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Barry Brennessel

When Barry’s first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry’s audience—consisting solely of friends and family—were both amused and bemused.

Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Tinseltown, a Finalist in the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, is Barry’s first novel. His novel The Celestial won the Gold Medal in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and was a Finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.ReunionParadise at Main and Elm, and A Special Kind of Folk were all Finalists in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and a winning entry in the 2013 WILDSound Screenplay competition; 1st Place in the Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition; 3rd Place in the Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition; Finalist Status in the Great Gay Screenplay Competition; and 4th Place in the London Film Awards.

When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm…cheese!)

Current Releases
In the land of snow monsters and steam baths, complex characters as diverse as the Japanese terrain experience lust, loss, and love. A young boy performs a daring rescue. A woman loses her old life to face an uncertain new one. A teenager suffers ...
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Sideways Down the Sky
Aiden Royce's journey to an isolated New England hillside raises specters from his past. But a chance encounter alters the course of his future. A future he never dreamt possible. In the span between the Great War and the Great Depression, Aid...
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Paradise at Main and Elm

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A Special Kind of Folk

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Running Up That Hill
Love was the last thing Todd Webster Morgan expected to find while searching for gold in 1870s California. But that was before he met Lao Jian. Hardened beyond his nineteen years, Todd Webster Morgan is determined to find gold high in the Sier...
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The Celestial

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Elijah's previous holiday season was a disaster. This year, he's determined to give a surprise gift that he prays will erase the lingering bad memories. But his idea catches the attention of March-an attractive, mysterious man who is bent ...
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All the Souls on Earth Holiday 2011 Release #24
Film student Micah Malone learns the hard way that when life sucks, you can’t just yell, “Cut! Let’s do another take!” His grades are a box-office bomb. His friends create more drama than a soap opera. And his love life...
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Nathan Tanyon’s encounters with a ditzy social climber are hardly by chance. Helena Arntree claims to know far more details than the police about the death of Nathan’s wealthy aunt. Nathan insists she has it all wrong, but she manipu...
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The Price of Silence

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