain Saga" was inspired after I moved from the high-deserts of Idaho to the near-rainforest I live in now in Northwest Montana. To me, it seemed like it rained all the time. So it didn't take long for me to come up with the idea.

Would you give us a synopsis?
The year is 2119. Twenty years ago the world changed forever. Almost overnight, the serene, blue sphere that was once our Earth, was reduced to a dark green smudge, shrouded in a blanket of torrential storms. Millions died in the flash floods. Millions more succumbed to disease. Luna McKelly's parents were among the survivors who fled to the shielded city of New Denver in the early years of the disaster. 
Now 18, Luna is a gifted scientific prodigy working on a cure for the dreaded Blister Wart disease-a fungal infection that rapidly consumes its host if left un-checked. But when an expedition into the swamp goes horribly wrong, Luna soon finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew as her entire world unravels around her. 

Who will enjoy Rain Saga?
"Rain Saga" is a young-adult, science fiction novel set in a post-apcolyptic world, so anyone who is a fan of sci-fi or dystopian fiction will enjoy this book. However, despite being written for readers between the ages of twelve to eighteen, many older readers have also expressed their interest in the story's captivating plot. In short: if you are looking for a clean, young adult novel, with plenty of action, mystery, and suspense, then "Rain Saga" is the book for you.

Do you plan to write more books?
I would like to, though at the moment I haven't had any real inspiration. But that usually tends to change once fall hits, so I'm hopeful. 

Where can people connect with you online?
You can follow me on Facebook and you can also follow my book, "Rain Saga" at If you're interested in purchasing a copy of my book, you can do so at 

Do you have any final thoughts?
If you like my book, please leave a review on, A good word really goes a long way.


  1. Cool book. I should check it out. Keep writing Mr.Barton.

  2. You should! It's on sale for 30% off at if you're interested.

    I've been super busy lately, so I haven't really had time to do much writing. But there are still a ton of ideas running around in my head--so you never know!