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Interview J.B. Bergstad

opics of conversation:

  • Marrying young without college education
  • Moving across country
  • Working in the entertaining American broadcasting Industry
  • Becoming a writer after retirement
  • The importance of getting an education

Bergstad includes trucker, firefighter, guest relations department supervisor for a major television network and 30 years of management and en entrepreneurial experience in the field of logistics among his career pursuits, After retirement Jim and his wife escaped to South Carolina  where they built a home and Jim begun his journey in becoming a writer. After five years of heaven, Jim was dragged kicking and screaming back to California to rejoin few of their kids.



Selmer Burks, insane with grief over the death of his only child child, Laura Lee, plots the murder of the infant that caused her death. Born of the seed of the rapist, Robert Hyde, the boy child must die, but the insanity that has affected his judgment, has at the same time, gifted his mind with a cunning clarity.
Plans to return the body of his daughter to Hyde’s Corner for burial factor into his murderous preparations. Burks recalls a secluded turnout at the bottom of a gentle swale in the road. It will be a perfect setting to carry out the carnage he has in mind. Doctor Herman Beaman will be sacrificed, Burks is reluctant, but nothing, not even the murder of his old friend, will deter him from cleansing his township and county of the last remnant of Hyde taint ... Hyde evil.
That same roadside turnout, however, proves a redemption for Burks. He is saved from making a disastrous mistake; one from which his wounded mind may never recover. The plaintive, piecing cry of the infant Burks has vowed to kill strikes a chord deep inside his scarred, ruined soul. He begs the doctor’s forgiveness for his insane attempt to harm him and Burks goes on to raise the child as his own. Burks comes to love the boy and develops a fierce need to protect and guide him. Burks is certain Hyde evil infects his domain and he plans to one day stand with his grandson and kill all those fouled with the heinous Hyde taint. Burks now knows he cannot finish the fight alone. He is convinced this reason and this reason alone is why God stayed his hand at the highway turnout that day long ago. 
A night of heated sex is the beginning of an illicit affair with the daughter of his best friend. As the May-December romance increases in intensity, so does the sheriff’s depression and guilt. After killing Junior Porter in self-defense, Burks finally comes clean with Tom about his forbidden affair with Sara Tassel. Tom has developed a crush on the beautiful young Madam. Hurt as only a young man can be by the rejection of the one he desires, Tom finally comes to the conclusion that his grandpa's affair is none of his concern. Tom remains loyal to his grandpa, but the days find Burks deteriorating at a rapid pace. On a fall day in October the rule of Selmer Carson Burks comes to it's inevitable, bloody end.

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