Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Born to Die by @georgebernstein #interview

Date Published: November 2015

Too many infant boys of Palm Beach gentry are dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Only obstetrics nurse, Casey Jansson, is suspicious.
Al Warner, crack Miami Homicide detective, is inactive, languishing on medical leave after a deadly shootout with a serial killer, “The Angel of Death.”  He’s in the best physical condition of his life, but is struggling to convince the Department’s shrink he is not suffering from PTSD.
Warner meets Casey at a local pub. They are attracted to each other, but misreading the other’s body language, remain reserved.  Learning of the SIDS deaths from Casey, Warner concedes it sounds more than coincidental, but can find no obvious Motive or Opportunity. However, he agrees to help investigate, hoping romance develops later. 
Casey’s obsession eventually tangles her in mortal danger. Only Warner can save her, if he can figure out where she went, and get there in time.

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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I rarely struggle with the writing. Once I get a plot idea, it just usually flows easily. The hardest part of being a successful author is getting the publicity you may deserve from all the “Best Seller” type review you receive. Most authors (me included) aren’t great promoters.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I don’t use them. I listen to classical music on my car’s audio system, and my favorite is Rimsky-Korsakov.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I belong to a small critique group in Palm Beach, FL, consisting of 5 successfully published authors. WSe meet once a month, after sending in advance each about our latest 10 pages of work, so there’s plenty of time for editing and content suggestions.

What book are you reading now?

Nothing right now because I’m working hard on my next novel. Recently finished Baldacci’s “Saving Faith,” which I enjoyed. I’m a big Dean Koontz fan (especially his non-paranormal work, like “The Husband”), and I credit him as my unknowing guru on writing riveting scenes. He’s one of the great wordsmiths in the uindustry.

How did you start your writing career?

When I retired relatively young, my wife said, “You don’t love golf. You’ve always been a great storyteller. Why don’t you write a novel?” That was in 1990, and I started my 1st novel, TRAPPED, which after many rewrites, based on suggestions of editors and agents, eventually was winner in “The Next Great American Novel” contest by a small indie publisher. It only took 22 years, and quickly became an Amazon Top 100 Novel.

Tell us about your next release.

I’m working on my next (the 3rd) Detective Al Warner suspense. The first two have gotten rave reviews. I’m about 30% through it, and so far, my critique group loves it. They always compliment me on my unique story ideas and totally unexpected endings.

George A. Bernstein is the retired President of a Chicago small appliance company, now living in south Florida. Born to Die is the 2nd in his Detective Al Warner Suspense series, following Death’s Angel, a 5-Star reviewed novel. Two more are already in the works. Bernstein’s first novel, Trapped, was a winner in a publisher’s “Next Great American Novel” contest, and has gained mostly 5-Star reviews at Amazon and Goodreads while becoming an Amazon Top 100 Novel. His 2nd novel,  A 3rd Time to Die (A paranormal Romantic Suspense), also has almost all 5-Star Reviews, with one reader likening him to the best, less “spooky” works of Dean Koontz & Stephen King.
He’s also a “World-class” fly-fisherman, recently catching his 13th fly rod IGFA World Records, and has published Toothy Critters Love Flies  (www.pikeflyguy.com), the complete book on fly-fishing for pike & musky.

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