Multi-genre author Susan Whitfield writes the Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck,Hell Swamp, Sin Creek and Sticking Point. She authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook, and wrote a women's fiction, Slightly Cracked. She is currently writing an historical fiction titled Sprig of Broom. Susan interviews authors and industry experts on the blog. Web site: www.susanwhitfieldonline.com
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Pat Bertram's Light Bringer
Pat Bertram is a
native of Colorado and except for a brief stay in the north woods of Wisconsin
and California, she’s lived there all her life. When the traditional publishers
stopped publishing her favorite type of book — character and story driven
novels that can’t easily be slotted into a genre — she decided to write her
Tell us about Light Bringer, your most recent novel.
years after being abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Colorado,
Becka Johnson returns to try to discover her identity, but she only finds more
questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? And why are those same
people after fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? The book is a tale of a conspiracy
that can be traced back for thousands of years, and Becka and Philip are right
in the center of it.
Give a short synopsis
of your most recently published book.
My latest release is a non-fiction book Grief: The Great Yearning, a compilation of letters, blog posts, and
journal entries I wrote while struggling to survive my first year of grief
after the death of my life mate/soul mate. I wanted my fellow bereft to know
that whatever crazy things they do to bring themselves comfort, others have
done. And as hard as it is to believe, they will survive.
How much of yourself
is hidden in the characters of your books?
Freud thought every role in a dream was played by the
dreamer, and in a way, that’s the way my books are. The emotions the characters
feel are mine since I can only write what I feel, and their personal problems
are ones I’ve grappled with. In the writing, though, the characters become more
than I ever was as they develop in response to the needs of the story.
As for my nonfiction work, nothing of me is hidden in Grief:The Great Yearning. I tell it all --- my heart ache, my tears, the
physical effects of grief, my bewilderment, the great yearning, the strange and
mystical thoughts that went through my mind. The whole experience stunned me. I
had no idea the scope of grief one went through after losing the most
significant person in your life, and I wrote it all down. At the time, I had no
intention of sharing the writings, so they are very candid.
How long had the idea of Light Bringer been developing before you
began to write the story?
stewed in my brain pan for several years before I actually started to write it.
It was the first book I conceived, but I couldn’t figure out who my alien
characters were, where they were from, why they were here, so when other
stories captured my imagination, I went with them. In between finishing my
various novels, I worked on Light Bringer,
trying to develop the idea and research the specifics. If you include my
research, which I’d been doing for decades before the story ever entered my
mind, you could say the idea for the book had been developing for about thirty
What do you think is
the greatest lesson you’ve learned about writing so far? What advice can you
give other writers?
The greatest lesson I learned was not to listen to advice.
People say that to be a writer, you always have to write, but that isn’t true.
Sometimes you simply have to live, to experience life, otherwise, what do you
have to write about?
Can you tell us your
writing goals/projects for 2012 or beyond?
Mostly I’m blogging, writing articles, posting interviews
with other authors, contributing short stories to Second Wind’s anthologies, and
I have a work-in-pause --- a whimsically ironic apocalyptic fantasy --- that is
waiting for me whenever I get the inclination to write again.
Where can folks learn
more about you and your books?
I have a website -- http://patbertram.com
-- where I post important information, including the first chapters of each of
my books, but the best way to keep up with me, my writing, and my life on a
daily basis is by way of Bertram’s Blog. http://ptbertram.wordpress.com
All my books are available both in print and in ebook
format. You can get them online at Second
Wind Publishing, Amazon,
B&N and Smashwords. Smashwords
is great! The books are available in
all ebook formats, including palm reading devices, and you can download the
first 20-30% free!
Pat, it's been a pleasure. Best wishes to you in all future endeavors!