Today, I’m happy to introduce H. Berkeley Rourke, a fellow Creativia author. Hello, and welcome to my blog. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
So, tell us about your newest release or WIP:
I am currently working a WIP called, for the moment, The Sons of the Fatherland. It is in progress at near 20,000 words currently. I guess it is about half done, maybe a little more than half.
What is the story about?
It is a story of domestic terrorism authored by a Neo Nazi type group called The Sons of the Fatherland or more regularly just the Sons.
Who is the main character?
What inspired this tale?
Probably the revelation that there are over 900 hate groups in the U.S. whose tactics include killings and many other forms of attempts to terrorize the population into adhering to their beliefs.
How did the story come to you?
Not sure what you mean except to say that as with all my stories it came as a start, a moment of what if, a moment of sitting in front of the computer thinking and typing to see if anything came of it, then it has carried me.
Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?
Yes. Because there are so many hate groups in the country and I wanted to set it in an area that I knew of but that I also knew was populated with these hate groups.
If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?
The most surprising piece of information came to be the existence of so many groups that deny the existence of the holocaust in WWII.
Do you relate to your character?
NO! I hate him.
Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
Yes. He is very directive as I tend to be at moments that I do not like.
If yes, then how?
Just in his personality being very directive.
What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?
The lack of any kind of current concentration of news, information, anything, about the issue of domestic terrorism in the U.S.
Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this piece of work?
I hope to have it finished and published in 2016.
When will the novel be available for purchase?
Not sure. That will be up to my publisher, Creativia.
Let’s meet your character. Who are you? What is your name?
Are you a fictional or historical character?
What should we know about you?
I am the founder of a group of some forth Sons of the Fatherland. We may come to your city and kill you.
Tell us about your story:
This is a story set in Couer d’ Alene, Idaho and elsewhere throughout the U.S. It is a story of domestic terrorism that is being perpetrated with a hope of creating more strife.
When and where is your tale set?
Current times. Couer d’ Alene, Idaho, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, other cities of the U.S. with the last of those being Houston.
What is your personal goal? I mean, what do you ultimately want?
The establishment of a government ruled by National Socialism.
What is standing in your way? What conflict(s) do you face?
The conversion of the population to hatred of all people of color and Jewish people.
Okay, let’s learn more about you, as a writer Who is H. Berkeley Rourke?
I am a 77 year old American male. In some ways I am typical American, others not so much. I attended elementary school and high school in the same community, went into the service largely because I knew I had to after high school, took a degree at a small Northern Arizona College called Arizona State College at Flagstaff then, now NAU. Then a Master’s degree, and finally a Juris Doctor degree after doing a poor job on the GRE. I always say about me that I have been a warrior, a teacher and a warrior of the word. Now I write the words that come to my head.
What inspired you to start writing?
A moment of horror for a dear friend.
What is your favorite book you have written and why?
I cannot choose one because I have written in several genres. If it were a stand alone it would have to be my novel 2024, an apocalyptic story of the near future.
When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge?
Read, constantly, I read a lot.
Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?
I am an Indie author with Creativia.
Do you read books within the genres you write?
I read books from all genres. Sometimes I read books from other Indie authors and provide them with reviews.
Besides being an author, do you have a second job?
No. I am retired.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The creative aspects. Looking at the characters once finished in my mind, looking at their deeds, their ideas as set out in the story, I love the finished products.
Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.
About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.
So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.
One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.
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