The poet needs only what the poet dreams…at least that’s what the author has been telling himself. Bailey Stone Barnard has been telling stories in his head all his life and eventually he started writing them down. He has written passionately his entire adult life, authoring dozens of short stories, two novellas, three short plays in verse, and hundreds of poems, in addition to the novel Monopole.
While an undergraduate studying creative writing, literature, and art history at the University of Iowa, where he completed courses at the famed Writer’s Workshop, Bailey won a fiction contest for the university’s undergraduate literary magazine. Shortly thereafter, he became a staff editor at the magazine and then its editor in chief. He transitioned his college experience into a print and digital media career.
Since 2007, Bailey has been a staff editor and social media manager at the luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report in Los Angeles, where he is now editor of its website. At various points during that time, he concurrently served as gear editor of the online music and audio-equipment magazine TONEaudio, editor of the North American newsletter for the international non-profit organization URI, and a freelance writer for various print and online publications. Bailey is a veteran of tradeshows, press trips, and junkets; a seasoned interviewer and project manager; and on numerous occasions he has been interviewed for television and online media.
Bailey's areas of expertise are technology and transportation—which he applied very directly to creating the future world within Monopole—with interests that include physics, engineering, politics, psychology, and music. Writing is his only true passion.
The author explores this theme metaphorically in the novel through the hero's persistence in building his machine, a monopolopic inductor able to send matter through space and time. He also explores the idea of being unable to hold onto life’s perfect moments while immersed in them, and the artist’s constant battle to balance contentment with fulfillment. If nothing else, writing the novel has taught the author to pick his battles carefully, so as not to let life’s perfect moments disappear.