Bruce A. Sarte

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About Me:

Bruce lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and four children. In addition to writing, he enjoys baseball, playing guitar, reading, church, cooking and being a dad.

Bruce grew up at the Jersey Shore (the picture is at Point Pleasant Beach, where Sands of Time is set) and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, NJ where he first became enthralled with reading and writing. From his early influences Bruce was introduced to and fell in love with Shakespeare, Marlow, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Bruce is currently under contract with Bucks County Publishing and has published the vampire thriller Sands of Time, the paranormal murder mystery Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509, has a story in the horror anthology Bump in the Night 2010 plus the Kindle only offerings -- the historical mystery of Sweet Nessie, the story of how God selected The Star of Christmas and the top selling short-story Best Friends Forever about two friends who have been kidnapped by a secretive cult.

In addition to his books, Bruce has written for The Bleacher Report, The Father Life, Associated Content, City Paper (Philadelphia) and The Examiner.

Some of Bruce's favorite things...

Current Authors: Idefonso Falcones, Robert Crais, Jim Butcher, James Patterson, Douglas Adams, Michael Crichton, Vince Flynn
TV: TrueBlood, House, Bones, Eureka, Psych, Men of a Certain Age
Music: The Outfield, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Kenny Chesney, Katie Melua, Montgomery Gentry
Sports: Baseball (Yankees, Royals, Phillies), Football (Steelers, Eagles)
Hobbies: Music, Guitar, Baseball, Faith and Family.

Follow Bruce on any one (or more) of his Social Media web sites on the left!  He most active on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.

Currently Available Titles:
Towering Pines Volume One: Room 509 (Print | Kindle | Nook | Apple iPad)
Sands of Time (Print | Kindle | Nook | Apple iPad)
Bump in the Night 2010 (Print | Kindle | Nook | Apple iPad)
Best Friends Forever (Kindle | Nook | Apple iPad)
The Star of Christmas (Kindle | Nook)
Sweet Nessie (eBook | Kindle | Apple iPad)
How to Read the Bible (Kindle)

Interview

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

I am a technology professional by day and writer/publisher by night.  Very much like a b-list super hero. When it comes down to it all, I enjoy spending time with my family more than anything else. When I'm writing, I always put character development first… I think that if a reader can identify with a character and become invested in that character they will enjoy the ride through the book that much more.  When I'm creating the characters, I tap into the things that I feel and consider with my family and inject them into that character or moment.  I think it adds some solid drama and authenticity to the characters.

 

Describe your book ‘Sands Of Time’ in 30 words or less. 

 

Sands of Time is a reclamation journey of one man.  It is as much about his family as it is about saving himself and his eternal soul.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

The hardest part of the process for me — for any book — is devoting the time.  My writing process is very singularly focused.  My mind is in that scene… or in that character at that moment and when the fingers are flying across the keyboard any interruption puts that moment... That scene… that emotion in jeopardy.  When I get distracted mid-though, it takes me a few moments to refocus and get back into that zone I was in to try and keep the flow and consistency in that scene.

 

What books have had the greatest influence on you?

 

My biggest influences come from a combination of Hamlet by Shakespeare, Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Elvis Cole novels by Robert Crais.

 

Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

 

Marketing is a tricky thing and sites like Freado are incredible resources for authors and publishers to reach potential readers with new and innovative tools to make people consider your book.  I have a web site, a presence on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads and  other social media outlets.  I have done radio interviews, taught classes on writing and other personal appearances.  I've found that a good conversation with a reader at a signing goes further that anything you can do online to gain a fan — not just a reader but a fan.  A reader buys one book... A fan waits for that next book.

 

How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

 

I'm a pretty busy guy.  I run Bucks County Publishing, concentrate on my writing, spend time with my wife and children, play and teach guitar.

 

What are you working on next?

 

I have two irons in the fire currently.  I'm working on the sequel to Sands of Time entitled To Hell and Back.  And I'm also working on a hard-boiled detective novel,  A Philadelphia Story that is due out late summer/early fall this year.

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