Interview with H.W. “Buzz” Bernard, author of Down a Dark Road

TS. “Buzz” Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist. His debut novel, EYEWALL, which one reviewer called a “perfect summer beach read,” was published in May 2011 and went on to become a number-one bestseller in Amazon’s Kindle Store. In 2020, Buzz switched from writing suspense/thriller novels to WWII historical fiction. 
Buzz’s fourth WWII historical fiction novel, DOWN A DARK ROAD, is scheduled to be released on May 9th.
Before becoming a novelist, Buzz worked at The Weather Channel as a senior meteorologist for thirteen years. Prior to that, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. He attained the rank of colonel and received, among other awards, the Legion of Merit. Although a native Oregonian, Buzz lived for 35 years in Atlanta, and now resides in Kennewick, Washington, with his wife Barbara and their fuzzy Shih Tzu, Stormy . . . who doesn’t live up to his name.

Q. Where do you write? Do you have a special room, shed, barn, or special space for your writing? Or tell us about your ‘dream’ workspace.

Stormy in Buzz’s studio

HWB. I have a writer’s studio that is separate from the main house. It was built just over a year ago. It’s rather large since it has to accommodate books, photos, plaques, and general “stuff” that I’ve accumulated in over 60 odd years of work.

Q. Do you have any special rituals or quirks when you sit down to write? (a neat workspace, sharpened #2 pencils, legal pad, cup of tea, a glass of brandy, favorite pajamas, etc.)

HWB. Not really. But I do need a cup of coffee every morning to get my heart started.

Q. Could you tell us something about yourself that we might not already know?

HWB. Although I began writing short stories when I was in high school, I didn’t become serious about writing novels until I was 60 years old. My first novel, EYEWALL, was published when I was 70. So you can do the back-of-the-envelope math and figure out I’m continuing to write well into geezerhood.

Q. What tools do you begin with? Legal pad, spiral notebook, pencils, fountain pen, or do you go right to your keyboard?

HWB. I typically go right to my keyboard, although I’ll occasionally scratch notes on a writing pad if I’m doing research on the run. I love writing on a computer because I can edit as I go—trying this word or that, and experimenting with sentences of different lengths.

Q. Do you have pets? Tell us about them and their names. 

HWB. I have a 12-year-old Shih-Tzu named Stormy (who is actually pretty docile). He demands that he accompany me to the studio every morning. Not that he wants to be with “Daddy,” but because he knows he’s going to get a cookie from my stash in the studio.

Q. Do you enjoy writing in other forms (playwriting, poetry, short stories, etc.)?
If yes, tell us about it.

HWB. Not really. But I started my writing avocation by selling articles to magazines and Sunday supplements (remember those?) of newspapers. I wrote five nonfiction (trade) books back in the Middle Ages, but decided that was too much work for too little monetary return. (This, you see, was waaay back when “cut and paste” meant you literally had to cut and paste . . . because you were writing on something called a typewriter.) I gave up writing for awhile after the nonfiction books, but missed it. That’s when I decided to try my hand at creating a novel. How hard can that be? I thought. Pretty damn hard, it turned out. But in the end, it turned out to be a whole lot more fun than anything else, at least for me.

Q. What’s your best advice to other writers for overcoming procrastination?

Part Two will post next week. Don’t miss it!

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