Interview with Vincent Bernhardt

Who are your favorite authors?
Though I admire a lot of authors, David Gemmell remains my favorite. Druss the Legend is an awesome book, but all his books are outstanding. Tolkien, of course, is high on my list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play computer games. I backed a number of game developers on Kickstarter and I play through most of those. I am currently playing the new version of Leisure Suit Larry, and I anxiously await the release of Wastelands 2. Besides computer games, I do write some apps for iOS and Droid, but I'm usually pretty far behind on those. And there's our garden... We have lovely plants - really, our tomato plants are over five feet tall and no tomatoes! What's with that?
And I read, of course...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately I've been grabbing a number of books from Humble Bundle or Story Bundle, but often my brothers will mention someone I need to read. I also belong to Goodreads and pay attention to what other people I know are reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, my, yes. It was a short story. I was about six or eight. I wrote a story about the little donkey that Jesus rode into Bethlehem. It's awful, of course, but it was also the first story I ever typed up. Before that one I did write one about three elephants, but I think I just heard that one somewhere...
What is your writing process?
I have over a dozen stories in progress, mostly because something will happen to me during a day and trigger a story idea. I then write it down and usually a couple pages of dialogue. I almost always have dialogue in my head first. The plots form at once, then coalesce into something a bit more twisted and convoluted as I write the story.
What I need is a bit more discipline to FINISH the stories!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer using Kindle software, and for a while I used one of the first generation Kindle devices. I gave that away when I got my iPad and put the Kindle app on it. I really like using the iPad. Sometimes I'll read on my iPhone - I especially like that the software keeps track of where I am. What a blessing!
Describe your desk
I use a portable computer, so I can be sitting anywhere when I'm writing. When I write at my desk, though...

Okay, I'll just confess. My desk is a disaster. There are bits and pieces of notes and paper all over it, and I have maps pasted on the nearby bookshelves so I can refer to them as I write my stories. It's amazing I have room on the thing to write, actually.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the United States. My Dad was a career Navy man, but he was enlisted, so we never moved overseas, but lived in most of the coastal states with military bases. I was a shy kid (still am, actually) so moving was hard for me. I ended up watching people a lot, in a lot of different locales. All the different states - Northern, Southern, East and West - gave me a pretty good ear for how people talk in different areas, but also gave me a pretty good feel for how people are the same everywhere, the common things that bind us all together.
What's the story behind your latest book?
You want the plot of the one I'm working on? I can't tell you, because (of course) there's a twist at the end. A buddy of mine asked me to help develop a computer game. We never did do the game (that's a lot of HARD work) but he got me thinking and I wrote the first two chapters of one story and another chapter of a different story based on the game idea.
In the far future, you're a leonine alien humanoid. Suppose you wake up in a bare, cold room and you don't know who you are or what you're doing there? You escape, and now there are people who want you dead, and others you feel you should help - and you have vague memories that pop up to haunt you. And betrayal lies just around the corner, the same betrayal that captured you in the first place...
Published 2016-08-20.
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Books by This Author

Hunting August Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,980. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
August Moon keeps a secret, a secret shared by his brother, Lone Wolf. The secret almost killed him years ago, and the man responsible reforged the world. But August doesn't know this yet. He simply struggles with a world gone mad, a world where he thinks he might be a monster.
Seductive Murder
Price: Free! Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A business trip cut short in an intimate moment. Heart attack? Well, yes, but... This is a short story, intended for mature audiences. Others need not apply.
Print Your Own Booklet Using Microsoft Word
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Office productivity applications, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Ever want to be an author? Turn your Word document into a booklet without any added expense. Take your Word document and turn it into a professional-looking booklet. This book covers all you need to know. If you ever wanted to publish your own work, this is a great way to start.
Psychic Toll Call
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The call woke Frank in the early morning hours. The sultry voice offered him a better life, but at what cost?
Safari in the Mist: A Von Crapp Brothers Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The von Crapp Brothers, Adventurers, embark on a Safari into the heart of the Congo, searching for the People of the Mist. Once they find them, will they be able to leave?
The Duel: A Von Crapp Brothers Tale
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Von Crapp Brothers, Adventurers, become embroiled in an unwanted duel in renaissance Italy. Will BA von Crapp finally kill everyone? A short, short story.
My Mother-in-law Misadventures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » History » Social history
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In his usual tongue-in-cheek style Vince writes about the years of living with his Mother-in-law. Some are poignant, some are outlandish and all of them will make you smile. His last chapter gives details of when his mother-in-law was a young woman, fleeing the Nazis in WWII.
Preparing for the Fiscal Cliff
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Reference
What is the Fiscal Cliff? What can you do, as an individual, to protect yourself from some of the effects of the Fiscal Cliff? We review what it is, and what you can do.