Interview with Mary Ann Bernal

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I fell in love with medieval England after reading Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe in my sophomore year of high school, but my interests soon turned towards the Dark Ages when the Vikings harassed the civilized world once Hollywood released such blockbusters as The Vikings, The Longships, and Erik the Viking. Add to the mix Alfred the Great, Prince Valiant, and King Arthur, and an incurable romantic anglophile was born.
When did you first start writing?
My love of writing started when I was in high school. My novels have subtle themes that shed light on problems we face today, such as the plight of the military family when a loved one is deployed. Society as a whole tends to take things for granted, such as freedom, which is not free. Stating a modern problem in a long ago age lessens preconceived attitudes and hopefully, alters opinions.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is hearing from my fans. Taking the time to share their thoughts about the characters and stories is a rewarding experience.
What do you read for pleasure?
Frans G. Bengtsson’s The Long Ships. Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor. William The Conqueror by Jacob Abbot. King Alfred the Great of England by Jacob Abbott. Marius' Mules I: The Invasion of Gaul by S.J.A. Turney.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working with an audio book producer for the three novels in The Briton and the Dane trilogy.
How do you approach cover design?
Steven Novak, Novak Illustration, designed every cover for The Briton and the Dane series. Steven captured the essence of the storyline - warriors to protect the land from Viking invaders. He also poignantly represents the spirit of the multi-genre short stories collection, Scribbler Tales.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is become of my fans that my novels and short stories continue to thrive. I couldn't do it without them. A huge thank you for everyone following me and my work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've enjoyed the Amazon Kindle device since it's inception. Last year, I added Amazon's Fire tablet, which has become my device of choice.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blogging and podcast interviews have been very effective.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords' ability to distribute e-books to several markets has increased my visibility. The ease of dealing with one account vs. individual accounts for the markets served, saves time, time that can be spent on writing.
Published 2016-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Planetary Wars Rise of an Empire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Anastasia Dennison finds out too late that her husband is the feared dictator responsible for the planetary wars plaguing the galaxy. Entrenched in Terrenean society, and enjoying the spoils of war, she turns a blind eye to the atrocities committed against helpless civilians. A crisis of conscience shatters her resolve to deny the truth, but which path to follow?
The Briton and the Dane: Legacy (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,890. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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Danish Prince Sven instigates a seaborne invasion, fueled partly by blind rage when he discovers that his brother, Prince Erik, has sworn fealty to the Anglo-Saxon king. Amidst the ferrous reverberation of a naval battle, one or all must die, and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance, one final time.
Scribbler Tales Volume Three
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Scribbler Tales Volume Three includes: Hidden Lies, Nightmare, Payback, The Night Stalker and Turning Point.
The Briton and the Dane: Birthright (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,600. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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Rigr demands his Birthright, but King Guthrum refuses his claim; thus, the bastard son assembles his army while his father summons his forces. The bloodthirsty warriors confront each other on the windless plains of East Anglia, and the fate of England is in the hands of the gods of war.
Scribbler Tales Volume Four
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,130. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Scribbler Tales Volume Four includes: Abducted, Cunning, Enamored, Reckless, Safeguard.
Scribbler Tales Volume One
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Scribbler Tales Volume One includes: Desperate Measures, Forbidden Lore, Forever Lost, The Hourglass, Sail with Me.
Scribbler Tales Volume Two
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Volume Two includes: Broken Promises, Deception, Endgame, Malice and The Portrait.
Scribbler Tales Volume Five
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,770. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Volume five includes: Bloodlust, Illusion, Manhunt, Pandemic, Revenge
Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,390. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin - A collection of short stories Featuring Betrayal,Deadly Secrets, Murder in the First,The Ritual Exclusive Bonus Material -Excerpts- The Briton and the Dane Novels
The Briton and the Dane (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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The Briton and the Dane is a story of love, betrayal, intrigue and warfare taking place in a realm of mystery and darkness, set in ninth century England when the bloodthirsty Vikings raped and pillaged their way across the length and the breadth of the windswept lands.
The Briton and the Dane: The Complete Trilogy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 304,070. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Second Edition: The Briton and the Dane novels bring to life the tumultuous ninth century when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue and betrayal during a time of war and conquest in Anglo-Saxon Britain.
The Briton and the Dane: Timeline
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,400. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
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A beautiful archeologist besotted with an Anglo-Saxon nobleman is transported back to eleventh century England where treachery abounds as the childless king has yet to name his heir. Gwyneth is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, but will she walk away or intervene, thereby changing the course of history to save the man she loves?
Scribbler Tales Volumes One - Five
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,440. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Volume One Desperate Measures; Forbidden Lore; Forever Lost; The Hourglass; Sail with Me Volume Two Broken Promises; Deception; Endgame; Malice; The Portrait Volume Three Hidden Lies; Nightmare; Payback; The Night Stalker; Turning Point Volume Four Abducted; Cunning; Enamored; Reckless; Safeguard Volume Five Bloodlust; Illusion; Manhunt; Pandemic; Revenge
The Briton and the Dane: Concordia
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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Captured by Saracen pirates, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. While awaiting rescue, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.