HIS BIO: Bernard Cornwell Born in London in 1944, he is an illegitimate "war child" whose father was a Canadian pilot and a parent in the British Assistant Air Force for Women. It was adopted as a baby and raised in Essex by a family belonging to a (now extinct) religious sect called The Peculiar People. They ban alcohol, cigarettes, dance, television and traditional medicine. After his miserable childhood, he fled to the University of London, worked briefly as a teacher after graduation, then joined BBC TV. He started as a researcher in the national program and
He eventually made his way to the BBC's current affairs chief in Northern Ireland, and became editor-in-chief of The Times News Section. While working in Belfast, he met his wife Judy, a visiting American, whom he moved to for the United States.
As a teenager, Bernard loved Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester and Kane
Always dreamed of writing. When he first met my existence in 1980, Judy couldn't
I live in England for family reasons so Bernard moved to America where he was
Green Card declined. Then he decided to act based on his dream and do it
Something does not need government permission – to write a novel. he is
Judy is still married and Bernard is now an American citizen.
Bernard Cornwell has since published more than 40 books, most of which have been translated into
More than a dozen languages. The Sharp series, of which there are now twenty,
It was converted into a TV series by Carlton TV, and was shown in the United States on
Masterpiece theater. Another, Sharp Escape, is set at the beginning
The Peninsula War, like the rest of the world, is firmly based on real history. him too
The author of famous Arthur books, The Warlord Chronicles; from Starbuck
Chronicles, Collection during the American Civil War, and the Quest Quest series, Tales
Fourteenth century. Stonehenge also wrote, 2000 BC. Gallows thief,
Redcoat, It is about the American Revolution; Five Contemporary Sailing
horror movies. He lives and writes from his home in Chatham, Cape Cod.
Christopher Sofert meets Bernard Cornwell
Christopher Sofert: I was amazed to find that you sold more than 12,000,000
Worldwide copies of the Sharp series, which is just a small part of your catalog.
Moreover, the Boston Globe recently mentioned that you may be the "greatest"
Writer of historical novels today. Are you successful with your own standards?
Bernard Cornwell: I am successful because I enjoy my life, which is a great experience
An enormous blessing that does not depend on commercial success (although I am
It would not be foolish to deny that it helps). What I mean by that is that
The point of life, as I see it, is not writing books, mountain climbing or ocean sailing, however
To achieve happiness, and preferably unselfish happiness. It just happens
I write books, and I'm very lucky to have books sold well all over the world,
But even the biggest financial success will not make up for a bad life. I
We are fortunate that the books sell, but are more fortunate to live in Chatham, to be very
Marry happily and, on the whole, have a somewhat clear conscience. Anyone
Claiming to have a clear conscience is definitely a bore.
CS: The Boston Globe also noted the irony that "there are places where
Bernard Cornwell is the family name. His Cape Cod home is not
one of them. "I have a feeling that they are right, that you are actually walking the streets
Chatham not to reveal his public identity, as opposed to a similarly successful Chatham
population. Are you saying that right?
BC: Absolutely true, and I will not change it to the world. I mind you, even in places
Where I am most known, I walk in secrecy, because people know that
The names of the authors, but not their faces. I did a British TV series TV series
A few years ago and for a few weeks, I felt popular in Britain
The desire to speak, which was flattering, but memory faded and anonymity blessed
CS: Sharpe & # 39; s Havoc was published in 2003 and is the first of many novels to reach
New York Times Best Seller list here in the US and at the same time in Britain, I did
He has already got many best selling books, including the Sharpe series that will go to TV. to me
What do you attribute this contradiction? Do you see your popularity in the United States?
It increases as your stories spread on an American basis
BC: The discrepancy is completely based, I think, on the fact that I write better when I am
Writing about what I know, and that is British history. Although, I lived in
For more than 25 years now I am an American citizen, I have still heard British voices
my head. Writing British dialogue is easy, American writing is harder, and I feel it
More confident writing about the British. Even books have more appeal to
British audiences, but that didn't stop them from making best-seller lists in places like
Brazil, Japan and at least dozens of countries. In the end, its attractiveness is not
Necessarily history, but the quality of the storytelling, and the story is good
Transcends national borders. I still have to break the French market, though
Not entirely surprising given that Sharp's novels are endless tales from
CS: I have been staying in Chatham for a few years now. When I moved here,
As the story says, you don't have a work permit and so, I started writing for a living.
Were you surprised that a workable solution was reached? I imagine a lot
Those who have reached this solution will end up in England in 6 months.
BC: I was amazed! In fact, I moved to New Jersey in 1980 and was not discovered
Chatham until 1990, at that time the books were selling, but it was still silly
The decision, based only on love. Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons, so I am
He should have come to the United States, and the American government will not give me a green card,
So I told her that I would write a book. Well, it worked, and I'm still here, and it is,
Are we not lucky? Looking back, of course, was irresponsible, mad, hopeless,
An idiot, but if you don't take chances, you'll never get a winning hand
no regret. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if the first book had not happened
Sold . . . He does not think about it, but I think we had succeeded in this
CS: Before 1980 I was a TV producer with BBC. Do you miss work
In that way? Do you find that there is simplicity in writing that did not exist
Previously in your work as a TV producer?
BC: I don't miss her at all. TV is the young man's way. I had ten great
Years in it, had a great deal of fun, traveled all over the world, and got
Outside. And yes, there is simplicity to write books because you are not a member of
Team, so you have to make all the decisions yourself instead of delaying to a committee. I
Get a request to appear on TV – right now I have two invitations from Britain
To make a long series of military history, but I'm not sure if I really want to do this
– I'm afraid of seducing vanity, but I realize it will help sell books – that's why I am
Without what do I do.
CS: Have a local writing community or fellow writers to look forward to
Support and advice?
BC: Writing is a solitary profession. If you can't do it yourself then you are
Maybe you can't do that. So no, no local writing community. At risk of sounding foully
Dumb I think the book collections are probably very useful at the beginning
Writing profession. I've never been in such a group and the only time I've ever been
I was invited to one left in disgust because they were pushing the idea of 'writing as.'
Psychiatric Therapy & # 39 ;.
CS: Do you have a writing mentor? Is the other mentor here?
BC: I do not have a teacher. I have an amazing, awesome, and incredibly useful editor in it
London has the most influence, but we disagree as much as we do
agree. I will gladly guide anyone who wants guidance, and most of them go on
The Internet instead of face to face. The only thing I will not do is read other peoples
Unpublished work. The reason for this is that it does not help. I am not in a position to
Post it or act as an agent, so instead I put it in touch with
The agent whose job is to read the unpublished work. I know this sounds sinister, but true
Now, on my desk, there are four books waiting to be read and my publishers want me to
To give them a "puff", two books I review for newspapers in London, one book
Urgently need reading to research, and two others for fun, so I am simply
You have no time to read more. Agents will read the unpublished work because they are
They may earn money, and that is their business. not mine.
CS: I have written an impressive number of books, about forty I have read
My research is before the interview, which makes about two books each year. I'm surprised by that
The publisher can handle this kind of output, frankly. What is their overall strategy
Are they able to put time and attention in every book it deserves?
BC: It has so far 43 books in 25 years. Publishers do not mind! Publishers like
The authors are "well-established" because they can largely expect sales and thus
Cash flow in an industry is otherwise uncertain. The strategy varies from place to place
– In London, we produce a book for the Christmas market (i.e. published in October),
While New York prefers to wait for the New Year when the book has more opportunity
To make the New York Times List. If there is a second book we will put it in a text
April and these days is always Sharp's novel. Paperback launch is
Usually in early summer (for the holiday market) it is lighter in color
Christmas sweater version – and so goes on. But the publishers are in
Business to make profits, so they love to get two books a year. They will have three
If they can.
CS: How do you deal with writing work?
BC: With un deserted pleasure. it is fun. Sit down every day and tell stories. Some
People will get killed to get this chance.
CS: What a typical typing day would look like for you, from waking up to turning around
Night, how can it be compared with a traditional 9-5 job?
BC: I start early – usually by 5 a.m., and work until 5 p.m., with breaks
Lunch, boring exercise, etc. But it's usually a full day. It is better than 9 to 5
Because I'm my boss so I can quit when I want to, and the dress code is
Not found and the navigation is awesome. I enjoy it, so there is no discipline involved,
I am not subscribed to the idea of "writer's block", or rather I subscribe to
The idea that today a nurse can call the hospital and be exempt from working on
The reasons for the "nurses block" is the day I start to suffer from the writer's block. I
Volunteered for this life, wanted it and I will not release it now that I was
I got you. Of course some days are easier than others, but my worst day is better than
Being humid in most professions.
CS: How long does it take you to write a prototype novel, including research and writing
And editing time?
BC: Research is a job that lasts a lifetime, so it's hard to keep in mind, but I think it's more than others
Books take 5 months from start to finish.
CS: Does your wife get involved in your writing and research trips or is she sick?
His death now?
BC: You love research trips. . Who wouldn't? Spain, Portugal and India. . a lot of
English countryside. Other than that do not get involved, but I do not think so
You'd survive as a writer without her. She has a busy time as a yoga teacher and
Hospice volunteered and did not want to participate in the writing that I have
To maintain this stress, solitary deputy.
CS: Your books are successful enough now to basically give you freedom
do what you want. Do you see yourself giving less time to write in the future?
BC: I would like to reduce it to three books within two years instead of two books per year – however
If this is going to happen I don't know. I took a vacation last year to sail the Atlantic, and
If I get more opportunities to wander around the blue waters, I take this opportunity. Not sure.
CS: In addition to the books you have already published, I imagine you have a lot
More in different stages or other achievement. Is this correct or is it treated?
One book at a time, search for it, write it, publish it, and move forward?
BC: One book at a time. . Although I usually look for others while I am
Writing, but this type of research is just deceptive and love to stick to the book
Writing – writing a book that focuses the mind so that the research is more
productive. Then you start another book and suddenly evidence of the proofs of the latter
You come and you have to get your attention away from what you write
And try to remember what you were thinking when you wrote the previous one.
CS: After the great success of the Sharpe series on British TV, do you have it
Any more novels being considered for TV series or movies?
BC: I think they were all chosen – but will anything really be done? I
I doubt it, and definitely don't lose sleep.
CS: Do you take vacations or find that your book has historical tours
Looking to give you enough travel?
BC .: Book and research trips offer a lot of travel – a lot, I think sometimes,
But we take vacations. Judy is unusually fond of the Far East so we try to go
There every two years, and I make a trip to England every season of rugby.
I would like to make a similar pilgrimage in cricket season, but it coincides with
The sailing season on the head and sailing wins every time.
CS: Tired of working at your desk, grabbing a notebook and hitting it
BC: No, never. Not sure what I would have done with a non-fly notebook swat. if you want
I'd better go to the port of the stage and speak the boats.
CS: Where is your favorite place in the Chatham Depression?
BC: Port of phase and adjacent waters. We have a topsail cutter gaff-forging, which
It looks much greater than it really is, but it's pretty cool
Shamefully slow and we spend a lot of time on board when we can. But there is no
The best place to relax.
CS: How do you celebrate the completion of the novel?
BC: I am not sure I am doing more than that, other than the general feeling of relief that has been modified by
It is believed that another one should start soon. I'll probably take an Irish
CS: I haven't seen much in your previous interviews about your sound production
Books, which I really love. Are you involved in production
Who are they?
BC: Not in the slightest.
CS: Why didn't you tell audiobooks yourself? I think actor Sean
Ben, who played Richard Sharp very dynamically on TV will also be in
BC .: Sean narrated some of that precedent, but I imagine his drawings have become too
Very steep for producers, or maybe not enjoy doing it. I've never asked
To do this, I'm not sure I want to.
CS: I have read that there may be a new production of Sharpe Book Series
Coming to the TV and you are one of the producers. Does this sound like it will
Happen or occur?
BC: It is as if they will be filming in India this winter, but it is not guaranteed.
Say 95% certain? I am definitely not a producer, nor do I want to be that. I
I know nothing about TV drama production and any responsible side intervention
To prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them
Get on with it.
CS: Do you like to live in Chatham?
BC: I love to live in Chatham. It is a great honor and lasting pleasure, and me
You don't want to live anywhere else, maybe not.
CS: Any plans to put a book here, somewhere in a rough place
Maritime history of Chatham? Monumoy rescuers had some pretty charismatic
Characters Of course, the British were in our ports in both wars.
BC: Maybe not, but it is dangerous that we never say. There are some great books
Really about Chatham – I love Rose Connors stories especially – but I prefer
He is famous for his imagination of military history and it would be wise to stick with that and leave Rose
Type a Chatham picture.