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Driven Out

It Is Finished


Descent is out!

Episode 3 of the second book in The Hrwang Incursion series is available!  Take a look!

Episode 3, Descent, is now available at Smashwords.  There will be four episodes in this book.  Not quite as long as Earth, but more along the lines of a standard length novel.

A note about pricing.  I’m experimenting with Smashword’s ‘You set the price’ feature.  If you’d like a frame of reference, when I publish all four episodes in one novel on Amazon, the price will be $2.99.

Eva’s adventure on Hrwang continues in Descent.  Face to face with the Lord Admiral, she has to figure out how to deal with him while also dealing with a surprise traitor.




My Favorite Martian

Mark Watney is much smarter than Alexander Crayton.  But then, I suppose, Watney didn’t have alien robots actively trying to kill him during his stay on Mars.

I just finished Andy Weir’s The Martian, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Watney is great.  A fun character to read about.  I understand why the book has been such a big hit.

I also saw the movie (I actually saw it first) and was surprised at how faithful it was to the book.  In fact, except for an extra dramatic touch at the end (I won’t spoil it) and a brief epilogue, the movie stays extremely true to the story in the book.  Drew Goddard did a fantastic job with the screenplay.

I’m glad I wrote Earth long before I heard of The Martian.  I’m not sure I would have had Alex attempt to cross Mars in quite the same way had I done so.  I probably would have written that part entirely differently, not even allowing him to try.  I was pleased, though, that Watney used the second rover as a trailer in much the same fashion as Alex attempted.

I highly recommend The Martian, and after you finish reading that, read Earth and let me know what you think Alex might have done differently, or if there even was anything he could have done differently.





Pre-order Earth now!

I’ve been releasing episodes of Earth for free on smashword, and now I’m releasing the final episode.  I’m only charging 99 cents for the entire book (all 9 episodes), or, if you’ve been downloading them for free on Smashwords, the final episode is the same price.

It’s been a fun ride writing and releasing this science fiction work.  There’s more to come!


Episode 4 of Earth is out.


I’m enjoying writing this series. I love the characters and it’s fun writing the action.  It’s intense at times.  Everyone seems to love the cliffhangers at the end of each episode.

I’ll compile all of it into an omnibus edition when I’m finished and plan on including the first episode of book two.  There are nine episodes for book one, ‘Earth’, but I don’t know yet how many episodes there will be in book two.  I do know book two will be called ‘New Israel’ for reasons that won’t be apparent until you read episode nine.

So, for now, enjoy episode 4, Insertion, and let me know what you think!



And now for something completely different…

First, an apology to all you smashworders!  I only put my latest book, Defeat   Earth: Episode 1 on Smashword for free because I read that’s the only way to get Amazon Kindle to make your book free.  But the response has been overwhelming!  Thank you so much!  Now, after all of you have finished reading, write those reviews!

Because of my mistake in not considering Smashwords a viable platform, I didn’t even put a cover on my book out there.  I’ve corrected that, so now you can go redownload at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550766 and get a cover!

Defeat_Cover_for_KindlejpgDefeat is not at all like what I’ve written before.  It’s straight up, mostly, science fiction, with a few themes I’ve explored in my earlier works about the Afterlife.  But everyone who dies in Defeat departs the picture.  It’s clearly told from the perspective of the living.

I’ve enjoyed science fiction for a long time and have always wanted to write a science fiction novel.  Just like I’ve had ideas kicking in my head for a long time about the Afterlife, I’ve had the ideas kicking around about Earth for a long time also.  I just hadn’t expected the book to be so long, so I’m releasing it in episode format, with Defeat being the first episode.  From the title, it isn’t hard to imagine how things are going for Earth in it.

Why science fiction?  I used to read historical fiction and murder mysteries, but I found Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein and became forever hooked.  I read a bunch of Heinlein, then discovered Asimov, Bradbury, (I never was much of a Clarke fan), Herbert, McCaffrey, Zelazny (I met him once!), Wolfe, and many others.  I read some fantasy, including Tolkien, Moorcroft, Lovecraft, and Leiber, but science fiction was where it was at for me.  I think it influenced my desire to go into rocket science, although I always enjoyed setting things on fire and blowing them up and rocket propellant development was a natural fit.

So now it’s my turn to write some sci-fi!  I hope you enjoy it.




I read somewhere that J.K. Rowling listened to classical music, one piece in particular, while she wrote Harry Potter.  I didn’t get it.  Why would someone listen to music while writing?  Wouldn’t that be distracting?

My writing professor also played music for us while we wrote in class, and I finally got it.  I think, at least for me, that music occupies those parts of my brain that want to be distracted by trivial noises.  Someone walking around, a car door slamming in front of the house, a TV playing in another room.

Plus I think that some music simply tells my brain, “It’s time to write.”  There are certain albums I only listen to now when I write.

I’ve also found that certain music works better than others.  Life Turns Electric by Finger Eleven is one of my favorites.  I also listen to The Best of Fuel and Angels and Devils by Fuel and The Mask and the Mirror, The Book of Secrets, An Ancient Muse, and The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Loreena McKennitt.

Probably my biggest inspiration, though, is a fellow Brigham Young University graduate, Lindsey Stirling.  She is unique.  Her albums, Lindsey Stirling and Shatter Me, are high on my list of music to listen to while I write.  Her story also motivates me.

Here are a couple of links you should check out:



I’ve never been a big violin fan, but I love the way she plays hers.  Her story on mormon.org is particularly touching and I hope you take the time to watch it.



You’ve gotta know when to walk away…

My next book, Discovery, will be out soon. It’s available for kindle pre-order right now.

I have to say the writing of Discovery went smoothly for me. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting, and the writing of it simply flowed. It was fun.

I recently had a less fun experience.

I was 40,000 words (about 110 pages) into a novel and it took me over three months to add another 10,000 words. I just couldn’t feel the story. By the end of the three month period, I didn’t like the characters any longer, I didn’t care about what they wanted from life, and the plot wasn’t fun.

Walking away from that much work scared me.

But I did. I read some blogs on when to walk away from a story and when to perservere, and I discussed it with some of my family and friends. The bottom line was: If the story didn’t interest me, it wouldn’t interest readers either.

So I walked away from it.

I immediately dove into another story that has been haunting me. I love it. I’m planning on releasing that story in episodes and the first one should be out by the end of the year. This story began as the first scene of a screenplay written in a class over three years ago. As I filled in the backstory in my head, I realized I had a major story to tell, and now the first draft of the first episode is complete. I’m excited about it and hope my readers will be also.

In the meantime, I hope you love reading Discovery as much as I loved writing it.



Bernard Wilkerson is the author of Communion, In The Beginning, and the soon to be released Discovery.