Welcome to the 500 Realms, a place where men and women dress their finest, airships buzz overhead like giant bees, the smell of oil fills the air, and everyone can hear the clattering of cogs or the clicking of clockwork. A place where shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, any country with enough power and wealth could colonize any Earth-like planet , thanks to humanity’s greatest technological innovation: The Realm Gates.
Wendy Braca, a teen with a troubled past finds herself falsely accused of murder, and sent to live at Greenleaf Asylum for Troubled Girls—a place that would forever change her life.
Enter the world of The Guild Assassins. A violent and secretive world comprised of super humans known as Mage, who possess powers that enable them to control speed, as well as the power to control beasts with their thoughts. The Curse Breaker, the most powerful of all Mages alone has the ability to become immune to any disease or poison, and absorb another Mage’s magic. She dies only to return in another form just as powerful as the last. Enchanted by the world of The Assassin Guilds, Wendy accepts their training, and discovers that her life has a purpose—if not mindful of her actions, she could end up a cold-blooded killer. Although her journey is not quite clear, her main purpose is certain: To find and settle a score with a dangerous killer.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I decided to make a trailer because both my publisher and my agent recommeneded I do. So I looked online and read a couple of ‘how to create a book trailer’ blogs and followed the best/easiest advice they had. It was quite an experience. The video itself lasts 1 minute but getting the freeuse images and finding the freeuse music to go with it along with putting the trailer together in Windows Media Player took a little over 5 hours. So far I’ve gotten pretty good reactions from it, so it was worth the time.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Short answer: Steampunk. Long answer, I’ve always wanted to write a (for lack of a better word) “Steam Opera” which would be a grand homage anything and everything I love about Steampunk. The music, the books, the fans, the sub culture, the movies and the aesthetic in gerneral. Medium answer: I want to do, or try to do for Steampunk what George Lucas did for Star Wars.
Berley Elston Gordon Kerr III first answered the call to write while he was in his high school creative writing class. What he had originally hoped would turn into a career developing stories for role playing games evolved into a love of writing science fiction and fantasy novels as well as short stories. After spending over ten years writing novels and collecting rejection letters.
Berley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from California State University, Northridge and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not reading or writing, he’s either at the movies,at the beach, at some local comic book store or somewhere in Southern California hanging out with his friends.