In June 2013, G. J. Berger won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Historical Fiction Novel of 2012 with his debut novel 'South Of Burnt Rocks - West Of The Moon'. Other recent winners are the likes of J. K. Rowling and Susan Vreeland.
And in 2017, G. J.'s "Four Nails" won the SDBA prize as the best historical of both 2015-16. San Diego's Main Library honored G. J. and his "Four Nails" novel with a "W2W" (Writers to Watch) celebration on April 1, 2017.
When G. J. was eight, his mom told him the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants and a great army. He asked her what happened to Hannibal after that. Mom didn’t know, but he was hooked, had to find out.
G. J. spent much of his young life on the road and at sea. even working as a crew member on a tramp steamer. Wherever his travels took him, old walls, canals, even storage holes deep in the ground, made him wonder about how they got there, about the people who built them, how they lived and got along.
The result is two novels about the places, the history, and the main characters from the time of Hannibal.
When not writing, G. J. tries to roam around the places he writes about, likes to sit and soak up the times back then and bring them to modern life in his stories. G. J. is convinced that for all the changes in last 2000 years, people loved and hated, suffered and rejoiced, destroyed and built out of the same urges and yearnings then as they do today.
G. J. lives in San Diego with his favorite grammarian and English Professor. They visit their two sons and two grandsons as often as the kids will have them.