To tell you the truth, for me, there is no hard part of being an author. I write because I like to create stories. And there is no compulsion for me to write, since I do this for my own enjoyment.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
It’s a collection of 20 short stories I originally created for my own children and grandchildren, with clever and magical animals as the stars of the tales.
What inspired you to write this book?
As I explain in the introduction to my book, I was a story teller first—long, long before I became an author. After many years of telling the stories to an appreciative audience, I finally took the time to put pen to paper (or fingertips to my keyboard). Shortly after my wife and I retired and began to spend our winters in Florida, one of our daughters suggested I write down some stories so that other children could enjoy them too.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I do not write every day. When I begin a story, it doesn't take me very long to complete it. In two or three days it is finished, writing five or six hours per day. Weeks can go by, even months, before I feel the urge to create another story. I go in spurts. After a long interval I'll begin to write and continue doing so for a few weeks.
Name your top five favorite books.
In my teen years I loved The Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas, and the Edgar Rice Burroughs series, John Carter of Mars. As an adult, it’s three books by Ken Follett: Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and The Eye of the Needle.
What are you working on now?
Two exciting projects. First, my Martian series. It’s about kids who travel to Mars and have wonderful adventures there. And with the second project, I’m creating situations where characters in one story meet characters in another story and have exciting adventures together.
Title: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories
Author: Bernard Ditchik
Genre: Children’s Books
These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep. Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these eighteen entertaining stories feature lots of talking animals, including a kangaroo who teaches a pony how to jump, a little bear who wants to play baseball, a coyote who learns to fly, a magic balloon that takes a little girl all the way to Japan and back, and some resourceful ants who build a swimming pool so they can play as well as work. It’s full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to various challenges. A lovely read-aloud adventure the whole family will enjoy!
I didn’t begin my career as an author by writing stories. First, I was a storyteller. Let me explain. Many years ago, when our children were very young, I would sit on their beds at bedtime and tell them a story. Instead of reading a story written by someone else, I preferred to make up my own story right on the spot. They were stories about animals who learned to fly, children who talked to birds, alligators who were friends with elephants, and even one about a horse that learned to jump like a kangaroo. Our children loved them. So I made up lot of stories. Then there was a long period of time when there was no one who wanted to listen to my stories because they had all grown up!
But then, something wonderful happened. We had our first grandchild—and I became Grandpa Bernie. One day, one of my daughters said, “Dad, you have so many stories. I think other children would like to hear them.” That’s when I became an author.
At the age of 93, I am still playing tennis (doubles only) five times a week in a 60+ league. I have been married 64 years to my wonderful wife, Faigie, had three children, and five grandchildren. I continue to sit in my favorite chair, with a large pad on my lap, and a pen in my hand, lean back, and let my imagination soar.
Red Sky Presents Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories