Interview with John H Berndt

Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Ephron, Ernest Hemingway, Ursula LeGuin, Lewis Carroll, Anne Tyler, Tennessee Williams, Charlotte Bronte, John Steinbeck
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sitting up and placing my two feet firmly on the floor. With my eyes wide open squinting at the morning sun and thanking God that I am still alive. Most important of all I am enamored as to what each new day has in store for me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Quite simply by searching through the various e-book data bases such as Smashwords, Amazon, Books-A-Million etc.
Describe your desk
My desk is always littered with an array of papers and posted notes.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Growing up in an orphanage in East-Germany based on the Israeli Kibbutz system I identified with both the ‘Diary of Ann Frank’ and Charles Dickens ‘Oliver Twist’. One of my great uncles apparently fought in the Spanish Civil war, therefore Ernest Hemingway ‘s For whom the whom the Bell tolls’ held fascination for me. J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catch her in the Rye’ was required reading for any red blooded freshman in the 1960s. Lastly Ken Kasey’s ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ brought home the barbaric practices that I witnessed doing my internship in a psychiatric ward in the early 1970s.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
There are two - number one is the Amazon Kindle Fire 7 and the Apple IPad 3
When did you first start writing?
I am a rather late convert to penning a story. Most of my professional career was spent in grant and proposal writing. A couple of writing courses and joining the local authors club contributed to writing my book.
What are you working on next?
Most of the Beta-Readers have asked me for the squeal to 'Lois Chronicles of a German Nurse 1945'. I have been considering this and the outline is nearly done.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually it was not a story, but a poem honoring my grandfather's 55th birthday. At the time I was eleven years old.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design needs to capture the essence of the book and in "Lois Chronicles of a German Nurse 1945" I was successful in fulfilling this expectation.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading tastes are quite eclectic.For pleasure I will read Science Fiction, Fantasy, Old Classics, Mysteries and War Stories just to name a few.
Published 2014-03-08.
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Books by This Author

Lois Chronicles of a German Nurse 1945
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 146,540. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
This true mesmerizing novel is a masterful accounting of events unfolding against the landscape of the closing months of WW ll and its immediate aftermath. It captures a young women’s story of love, horror, compassion in a time of mayhem. A supreme test of women survival as chaos reigns supreme in Eastern Germany.