Interviewing G.J. Berger was a real treat. Not least of all because this is not only one of my author friends, but a friend I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with. I have tremendous admiration and respect for GJ. he has done what I’d be way to chicken to do on my first book. And he did it brilliantly. If you want to self-publish, then I think GJ has a template that works.
Read on for more about GJ and excerpts from the show.
About G.J. Berger
When G. J. was eight, his mom told him the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants and a great army. He asked her what happened to Hannibal after that. Mom didn’t know, but he was hooked, had to find out, had to write about it. G. J. spent much of his young life on the road and water, on ocean liners in steerage or working as a crew member on a tramp steamer. Wherever his travels took him, old walls, canals, storage holes deep in the ground made him wonder about how they got there, about the people who put them there, how they lived and got along. The result is this novel, one other on the way to publication, and a third in G. J.’s writing head. The places, the tides of history, some of the characters in South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon are all as they were, but have never been portrayed in any depth.
Excerpts from Episode #9
GJ on why he Self-Published: “…I didn’t care about the money. I didn’t care about the awards…I wanted people to read my stuff…”
GJ on final editing: “…and the out-loud reading, along with both sets of eyes looking at it, caught a lot of little errors…”
South of Burnt Rocks, West of the Moon
After three great wars, Rome has crushed Carthage. Now the undefended riches of Iberia beckon–gold, tin, olives, wine, and healthy young bodies to enslave. Burnt Rocks tells the story of Lavena, last child of the strongest remaining Iberian tribal leader at a time when Rome plunders and loots her land. She must grow up fast and use all her cunning and courage to survive each day. At times helped only by her father’s favorite dog, a special horse, or guided by spirits of the earth and sky, she strives to unite her people and oust the Roman menace. Based on real characters, places, and events, “Burnt Rocks” recreates that shadowy history–and eternal human nature rubbed raw.
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