William Bernhardt

Biography

William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently being adapted into a miniseries, two books of poetry (The White Bird, The Ocean’s Edge), and a series of books on fiction writing. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center in 2005, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars and becoming one of the most in-demand writing instructors in the nation. His monthly Red Sneaker Writers Newsletter reaches over twenty thousand people, and the Red Sneakers phone app reaches many more. He is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." In addition to his novels, he has written plays, a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction, children books, biography, poetry, and puzzles. OSU named him “Oklahoma’s Renaissance Man,” noting that in addition to writing novels, he can “write a sonnet, play a sonata, plant a garden, try a lawsuit, teach a class, cook a gourmet meal, prepare homemade ice cream, beat you at Scrabble, and work the New York Times crossword in under five minutes.”

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Books

Pandora's Daughters (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,970. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After her horrifying underground discovery, Aura resolves to escape from the Shine "rehab." Unaware of the government and scientific conspiracies swirling around her, she develops a plan with the other Shines utilizing their special abilities and, most importantly, teamwork. She must somehow survive cruel retaliation and find a way off the island--before it's too late.
Roses in the Ashes (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After being locked up in the Transforming Your Light "rehab" on Antolina Island, Aura tried to adjust to life with six other Shines and the domineering Dr. Coutant. But a chance encounter with the Shine known as Perfume--soon found dead in the epicenter of a huge explosion in Santa Monica--revealed the hideous truth about this place. Can she escape before they destroy her and the other Shines?
Who's Gonna Stop Me? (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 5)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,670. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura and the other Shines hole up in the abandoned basement of an LA library, unaware that Dr. Estes and Reverend Trent are working together to eradicate the “Shine infestation.” They infiltrate Trent’s mansion--a decision that leads to their capture. Trent has a plan to “descend” the Shines and use them to breed a new race he can control. Somehow, Aura and the others must stop him.
Childhood's End (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,560. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger really is.
Renegades (William Bernhardt's Shine Series Book 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After a skirmish with Agent Coal and her quasi-military team, Aura and the other Shines are now free but hiding as outlaws. Aura must find a way to combat the anti-Shine threat led by Reverend Trent and the SSS, and find out what happened to her mother and the other Shines imprisoned underground at the Shine "rehab"--before it's too late.
Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,500. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Why do some books linger in memory long after they are read? The key is theme, giving your story a dynamic idea that lends it power and purpose. William Bernhardt explains what theme is, how it is best revealed, and how to find the theme that, handled correctly, will distinguish your book from all the others. Bernhardt explains how your book can have a positive impact on the world.
Shine (Season One)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 353,340. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
ALL 15 EPISODES IN THE FIRST SEASON OF THE SERIES! OVER 1000 PAGES! Aura tried to use her powers to help others. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath, she's sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger really is.
Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,920. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / United States, Fiction » Biographical
Growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Ada Sipuel learned that separate was never equal. Years later, Ada hoped to fight for equality by becoming a lawyer. But Oklahoma's law school would not admit her because of the color of her skin. Her legal struggle for education set off a chain of events that broke down the barriers of injustice across America. She proved one person can change a nation.
The Code of Buddyhood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,060. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
There couldn't be a more unlikely pair of best friends. Bobby's cautious, social ineptitude and romantic fumblings offset Mark's flamboyant, devil-may-care attitude, his irrepressible pranks, and his prowess with shapely coeds. But the cardinal rule of the Code--"A buddy does not move in on another buddy's girl"--requires Bobby to watch quietly as Mark makes time with the woman of his dreams...
Shine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,260. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes these girl with special abilities in "rehabilitative treatment centers." But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret--she realizes how great the danger to Shines and the world is.
The White Bird
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Readers can open any page in this book at random and realize that William Bernhardt is a poet of the rarest kind - one who can communicate grace, humanity, and shared experience without the obscurity and obfuscation that sometimes causes people to avoid modern poetry. His everyman approach and direct language draws in readers who might normally never give a poem a second glance.
The Ocean's Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
William Bernhardt's second poetry collection explores the complex tapestry of family and the subtle interconnections that bind us to our past and forms the ballast to identity. Popular culture merges with classical allusions, weaving the colorful threads of a fabric composed of moments lived and still to be lived. These poems remind us that we are part of a collective history, and we are not alone
The Black Sentry
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,570. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the ruins of North America, Daman Adkins worries about his impending Winnowing and everyone's blind acceptance of the Sentinel's inflexible regime, enforced by the murderous Black Sentry. With the help of Brita, the brilliant girl he admires, and a slave, Xander, he tries to learn more about the fabled Resistance--the only people brave enough to stand up against the Sentinel.
Rough Justice: Three Ben Kincaid Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,900. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This is a collection of three short stories involving lawyer Ben Kincaid and his friends and colleagues: Yuletide Justice, a Christmas story, the award-winning What We're Here For, and the controversial After Hours, involving Ben's long-time friend Mike Morelli.
Excellent Editing: The Writing Process
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Why do so many people start books they never finish? And why is the final product often so much less than what editors and agents want? Because writing is a process, and no steps can be omitted without impacting quality. Editing begins before you start writing and doesn't end until the book is in print (if then). This book explains what's worth doing, when, and how to produce a exceptional book.
Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,360. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this book, Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to transform your work and take it to a higher level.
Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,830. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
What are the essential qualities of an irresistible read? And what’s the secret to attracting a literary agent or publishing deal? The answer to both questions is: Premise. A powerful premise is what separates ordinary novels from bestsellers. William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout novels: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, and emotional appeal.
Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,210. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Dynamic dialogue can turn an ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. William Bernhardt explains matching character and dialogue, avoiding dialogue that’s “on-the-nose,” using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud, dialogue beats, subtext, and using dialogue to enrich your story and quicken the pace.
Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,750. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Even the most interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey—the plot—fails. Bestselling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict while fulfilling the plot structures--the journeys--that have always delighted readers.
Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,210. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. He uses examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code to explain this in a direct, uncomplicated manner.
Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction
Series: Red Sneaker Writers Book Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2017 by Babylon Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games. In each chapter, he introduces essential concepts in a direct and easily comprehended manner. Most importantly, Bernhardt demonstrates how you can apply these ideas to improve your own writing.

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