Author name: Berthold Gambrel
Genre: Science-Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Books: The Directorate, The House of Teufelvelt, 1NG4, Vespasian Moon’s Fabulous Autumn Carnival.
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? When I was in college, I read a lot of horror fiction while hanging out between classes, and at some point I started thinking, I could write something better than this. As it turned out, I really couldn’t—looking back, most of my early horror stories were pretty weak—but I got better at writing in other genres, in particular science fiction. More significantly, I discovered I really enjoyed doing it.
How do you balance your work with other demands? It’s a struggle. Sometimes, when I have an idea I really like, I’ll stay up late at night on weeknights writing to get it all down as fast as I can. Other times, I feel like I can’t write a word even when I have the whole day to myself. The main thing is forcing myself to refrain from time-wasting activities and focusing on writing whenever I have the free time.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: Getting my first job. I was over the moon.
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Some combination of both. I usually come up with a general outline of points I want to hit, but I take a very loose approach about getting to them. Sometimes as I’m “filling in” my outline, I’ll come up with a new idea that I want to work in to the story that changes the whole thing.
Could you write in a café with people around? The people, I could ignore. The food and the coffee could be harder. 🙂
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? I’ve never written in another language. I have written one (unpublished) novella that features a character who speaks entirely in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. At first, it was brutal and I wondered why I was even doing it. By the end, it felt incredibly natural, and unconsciously / I found my pen did lapse with greatest ease / into that arcane, forbidding style.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? My favorite book! Oh, that’s a hard question. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers is certainly a contender, but it’s a collection of short stories. A Confederacy of Dunces is a great novel, as are most of Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels. Currently, I’m reading Hyperlink from Hell by Lindy Moone. It’s a very unique book; I can’t wait to write a review.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? eReader every day of the week!
Do you think print books will always be around? Probably not—come the year 3000 they’ll likely have been replaced by something else.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? I have a flip-phone, so it would be impractical. That said, if a book somehow could somehow be put on it, and I had nothing else to read, I’d probably try.
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? My ancient iPad 2.
How long could you go without checking your phone? An hour and a half. I know this because I don’t take my phone when I work out, and that’s how long it takes.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I love audiobooks. I listen to them sometimes while playing video games or working on mindless computer tasks.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? I do use it for self-promotion, although I feel dirty whenever I do. More fun is using it to discover and promote other indie authors. I’ve met so many wonderful, talented people this way! Twitter is my favorite platform for discovering other authors, WordPress is my favorite for posting reviews and other writings.
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38 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Berthold Gambrel”
Excellent post, Barbara. Berthold sounds like an interesting and talented writer.
Thank you. 🙂
I agree, John. I “met” Berthold through Twitter and then started following his blog. He has a lot of creative ideas. Thanks for reading!
I love that Berthold still has a flip-phone! I only gave mine up so I’d have GPS to avoid getting lost in the “hood” on the way to work. Twitter and WordPress are my favorite, too. Great interview, Barbara!
I’m dreading the day my flip phone stops working–will I be able to get another one? 😀
I don’t know if you could! The hinge on my mother’s flip phone broke and she ended up with an iPhone. But she hated it and wanted so much to go back to the flip!
Breathe deep…I think you can. 🙂
Hi Jill – I loved the flip phone thing too! I used to h)ave one then I got a go-phone and I finally got an iPhone about 4 years ago. Having a GPS is very helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by to read Berthold’s interview 🙂
Derek still has his flip phone with no plans to upgrade. 🙂
I love it!
I read Berthold’s writing story with great interest as I’ve just submitted to you, Barbara, a narrative of my own. What surprised me most about this author’s story is his ability to write one (unpublished) novella that features a character who speaks entirely in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. Wow! I’m blown away.
Thanks Barbara and Berthold. Now I’m off to check out his website!
Thank you! 🙂
Hi Marian. Thanks so much for stopping by to read Berthold’s profile. I thought the iamibc pentameter was awesome!
I always find meeting new [to me] Indie authors and reading about their books and writing very interesting, Barbara. Nice to meet Berthold.
Hi Robbie – thanks for visiting and for reading Berthold’s profile. He has some very creative and interesting ideas – I enjoyed reading about them too!
I enjoyed this interview, having recently read 1NG4. Always nice to know more about the author.
Thank you! 🙂
Hi Jennifer – yes I agree. I love to read about authors’ preferences and how they balance their writing careers with other things. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
This is an interesting interview, Barbara. Nice to meet Berthold. It must be hard to work full-time and try to write, especially when ideas come during the week. I wonder if print books would extinct also.
Hi Miriam – I was a little shocked by the prediction that print books would be extinct. I don’t think that will happen, but the digital age is definitely upon us and we all benefit from the convenience of having books available in that format. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
Once again, thank you, Barbara for doing this, and thanks also to all you folks reading it and leaving comments! 🙂
Hi Berthold – it’s so great to connect everyone. I feel like I’m at a party!
Great interview! I particularly liked that you’re a hybrid pantler. I’ve definitely enjoyed your stories so far. Write more! lol
Hi Meeka – thanks for visiting Berthold here on my blog. “Pantler” is a great term!
lol -waves- I’m a hybrid too, so I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find a simple way of describing my technique. Probably should have been writing instead. 😉
Thank you! I will. 🙂
Thank you so much for doing the interview with Berthold. I’ve enjoyed a number of his books and it’s time he gets the recognition he deserves.
Nice interview! As well as his novels and stories, Berthold writes really good (as in well-written and thoughtful) reviews of books and movies.
I have been following Berthold’s blog for a while now. Thank you Barbara for this insightful interview.
And thanks for visiting – I was very pleased to host Berthold!
I’m in love with that cover on the Vespasian Moon’s… book! And I think this is the first time I’ve “met” anyone who also enjoys the Jeeves stories :))
Wait – count me in on Jeeves! I read P.G. Wodehouse in college and have been a fan ever since. So funny 🙂
This was such a good interview.
And I have the same problem with food and hot drinks in coffee shops. Such a temptation.
Oh I know, isn’t it? Thanks for reading and commenting, Lydia 🙂
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