BUZZ BERNARD IS A TERRIBLE WRITER

The first time I received a negative review of one of my novels I felt as if I’d been gut-punched.

I tiny wave of nausea surged through me.  That was over six years and five novels ago.  Since then, I’ve learned to roll with the punches.  Thumbs-down evaluations of my works, I’ve come to understand, are part of the business.  As the cliché goes, they come with the territory.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, YOU DIDN’T LIKE “GONE GIRL”?

41Oq8LVj-mL._SX271_BO1,204,203,200_It wasn’t that I didn’t like GONE GIRL.  It was that GONE GIRL just never got going for me.  I plowed through about 40 or 50 pages of the novel and raised the white flag.  Not because the writing wasn’t good, quite the opposite.  It was exquisite.  Gillian Flynn can write circles around me and most other authors.

The problem was, I didn’t know what the story was.  No conflict or drama emerged, at least in those early pages.  A friend of mine who read the book (all the way through) said, “You should have stuck with it.”  After seeing the movie, I knew he was right.  But I got tired of taxiing down a runway in an airplane that never took off.

YEA THOUGH I WALK

searchDarrell Huckaby is a retired educator, renown columnist, accomplished author, Southern humorist, lay speaker in the Methodist church, and one heck of a good storyteller. He also has Stage 4 metastatic prostate disease, cancer, for which there is no cure.

YEA THOUGH I WALK is Darrell’s story of his battle with that disease. It’s a tale that all men over 40 (and probably their wives, too) should read. Every year, 28,000 males die of prostate cancer. As Darrell points out, it’s not, as people erroneously label it, “the best kind of cancer to have.” It’s cancer, and in men over 75 it’s the leading cause of death.

A WRITER/METEOROLOGIST’S REVIEW OF SUPERCELL

Tornado chasers on the Great Plains.

Tornado chasers on the Great Plains.

As many of you know, I’m a meteorologist in novelist’s clothing.  (Or is it the other way around?)  Well, whatever.  I majored in atmospheric science in college and took a couple of courses in creative writing.  I think I did fairly well in them (it was a long time ago), even though I recall being severely intimidated when I entered a classroom full of English and English Lit majors.

At any rate, though I’ve always been a writer, I really didn’t do much with the creative aspect of it until relatively late in my life.

“I READ YOUR BOOK WITH GREAT RELISH”

I was curious–and maybe you were, too–to find out how Plague would be received by the real-life inspiration for the novel’s protagonist, Richard Wainwright.

The inspiration for Richard came from an old high school friend of mine, Steve Miller. Steve, or more formally, Robert S. Miller, carved out a high-profile and extremely successful career for himself as a rescuer of distressed corporations. He later authored a very well-written memoir of his adventures in corporate America called The Turnaround Kid.

The “Kid” is now retired–well semi-retired, I suspect; I doubt Steve will ever fully kick back–in Florida.

Pacific Glory

I suppose this is an appropriate date–Pearl Harbor Day–to tell you about a novel, Pacific Glory, I read recently that really struck a chord with me.

Typically, I’m a thriller-mystery-suspense kind of guy, but I guess I was ready for a change of pace. So I picked up a book that promoted itself as “a thrilling, multi-layered World War II adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the war [in the Pacific].”