Interview with Bertram Joesph R.

What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on a book called: "Behind the Doors" It is a Syfy slash drama, which isn't the norm for me, but Its something I Think other readers would enjoy,
I am also working on a short series, kind of like a sample for readers to try to see if they like my work!
I hope to get BTD out by JAN of 2015 and my short series out sometime before Aug of this year, until then, Happy Reading!
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, my all time favorite author would have to be the late Wilbert Awdry, he wrote the railway series and through the Railway series,
I learned how to place the storyline, and when to deliver the line and ending. And with his stories I found a love for writing!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, Number 1, God. He blesses be so much, Number 2, writing! I started writing when I was 7 and have never stopped!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well when I am not writing, I enjoy swimming, My model Railway (Modeled after the Island of Sodor's North Western of course)
and reading!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time recommendations from my friends, but sometimes, If I know a certain author I like, I will search for them on B&N or Apple, and Google Play, and read their books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. Most certainly, My first story was a fan fiction of the show "Thomas & Friends" Called: "Signals", its also one of my favorite stories!
What is your writing process?
Well, the first thing I do is NOT look for ideas! They come to me by just Looking, not trying to come up with an idea, but instead just discovering the world around me, and letting the ideas flow. Second, Write it down! Even if its just a small plot, or a little tidbit of a character, I make a note of it on my phone, that way, when I do want to write, I will have the idea, and that's something to start with.
And that's pretty much it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever Read by myself was "Goodnight Moon" By Margaret Wise Brown. I loved IT and soon, after a few times, I memorized the entire Book! and even now, If I can't sleep, I will read it!
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I look at the story and say: "What does this represent to me and others?" Or if there is an object that is very popular in the book I might, use that in my cover, But really, its what ever you want to do and what you think will attract readers! :)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1: The Bible, Gods Holy Word.
2: Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown
3: Percy the small engine by Rev. W. Awdry
4:The Hunger Games trilogy By Suzanne Collins
5:Red wall By Brain Jacques

Number 1: Because it is humanity's Roadmap givin to us by God.
Number 2: As stated earlier, it is the first book I remember reading.
Number 3: Because this volume of the Railway Series included "Percy takes the Plunge" My All Time Fav!
Number 4: Because: its AWESOME!
Number 5: Because my good friend, Lisa got me reading me this series and after she moved away it brings back fond memories! :)
What do you read for pleasure?
The Railway Series. I LOVE It!!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country side, everything was very slow, and calm and beautiful, but I always dreamed of the city, So I would imagine I lived in a huge city, I would make up news teams, businesses, slogans for them, car companies and railways, then write each down, then in 2013 I moved to a city with my family! I love it, so as a writer, I got the best of both worlds, I got to live in a nice calm section, (Which is great because now I know how some of my characters feel) and a busy, never sleeping, always on the go place, (Like my stories about a secret agent). It just goes to show, wherever you are in the world, you can, and most likely will, use it in your writing, I know I do!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy, is seeing people, enjoy my work, I have written a Thomas Fan fiction series, and sent it to a friend on YouTube expecting him to only give his opinion, but instead he really enjoyed it and decided to use it in his series! Now I cannot wait for viewers to watch the episodes (I am writing thirty) and see what they say!
Another joy is getting the worlds, and the characters out of your head, I learned this from a man named Jacob Holo, he said: "When you come up with a character, he stays there, he lives there, until you put him in a book, that is when you get the character out of your head, and you have more room to write!" And that is true, I have about thirty characters and more then ten worlds to which they live in, so my brain is crowded as it is, so when I write, it helps me clear my brain.
Describe your desk
A cluttered stack of papers! LOL :)
Published 2014-06-07.
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