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Q&A with Dan Berne, author of The Gods of Second Chances


I recently had the opportunity to read and review Dan Berne’s book The Gods of Second Chances.  Dan has graciously agreed to do a Q&A with me about his book.  Thanks so much to Dan for his thoughtful answers.  I also invite you to read a synopsis and my review of his book, which I highly recommend you put on your TBR pile.

Q&A with Dan Berne:

Author Dan Berne

Author Dan Berne

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer?

I’ve written stories since I was ten years old. I was the introvert in a family of seven kids in a relatively small house (our shared bedroom was wall –bed – bed – bed – wall). Reading books was my escape. In college and beyond, I focused on poetry, but turned to fiction and novel writing when I was forty. In poetry, every word and line break has to mean something, and you have a few lines to evoke a response from the reader. In the novel form, I loved being able to work with the arc of the story and the unfolding of characters.

2. What, in particular, drew you to Alaska and made you decide to use that setting for the book?

I had been up to Alaska kayaking and hiking. I knew that I wanted my protagonist to be a working class guy, and I was drawn to the life that I saw up there. The landscape is so compelling and really is almost a character in itself. Continue reading

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Review and Giveaway: The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne

I received an Advanced Copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I invite you to read my review, learn a bit about the author and enter to win your own copy (US/Canada).

My Review:

DanBerne+TGOSC+coverRay Bancroft is a widowed fisherman in Alaska trying to raise his 11 year old granddaughter by himself.  He has had a tough life and nothing comes easy to him. He surrounds himself with statues of gods from different religions in order to gain some good karma and extra luck from the universe when he is carrying out his daily tasks.

The Alaskan setting in this book is captivating.  Ray and his partner Felix are out on their boat in bone-chilling weather for 12 or more hours a day trying to catch crabs and shrimp.  The descriptions of the sea, the Alaskan landscape and Yatki Island make you feel like you are shivering on the boat right beside them.

At times it seems like the whole universe is against Ray.  His job is dangerous, a tourist that he took out on his boat for a fishing trip has filed a frivolous lawsuit against him and he is always struggling to make ends meet.  The one bright spot in his world is his teenage granddaughter Sitka, but even his relationship with her is threatened when his drug addicted daughter suddenly comes back to town. Continue reading


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