Bart Cline


He grew up in California, leading a normal existence except for being a film student. When it became clear to him that his life in America was going nowhere, he left.

Months of European travel, mixed with periods settled in Berlin, Frankfurt, and London followed. After three years of living as a semi-vagabond, he married and settled in Northern England.

He worked in publishing, graphic arts, and IT, but none of them were fulfilling, rather ways of paying the mortgage.

Blessed with two daughters, after 15 years of marriage, his wife succumbed to cancer.

In March 2009, fed up with telling people to restart their PCs fifty times a day, he packed in his job as a network manager. His new career became part-time writer and part-time dad/housekeeper.

Now remarried, he continues to pursue his calling as a writer.

His experiences on the road form the basis for many scenes from his first novel, Wanderlove.

Copout, Mr Cline’s 2013 novel, is a thought-provoking police thriller about a detective who works out the clues to his cases in his dreams.

His newest book, Send Him Victorious, is an amazing epic thriller about what would happen if today’s kings and queens ruled with absolute authority as in the past. How would it affect his or her family, country, and the world? Buy and read to find out!

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the nook, because it can be read in the daylight, it was on a very cheap promotion, and it can be easily modified to run other Android apps. Thus my nook is also my Kindle.

Other than the nook, it's the Kindle app on my phone, because I always have it with me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I remembered the stories that classmates had written in English classes in school. Someone gets into some terrible dire situation, near to death, with no way out, and then… he wakes up. It was all just a dream.

Everybody loves dreams, or at least I do, but it's a terrible way to resolve a story. And even some classic stories do it: for example, the Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. What I wanted to write was a story that uses dreams, but not as a cop out ending. That brings a couple of rules to the dreams in my book: the dreamer must solve the problem in his dream before waking up; and the dreams must help him solve his real life problems.

Another thing I really wanted to do was to write in multiple genres. The dream format is of course perfect for that. My character experiences space opera, knights of the round table, western, film noir detective, war, and spy genres.

Lastly, I wanted to combine a happy ending with a sad one, which would be fully satisfying and bring complete closure.

Copout was originally written as a project in a screenwriting class. I never envisioned it as a novel, but it translates beautifully to the printed, or e-book, page.
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Where to find Bart Cline online


Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,270. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A naïve backpacker falls in love with an experienced traveller who encourages her to do something she should not. They become separated. Carrying a load of guilt, she sets out to find him. With all of Europe to search, she realises she does not really know that much about him. But having learned some uncomfortable truths about herself, will she still love him? Will she ever love anyone again?

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