Interview with Mary Ann Bernal

Published 2016-07-02.
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.
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