Billy Barrett

Who is Billy Barrett?


Writer, driver, friend


What are you working on at the moment?


I’m writing an autobiogrphical piece called Highway Star. I’ve recently entered into a partnership with LA publishing consultant Maureen O’Brien. Maureen opened her own agency after many years as executive editor at Harper/Collins and Hyperion. She will edit my manuscript in its entirety and then represent me to agents when we start looking for a publisher. The deadline for finishing the book is St. Patricks day.


 salon_sideWho are the writers, past and present, you admire?


Jim Carroll  (Basketball Diaries)- Nicholas Pileggi (Wiseguy)- Black Dahlia Avenger (Steve Hodel) I Heard you Paint Houses (Charles Brandt)-Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) Peter Quinn (Looking for Jimmy)


 What are three of your favorite literary works?


To Kill a Mockingbird…The Art of Racing in the Rain…Profiles in Courage (The book sucks but I find the author endlessly fascinating)


 Who is your greatest inspiration and why?


 Muhammed Ali (A stunning mix of talent, charisma and balls) John Walsh (He helped reshape law enforcement and made a difference in catching the animals) Stella Panagos (Who created safety and balance in my life)


If you could dream of trying something in the arts you haven’t tried, but would like to, what would that be?


Ballet Dancing (Don’t know much about the routines but the outfits sure look great…)





  1. Bill Barrett, often known as Billy says:

    This is a bit uncanny, almost bordering uneasy. I am a poet/writer/journalist/editor and publisher. Should I be in touch with this BB? Are we blood?? Or is this a dream of someone other’s making??

  2. Jerry Mattes says:

    Hello Mr. Bill Barrett,
    I will research “Highway Star”
    and read.
    You have always been cool to me
    and I admire your style.
    Jerry Mattes.

    1. WF Barrett says:

      Jerry, I always felt the same bro-I never forget-with love, Billy

  3. Mike Lally says:

    Hey Billy Barrett!
    Greetings from Allston, Ma…land of the Trademarks and the JoJo’s (Joe Kelly and Joe Fenton). Glad to see you’re writing and I hope to find your book soon!

    Mike (Tricky) Lally

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