IRENE BARON Updated 8 February 2020 https://www.mindreacher.net/radio_press_kit_mindreacher/
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AUTHOR/SPEAKER IRENE BARON
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INTRODUCTION BY HOST: Author Irene Baron [say: I-rene Bear-on], is an award winning author and aerial photographer. You can learn more about Irene Baron at her primary website, www.irenebaron.com. Her MINDREACHER website is at www.Mindreacher.net
Welcome Irene Baron.
QUESTIONS FOR IRENE BARON:
1. Tell us about your new thriller, MINDREACHER
In this exciting story, the President initiates his secret VESPER project to locate powerful telepaths, 'mindreachers' rumored to have been born decades ago in South Africa and hidden around the globe. The mindreachers can help rid the United States of terrorists.
A former SEAL healing from a combat wound, Major Jon Coulter, USMC, is ordered to work with a minor female telepath to find a mindreacher who could telepathically identify terrorists hell-bent on destroying the United States with nuclear weapons. At the same time during this Top Secret work, Coulter is assigned to learn how telepathy could be used in future combat situations.
MINDREACHER, the first novel in the mindreacher series, is filled with terrorists, technology, telepathy, and global adventures of an American duo battling assassins from al-Qaeda groups and their amoebic offspring around the world. They are on every international hit list by terrorists who don't want to be found.
2. This adventure book is about the United States combating terrorism and identifying terrorists. How did you learn so much about that?
During the Vietnam War, I worked as an Information Specialist for Battelle Memorial Institute which was contracted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Research & Development Center – Supreme Command, Thailand. (OSD/ARPA/R&D Center-Thailand). I helped write the classified Mekong River Project book for counterinsurgency along the Mekong River bordering Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. I directed aerial photography along the Mekong River from CIA/Air America helicopters and winged aircraft.
When ARPA cleared their library of extra declassified books and manuals, I purchased as many as I could to learn about survival skills, counter-insurgency, weaponry, warfare, etc. That’s when I realized others might be interested in these subjects. I began collecting data for my future thriller series.
Since I worked primarily with Generals and Colonels, I was privy to and had to use information in other departments in ARPA. Was I allowed to talk about it? No. Not even to my family. They knew where I was, but not what I was doing in Bangkok, Thailand. Completing Top Secret work, I could discuss nothing outside of the ARPA offices. No one knew what I did except ARPA staff and OSD. I was told to not reveal any information to visiting politicians, no matter who they were.
MINDREACHER Information gathering about current terrorist conditions and changing organizations took research. I have a fantastic insurgency, survival, and terrorist library base at home and superior reference personnel at my local library. Online, I did so much terrorist research, I felt tagged for observation.
3. MINDREACHER takes place primarily in Southeast Asia. What experiences have you had in that part of the world?
I worked with ARPA four years in SE Asia. I traveled in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indochina, China, India, Sri Lanka, etc. I learned about those countries and their people which is reflected in MINDREACHER.
It is a totally different mindset to live there. Back then, conditions were primitive in upcountry locations. I really enjoyed flying into all the American USAF airports throughout Thailand. Our USAF pilots and support crews were busy flying Phantoms in and out of Thai military airports when bombing terrorist and Vietcong sites. I could hear the bombs going off when resting along the banks of the Mekong River or in airports like Nakorn Phanom.
4. Where do you get all your new ideas for the James Bond type gadgets your hero uses?
As an Information Specialist, I enjoyed learning the latest information about new weapons, equipment and wartime techniques. For every new gadget I used, I had permission to do so. Many are still in the research stages. I read technology books and newsletters from private and government research sites. They are quite informative in providing information on the latest wartime gadgets. I want my work to stun readers as they laugh and wonder at what they are reading.
5. What surprised you about your research?
It was fun to ask for permission to use data or industry names because when I did, industry contacts would laugh. They were surprised a female wanted access to their data for a thriller book. Readers will find a glossary and list of references in each MINDREACHER book with links for them to access more data if they’re interested.
6. What’s the next book in the series and when will it be published?
Book two, MINDREACHER – The Galapagos Incident, will be published in 2020. It takes place in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. I spent time on the islands researching conditions for this second book in the series. The United States Navy has a strong part of that book. Australians will enjoy their unsung heroes written into the story. I expect readers will be astounded by the storyline. Each volume of MINDREACHER will take place in a different country. MINDREACHER followers will learn about many cultures, local beliefs and terrorist activities within the borders. The same Marine hero and female telepath will be highlighted in each novel of the series.
7. Which of your books have received awards?
Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery. I began studying astronomy in college. I taught astronomy at the high school level. I began studying ancient scriptures as a teenager by borrowing books from local churches and personal libraries of many pastors. When NASA sent me almost 70 astronomy computer programs, I used them to research information about predawn skies at that time in history. I studied ancient astronomers and their beliefs. With that information and after several years of working with the astronomy software, I discovered the Christmas star. I placed the facts in my book.
Mary Knew – A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures. Using ancient testimony written by Apostle James, Joseph's youngest son, I rewrote his eyewitness scriptures about Mary, Christ's mother, as a historical narrative.
WRITING HISTORY: https://www.irenebaron.com/irene_baron_writing_history/
Author: Mindreacher- Book 1 of Mindreacher Series. Paperback. June 2019.
Author: Mindreacher- Book 1 of Mindreacher Series. eBook. June 2019
Author: Mary Knew - A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures. Third Place Bronze Medal. Illumination Book Awards. 2018 Exemplary Christian Biography. Paperback. 2018.
Author: Mary Knew - A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures. Third Place Bronze Medal. Illumination Book Awards. 2018 Exemplary Christian Biography. eBook. 2018.
Author/Illustrator: Unraveling The Christmas Star Mystery; First Place Gold Medal, Illumination Book Awards, 2013 Exemplary Christian Education Book. Paperback. 2013
Author/Illustrator: Unraveling The Christmas Star Mystery; First Place Gold Medal, Illumination Book Awards, 2013 Exemplary Christian Education Book. eBook. 2013
Author: Operational Procedures: Laboratory Material Division (all levels) for Battelle Memorial Institute (Remote Area Conflict Information Center), Office Secretary of Defense/Advanced Research Projects Agency/Research &Development Center, Supreme Command Headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand
Contributing Author: Mekong River Project, Top Secret. Geology & Hydrology sections for Battelle Memorial Institute (Remote Area Conflict Information Center), Office Secretary of Defense/Advanced Research Projects Agency/Research &Development Center, Supreme Command Headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand.
Author/Illustrator: The Circus Clown Alphabet, limited edition.
Author: Mindreacher - The Galapagos Incident, Book 2 of Mindreacher Series. Scheduled for publication 2020.
Author: Mindreacher, Book 1 of the Mindreacher Series. Publication date 2020.
Editor, Managing & Contributing: "Earth Scientist," The Journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, East-Central Region
Editor: Midwest United States - geological newsletters/publications/newspapers, etc
Information Specialist, Information Systems Research Division, Remote Area Conflict Information Center, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH & Bangkok,Thailand.
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Training: World Engineers Joint Council London, England. This training allowed Baron to read a manuscript or book and place the contents into a database with the information reduced to 4-5 searchable key words. This was accomplished for the Remote Area Conflict Information Center located at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio & Bangkok, Thailand. This coursework provided training for creating information retrieval systems prior to use of Internet and electronic search engines. By applying information learned in these listed courses, Irene was able to complete research for her own books quickly and efficiently. Coursework included:
Abstracting Techniques: Types of Abstracts
Component Operations & Procedural Steps in Coordinate Indexing
Index & Collection Organization & Storage
Information Retrieval Thesauri
Information System Objectives & Approaches
Introduction to Mechanization of Information Storage & Retrieval
Levels of Sophistication of Mechanization of Information Handling
Linguistic Problems in Information Retrieval
New Approaches to Information Retrieval
Relationships of Knowledge, Information, & Data
Syntactical Problems in Coordinate Indexing & Solutions: Links and Roles
The Engineers Joint Council Action Plan
The Information Problem: Causes, Effects, & Solutions
traditional Approaches to Information Handling
Irene Baron has attended and spoken at numerous local/state/regional conferences & workshops
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
Books I have read more than once would be my favorites. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand captured my attention as I studied her technique in storytelling. I have collected many adventure/thrillers series. I enjoy classic science fiction by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert I collect and am impressed with highly engineered pop-up-books by Robert Sabuda.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
My most used/favorite sets of books are combat and weaponry reference books for my mindreacher series. Collections of art and cooking books are next in my list of favorites.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?
The superbly written heroine of Atlas Shrugged, Dagney, was woven to be the ideal woman in a changing world. My favorite male character has been Francisco d’Anconia, an aristocrat in the same book who is a genius with ability, independence and competence.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
The Mindreacher series has a premise not previously encountered with the President’s highly classified Virtual ExtraSensory Perception Experimental Research project (VESPER). Each book has intrigue, perilous international terrorist activities, new gadgets in the clandestine industry, links to government agencies and military, unusual characters and humor. The heroine is a minor telepath who becomes more adept at using her psychic ability. The hero, who is repulsed by psychics, is at odds with the woman he is assigned to protect during their international searches to find a “Mindreacher,” a superior telepath who could fly over a city and locate terrorists by reading minds. Readers tell me they can’t put the debut book down. Many report they can’t tell fact from fiction in the debut book.
PERSONAL NOTES: The three awards I most appreciate are for two books and one aerial photograph. Hobbies include art, reading, writing and preparing gourmet meals. I currently live in Ohio. I have one daughter.
MINDREACHER REVIEW EXCERPTS:
"The mindreacher concept is novel and refreshing. The action doesn't stop." J. Wittich, Editor
"It was difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. A good read." V. Whitacre, M.D. Beta Reader
"This novel reads like a blend of Clive Cussler and Indiana Jones. Full of excitement!" S. Wickersham McWhorter, Editor
"I was fascinated to learn so much about the human mind. I didn't want it to end." K. Brantley, Reader
"Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down." C. Frompovich, Editor
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORK?
I have two websites, each with blogs.
www.mindreacher.net for the Mindreacher thriller series .
www.irenebaron.com Basic site for: bios, blogs (primarily science based), astronomy club I founded, awards received, etc.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irene-baron-353551102/
Twitter: @IreneBaron1, #Baron1Irene