Interview with J B Bergstad, author of Hyde's Corner: Book 1 - No Man's Land


Publisher: Woodside Publishing Group

Publish Date: April 14, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Synopsis: Herman Beaman awakens to a muffled thump. An call alerts Sara Tassel to the departure of Tom Burks. Sid Tasell makes a threatening 4:00 AM call to the mayor, but a disturbance at his farm cuts his complains short. Unrelated events come together in a journal found in a duffel bag left on Beaman’s stoop. The book details a history of a monster, Selmer Burks, Sheriff of Hyde's Corner, Oklahoma. 

Interview: Tell us about your current release.

First let me say thank you, Star, for giving me the opportunity to share my work with you on Bibliophilic Book Blog, it's both a pleasure and an honor. My current release is the first of my Hyde's Corner Trilogy, a Historical/Family Saga written in a genre tradition similar to Edna Ferber's Cimarron. The book is a true work of love on my part, it has taken nine years of my life to refine it, edit it several times and publish it.

How did writing this book affect you?

I am convinced this book taught me how to evolve from an amateur to a professional. It has had a profound effect on me in other ways as well. I have learned patience and most important the three most important rules of writing: Edit, edit, edit.

Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

Yes. One of my favorite pastimes was to lay on the floor in front of the big Philco radio we had and listen to all the various radio plays they had on the air in the forties. I believe listening and picturing the action helped to develop my imagination. This exercise encouraged a healthy curiosity, too, and when a fourth grade teacher introduced me to “Share Time,” I was off and running. When my teacher told my parents about the stories I told the class, revolving around knickknacks I brought from home, my mother was mortified and promised to curtail my storytelling. The teacher told her to encourage me because I might become a writer some day.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

That’s a difficult question for me to answer because I’ve grown to love every aspect of creating a story that will entertain. Off hand, I would say the most frustrating thing for me is my difficulty sometimes coming up with just the right word or phase to describe what I’m trying to convey to my reader. Sometimes it takes me half a day to write one sentence and I’m not exaggerating at all.

Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so what kind of music?

My office opens onto the rest of the house and my wife, and the TV decorating shows she watches all day, make enough background racket. I have often thought of having something classical playing in the background, but I don’t want to shut myself off from any access my wife might want of me during the day. I leave her alone most of the day writing as it is, so I guess I’m stuck with the racket.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know how interesting it is, but I’d say my ability to create and turn out quite a few pages of decent story despite the household “racket.”

Do you plan any subsequent books?

Oh, yeah. I’m presently working on my second short story collection titled Doors to Perdition which I will finish in the next week to ten days. After that’s published, I’ll release Book II of Hyde’s Corner Trilogy, and then it’s to work on Book III which I hope to release sometime before Christmas, but that’s a loose estimate. Following those books I have nine other projects in the wings, all full length novels. We’ll see if The Old Man Upstairs will give me the time to complete them.

What are you currently reading?

Presently, I’ve just started another of the Quarry series by Max Allen Collins, a truly talented writer. Before that I just finished John Sandford’s new release, Silken Prey, and it was terrific as are all the Prey series. Sandford also writes a series starring one of his one time “minor characters,” Virgil Flowers, which I also highly recommend.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I hate this question because there are so many authors out there I love and admire. I just named two of them in the answer to the above question. If, however, I have to chose, I guess it would have to be Lee Child, with close runners-up, Robert B. Parker and James Lee Burke. One of the latter is dead and the other no longer writes that I know of at this writing. I like Lee Child for two factors: one, his meticulous research, and two, the absolute realism he brings to a character that would be otherwise difficult to believe in the hands of anyone other than Mr. Child.

Please tell us your latest news, (book related or not).

Shucks, I just gave most of that away on the question above. I guess you’ll have to be happy with some boring stuff about me. I turned 75 last March 13th and I still go to the gym three days a week. Early in my life I made some very bad choices and consequently, I am paying the price now that I’m older, but I’m fortunate in that I am relatively healthy so far. I’m married for 54 years to the same woman, (God only knows how she’s put up with me all these years). We raised 5 children together and now are grandparents to twelve children and five great-grandchildren.

Please tell us a fun fact about yourself.

When I was a very young man my wife and I were dirt poor. It seemed the only thing I did really well was impregnate my wife. She was always a stay-at-home Mom and that decision we made together for the sake of our children. All five of our children, three boys and two girls, grew up to become contributing members of our society such as it is today. I know that doesn’t sound so fun, but you had to be there. We had practically zero money, but we had tons of fun growing up together.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes, and thank you for the opportunity. First and foremost I urge you to read. I would prefer you read my books first, but even if you don’t, please don’t cheat yourself out of the most rewarding, stimulating, and educational activity you can possibly participate in for pennies a day. I would also urge everyone to nurture and use your God given ability to create, it is just about the greatest high you can possibly experience and it doesn’t cost you a cent. Lastly, I’ll put in a plug … my books: Screwing the Pooch, an award winning collection of short stories, and Hyde’s Corner – Book I – No Man’s Land will be available FREE at http://www.smashwords.com until June 15, 2013. Depending on the response, I may extend that deadline. I write to entertain you the audience, you the reader, you the thinker. I don’t preach, espouse a political philosophy or a religious one for that matter. When you pick up an Ebook or printed version of any book by J B Bergstad I hope you expect and receive only this: A rich and satisfying reading experience that you’ll remember with chills or with fondness or both. Thanks for having me, Star.

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