In a debut that could have been ripped from today’s headlines but was, in fact, imagined years earlier when the author came to recognize through his own business dealings that “people believe what they want to believe”, Shimmer , by Eric Barnes, is the story of a high-tech crusade nearing its end – a novel that charges the atmosphere with suspense and delivers complex characters you want to believe in – in spite of their flaws.
Eric Barnes is the publisher of the Daily News in Memphis and The Memphis News. He was formerly COO of a communications corporation, a reporter, and editor. He grew up in Washington and Alaska, working construction and in the fisheries.
Eric has an MFA from Columbia University and his fiction has appeared in several publications including The Portland Review, The Northwest Review, The Greensboro Review, and Other Voices. Forthcoming stories will appear in Pearl, Prairie Schooner, and Raritan.
Of his early days as a COO, Eric remembers sitting around the conference room table, regularly required to give a brief bio when meeting with potential investors. Whenever Eric would mention his MFA from Columbia, the suits on the other side of the table would say, “An MBA from Columbia? Interesting.” They believed what they wanted to believe. This is Eric’s first novel.