On Friday, September 16, a crowd gathered at the Shire Bookstore in Eddyville to celebrate the launch of local author Michael Bergman’s novel ‘Into the Hollow’, which is the first in his planned ‘The Fallen Kingdom’ series. .
Bergman also shared the story behind it, read the script, and offered writing advice to all the hopefuls in the crowd.
Shire owner Anna Tobey said she was honored to be able to support Bergman and other local authors. “I want to encourage people to read more,” she shared with the crowd, “and it’s awesome – what an honor to support a local author.” Tobey added that the store also hosted another Kentucky author last week, Jayne Moore Waldrop, who talked about her book, “Drowned Town.”
“In a million years, I never would have thought that our little bookstore here in Lyon County would support not only authors who have been authors, but authors in the making, and I hope that’s not not the last time,” she said.
When Bergman took the stage, he immediately told the crowd that he was not a fan of public speaking.
“I’m an author,” he began, “(a) writer, so this is really bad for me. I don’t like to talk at all.
Bergman thanked the crowd for coming. It included his wife and daughters, his mother, other family members, friends and members of the local community.
“It means a lot to me,” he said.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve been a little weird,” Bergman said, “a little different. I liked playing alone, I liked reading books more than anything, building Legos, that kind of stuff, and my imagination has always been at 11. I always see things and I put different things together, and I just see a deeper meaning in a lot of things. And that carried over into adulthood.
He also took the time to thank his wife for her support.
“As a writer, as a creative person,” he said, “most of the time you feel terrible, you can’t write, ‘Nobody’s going to read this,’ and she helped a lot through this. ”
Bergman self-published the first two books in the series in 2016, but they didn’t have much success, and looking back, he found several changes he wanted to make. So he did.
“I followed this dream that I truly believe God gave me, and I’ve been chasing it for 10 years,” he shared. “This story, really the whole world that I’ve been working on for 10 years.”
To prove how long he’s been in love with writing, Bergman recalled a story where he was kicked out of a kindergarten writing contest because they thought he was too talented. He had it checked by his mother in case anyone didn’t believe him.
Tobey had asked Bergman to share some of his writing tips with the crowd in case any hopeful writers showed up.
“I’m no expert,” he prefaced, “but this is what works for me.”
His advice included lots of coffee and waking up early in the morning, setting goals – even small ones, setting deadlines, and treating writing like a job. Because if you treat it like a hobby, it will never be that much.
Bergman has plans for a book tentatively titled “The War We’re In,” which will be a call for Christians to wake up to today’s culture. He also plans for “The Fallen Kingdom” series to span 10 books, one per year.
According to Bergman, the message of “Into the Hollow” is simple.
“It’s a matter of hope,” he said. “It’s about how far a man can go in the depths of darkness and still have hope. And what hope really means. And have hope outside of yourself.
“Into the Hollow” can be purchased online at amazon.com.