Welcome to my website. My blog is about writing. I've been a professional writer for several years, everything from ad copy and PSAs to articles and instruction manuals. About five years ago I decided to start writing fiction. I gobbled up all the advice and instruction I could. I read books, asked authors, joined groups. I learned all I could, then plunged right in. I managed to put out three novels in different genres. I wrote some good things, made plenty of mistakes, received a lot of good reviews and some criticism. I tried to learn from all of it. Through my blog I will share a lot of the lessons I've learned over the years.
But writing is a big world and all-inclusive. It's not just about the nuts and bolts of how to do it. It includes a love of words, a creativity, and a way of looking at the world. In deciding to write, I uncover fascinating people, unusual customs, and spectacular places. When I stumble onto interesting subjects, they turn into their own blogs: Viking berserkers, the famed Winchester house, the origins of halloween, the health benefits of drumming. The world is an interesting place: varied, odd, diverse. The blog will certainly reflect that.
I recently wrote a short story for an anthology called Monster Mayhem. The concept behind the anthology is really interesting. First, monsters from the myhtology of many different cultures were chosen. Next, artists were chosen to make images of those creatures. Then writers were chosen to write short stories based on the artwork. I've seen about half of the art pieces and they are excellent, varying styles and all very well done; the book will be worth buying just for the artwork. My story is about a creature from Russian/Slavic mythology called the Indrik. The Indrik, Lord of Animals, is part deer, part bull, part horse with a single horn on its head. The story is part creation myth, part epic, and all original.
Monster Mayhem is being edited now and should be available soon.
My latest book, Strange hunting II, is now available on Amazon. Berk Willis continues to scour the planet in search of rituals, legends, and the creatures behind them. In the process he meets an Algerian warlord, a voodoo princess, a headhunter-turned-Christian, a Chinese monk, and more.
Buy the new book here .