Interview with Alan Bergsma

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I am not sure it was the very first one, but I remember struggling with creative writing as a young child. I was an avid reader but I found creative writing difficult. I recall one story that was successful. Fortunately, the teacher hadn't read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as my story had borrowed heavily from the book. My apologies Mr. Verne!
What is your writing process?
Lots of research and personal experience followed by a drawn-out development of an outline. After that it was a fairly quick draft (I subscribe the the "Write for the Wastebasket" approach). Then add revision after revision after revision followed by industry peer review.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Journey into the night" was an especially intriguing series to me as a young child as all of my grandparents had lived through a very similar experience. As a young boy I read the series upwards of ten times.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a sister who is very artistic. I described the book and the concept and she came up with the cover. Thanks Joyce!
What do you read for pleasure?
It is quite varied really. I like some science-fiction, some fantasy (Tolkien, Stephen R. Donaldson, etc.), lots of classics, quite a bit of self-improvement and the Economist magazine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Samsung Note 5. I like having just the one device.
Describe your desk
A broad two pedestal traditional wooden executive desk with green leather surface. Stained dark with twisted wrought iron drawer handles. Overshadowed by an oversize National Geographic Map of the World littered with flags denoting the countries my wife and I have been too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I shared some fictional writing with a co-worker of mine in the mid-1990s and he emphatically encouraged me to write a book. This first one isn't the book he was expecting but my thanks to Brent Jarvie for the encouragement!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really enjoyed the idea that I could help to provide the information that I had been looking for so many years ago. I hope that this book will help someone who is in the same boat that I found myself in.
What are you working on next?
I've been working as a consultant for a long time and it surprises me how many people work overtime. The lack of work/life balance is becoming a real issue. I think there is a need for a book that lays out a prescriptive method for working efficiently and effectively. Work smart from the word "Go", work hard if you need to, but leave working long for the birds! I am going to attempt to write that book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Obviously I have bills to pay and a family to provide for.
What get's me out of bed very early (my alarm starts with a "4") is a desire to contribute to society and to earn the respect of my children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly consulting for companies. I also try to make time for Scuba diving, Cycling, Kite-boarding, Occasional skiing, Paragliding, and the gym.
Published 2016-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Risk Identification - Facilitating Outstanding Workshops
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 17,750. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Accounting
This book has been written to provide a structured method of facilitating risk workshops. The book concentrates on the identification of risks but also provides risk management context with information on risk assessment and risk treatment. Projects are the focus of the book but the same concepts and tactics apply to corporate risk management and risk management within small/medium business.