Steven Berryman

steven_berrymanIntroducing.... myself. Author of this book.

What to say? After all, the interesting bit is the story of The Awakening of Tertius. I mean that's really why you're here isn't it?

So, I live with my wife Christiane on an island in Greece. I write. Sometimes I create paintings and sculpture. That's it really. Oh yes, sometimes in the summer I go to the beach. There you are. My life!


Would that it could be that simple. But if it were then I probably wouldn't have the drive to do all the writing. The Awakening of Tertius is my first completed novel, following on the back of short stories and several part completed works that could yet reach a conclusion and find their way out into the world.

I grew up in the far West of England with my imagination fired by a steady diet of Robert A Heinlein and Tolkien novels. In fact I lived just a few kilometres from Jonathan's 'home' in the book. I studied Art at college and worked for many years in the English Midlands doing Book Illustration, Graphic Design and Copyrighting before settling in Greece sometime late in the last century.

Illustrator? Sculptor? Writer? To be honest in many ways I see all three as simply different manifestations of the same process. Although having said that, I never feel alone when I am writing; I always have the characters in the book for company, even if they don't always do as I expect or ask them to. Frequently whilst writing this novel I found different characters turning and twisting the events I had in mind and skewing the story off into new directions. Sometimes I made an executive decision and pulled them back on line. Often I let them run and more than one plot twist developed like this. At least one such twist completely surprised even me... I mean I had no idea what that character had been up to until the words appeared on the page. So, who is in control? The writer or the characters?

I love the speculative world that gets categorized as 'Fantasy', where I can explore and push ideas beyond expected boundaries. It's in those boundaries between the known and the unknown where the many of the most interesting things occur.

Writing. It is a fascinating process.

More of Tertius?

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I've already been asked about what happens to the protagonists of this book after the end of this story. Not so much the human characters, although some of them will undoubtedly have interesting chapters to recount in the future.
What I'd really like to know is just how the citizens of Tertius itself will fare. The growing pains of any new nation can be difficult enough without the added complications of the unique status of Tertius.
Will they achieve Elliot and Steve's dream of Utopia? Perhaps Julianus will lead a coup d'etat. Or maybe the State of California will attempt to annex the New World. And what of Electra?

To be honest. Right now, I don't know the answers to any of that. But I'd like to and there's only one way I'm going to find out.