Interview with Bernie Silver

Describe your desk
Made of unvarnished wood and, sadly, devoid of clutter. A laptop, lamp and box of Kleenex are all that mar its surface, and if I weren't afflicted with allergies there'd be no tissue either. Disgusting, I know.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Detroit, when it was relatively clean, safe and vibrant, though I appreciated none of these qualities at the time. It was only in retrospect that I became aware of them, which taught me that we hardly ever know what we think we know, especially when we're young. This is one of several belated discoveries that informs my novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of sending my manuscript to a publisher and waiting until my next life to get a response, even a rejection, was incredibly off-putting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert B. Parker, Nelson DeMille and Dennis Lehane.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and watching movies, which to me are visual novels. Oh, and eating and sleeping, in the former case too much and in the latter not enough.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Nate's story is my story, sliced, diced, embroidered and embellished for effect.
What is your writing process?
Laborious. But fun.
What are you working on next?
A book of short stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Unfortunately.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Atrophy if I didn't.
Published 2017-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Nathan in Spite of Himself
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 157,370. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical
It's the turbulent sixties and young Nate Rubin has problems. For one thing he’s a virgin, and for another he's a drunk, and for still another he’s in love with forbidden fruit. All of which makes you wonder: Will he ever get laid? Will he ever get sober? Will he ever get the girl? Also, will he ever write that damn novel, the one about a Jewish shikker in love with a black shikseh?