Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Ted D. Berner, a new author who published his very first work as his debut novel! Read the interview below.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Proof the Novel is the only thing I’ve written and I started in in 2010. It was about a four year project to do the research and get it to the first draft.
Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?
A: Lost ancient knowledge is what drives me the most. To see the megalithic stone structures scattered across the globe and to try and envision how they could possibly have been constructed with primitive technology is mind boggling if not unbelievable. Researching ancient legends and folklore along with ancient texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, seem to help connect the dots somewhat though, which fuels the fire in me even more.
Q: Tell me a bit about your debut novel, Proof the Novel. What was the original idea behind it?
A: A friend and co-worker pointed out the verse Genesis 6:4 in the Bible to me several years ago. Although I had already read the Bible, this verse must have slipped by me the first time, but piqued my interest this time around. Genesis 6:4 brings up when the Sons of God (fallen angels) took the daughters of men and had children which were known as the men of old… the men of renown. Further research into this topic reveals these half-breeds were of gigantic proportions and referenced all over the world in other stories.
Q: What was the most challenging part of the writing process while working on Proof?
A: We have a ranch with thirty some miles of fence to maintain to keep the summer cows in, several acres of hay ground to deal with, along with the rest of the day to day activities that need to be attended to. Then, my other job of being an airline pilot, takes up several hours as well, so finding the time to be able to write was probably the most challenging part of writing Proof. Of course, the fact that I wasn’t a writer didn’t help either.
Q: How much ‘grunt work’ goes into your writing?
A: I spent more time researching for Proof the Novel than I did actually writing it. Although the editing process was rather lengthy (thank God for editors), I’m sure the hours I spent digging up facts from the ancient and not so ancient past far exceeded anything else. So even though there was quite a bit of ‘grunt work’ involved, it didn’t seem like work at all as the facts I stumbled upon were quite fascinating and made me want to go even deeper down that rabbit hole.
Q: Are you working on any writing projects currently? If so, what can you tell me about them?
A: Yes, I’m currently writing the sequel to Proof. I can’t say too much without giving away the story, but I can say I will reveal what the purpose of the Great Pyramid of Giza actually was. The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle will also be unveiled along with what the phenomenon of ghosts actually are as well.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: One thing I would like the world to know is, never stop questioning what happened eons ago to put all of what we know into motion. Something amazing happened and we are all blessed to be apart of it. I would also like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my work. Although it can be a little frustrating when someone reads in one or two days what it took me years to create, it is very rewarding at the same time. I would also like to thank you, Em, for taking the time to interview me… you are the best!
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