Monday, September 27, 2010

Interview with author Les Berman

Today my guest is author, Les Berman.

1. Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.
I started thinking about writing when I was teaching seventh grade math around 2004. I wanted to try to do something different to stimulate my students.

2. Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m a part-time writer. I write when something comes into my head. This sometimes occurs around two o’clock in the morning.

3. What influences your writing?
Reading good mystery or thriller novels.

4. Is this your first published work? What other types of writing have you done?
This is my first published novel, and I’m currently working on a book that deals with educational issues in America.

5. Why did you choose to write a children's story?
I felt it was a good way to encourage students to study math.

6. What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
I used California math standards and the High School Math Exit Exam in creating the math questions related to the story.  At the end of the novel I added 50 questions similar to the High School Exit Exam.

7. What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?
With traditional publishing the publisher takes on the cost of printing and sales distribution. With both types of publishing you have to spend your time and money for marketing.

8. What is your marketing strategy?
I recently signed up for Virtual Tours; I’ve attended a couple of book signings, and currently in the process of putting together a short skit for you tube.

9. What are your thoughts about children's writers needing an agent or not needing one?
If a writer is looking for a publisher, it is almost imperative to obtain an agent. For mass distribution of a book, I believe you need a publisher.

10. Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
My webpage has a brief Bio:, or Also my Bio is on Facebook.

11. Do you have any tips for writers who are new to children's literature?
Being new myself, the only advice I have is don’t give up if you believe in your product.

12. Please give us a brief synopsis about your current book and when and where it will be available.
This Captivating novel follows the wild adventures of three charismatic young aliens from the distant planet Hebutar, and their companion on  Earth.  Zytor, the son of the ruler of Hebutar, is determined to stop a group
of terrorists from causing chaos in the United States.  Against  his father’s wishes, Zytor travels to Earth and meets a young girl, Tandy, whose father was killed by terrorists.  Zytor’s sister Phelena, a Captain in
the Hebutarian Military and a fellow soldier, are dispatched by her father  to bring Zytor back to Hebutar before he mingles into the affairs of Planet  Earth.  While tracking down the terrorist, Zytor gets his medallion stolen (a powerful weapon), forcing him to team up with his sister and devise plans to retrieve the medallion, and help authorities stop the evil terrorists from executing  a terrible attack in Washington D.C.

My book can be ordered through my web page:
or Also the book can be downloaded on the Amazon Kindle or Apple I-pad with an Amazon app.

Les Berman, author of The Power of the Blue Medallion
book category: YA science fiction
# of pages: 210-215 <>

Book Excerpt

“We better get inside the chamber room and find a place to hide until they come to plant the explosives,” General Vendor said to Zytor and Phelena. “Raygor, you better put on the security guard outfit and
relieve the guard on duty.

By four-thirty everyone was at their assigned positions, waiting nervously for the operation to begin. Before attending their post on the outside of the building, the two experienced FBI agents sat in their car for a few minutes, discussing their concerns regarding the number of men assigned on the outskirts of the building.

An hour later Raygor heard the stairway door open as he approached the three remaining tourists. Before escorting them to the escalator, he knocked twice on the outside of the chamber wall, signaling Zytor and
the others that the operation was on. Raygor purposely watched the tourists land on the first floor, allowing them to enter the chamber room.

Phelena grasped her medallion, taking only a minute to render herself and the others invisible just seconds before Janis, Henry, and Puccini entered the room. Hiding behind the last row of seats in the room gave
them an excellent vantage point in watching every move of the three terrorists. As expected, they removed the panes to the television cameras and carefully concealed the explosives on both sides of the room. After congratulating themselves, they retreated to the Chamber entrance, peeked out the door, and quickly stepped into the hallway, when the guard was nowhere to be seen.

Just as they were about to make their way to the stairs, Janis paused as he heard a loud sound from the chamber room when Zytor accidentally kicked a chair as he got up from behind it.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting YA science fiction book. Thank you for sharing the brief synopsis and the book excerpt.

  2. Thanks Penny for inviting Les Berman to appear at your blog during his virtual book tour.

  3. Rebecca, my pleasure. I'm glad to host Les.