H. W. “Buzz” Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist.
His debut novel, EYEWALL, which one reviewer called a “perfect summer beach read,” was released in May 2011 and went on to become a number-one best seller in Amazon’s Kindle Store.
PLAGUE (“One of the best thrillers of 2012″—novelist Al Leverone) came out in September 2012, and won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense/thriller category.
SUPERCELL (“Races along with the speed of a twister”—novelist Michael Wallace) was published in late 2013 and became a best seller on Kindle as well as the winner of the 2015 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense/thriller category.
Buzz’s fourth novel and third in his “weather trilogy,” BLIZZARD (“A terrific book”—novelist Deborah Smith) was released in February 2015. It led to his nomination for a 2016 Georgia Author of the Year award.
CASCADIA (“heart pounding”–Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT best-selling author WHERE IT HURTS) was released in July 2016, and won the 2018 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense/thriller category—Buzz’s third “Eppie.”
Buzz’s next novel, WHEN HEROES FLEW (“vivid, unforgettable”–P. T. Deutermann, author of award-winning PACIFIC GLORY), was released in April 2020 and marked a switch for Buzz to historical fiction. WHEN HEROES FLEW was awarded a gold medal by the Military Writers Society of America.
WHEN HEROES FLEW: THE SHANGRI-LA RAIDERS (“well researched and well told”–Mark Sullivan, USA Today bestselling author of THE LAST GREEN VALLEY), the second in the When Heroes Flew series, was released in July 2021.
WHEN HEROES FLEW: THE ROOF OF THE WORLD (“stark detail and white-knuckle authenticity”–Tom Young, author of RED BURNING SKY), the third in the series, will be published on May 24, 2022.
Buzz is currently at work on his fourth WWII historical fiction novel. It’s scheduled to be released in mid-2023.
Before becoming a novelist, Buzz worked at The Weather Channel as a senior meteorologist for thirteen years. Prior to that, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. He attained the rank of colonel and received, among other awards, the Legion of Merit.
His “airborne” experiences include a mission with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post (C-135).
In the past, he’s provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska’s arctic slope, and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, have taken him to Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Panama.
He’s a native Oregonian and attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science; he also studied creative writing.
Buzz is a past president of the Southeastern Writers Association as well as a member of Military Writers Society of America, International Thriller Writers, and Atlanta Writers Club.
He and his wife Barbara live in Kennewick, Washington, along with their fuzzy Shih Tzu, Stormy, who doesn’t live up to his name.