Author Archives: Steve LeBel

The Howlers

In Bernie and the Lost Girl, there is a scene where the children run into a group of giant apes who howl at them. This is the photo that inspired that scene.  They’re called Howler Monkeys and are native to … Continue reading

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The Putty

When Bernie left the universe building putty on the planet, strange things began to happen. The putty, being an essence of creative energy, ‘reached out’ in an attempt to ‘become’ something.  It was pure creation looking for substance.  It wanted … Continue reading

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The Monster Storms

In Bernie and the Putty, Billy created monster storms that ravaged Bernie’s world.  The raw power he put into these powerful storms caused them to set fire to everything that would burn. This is the picture that inspired my description … Continue reading

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What Does Bernie’s Dad Look Like?

What about Bernie’s dad, the Great Simeon? He was a challenge.  Simeon is a world re-known universe builder who won an unprecedented THREE Universe Awards.  Unfortunately, the fame went to his head and he left his family behind in his … Continue reading

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What Does Lenny Look Like?

When I work on characters, I try to visualize them.  I need to be able to describe the way they look, their background, their history and more.  To do that, I look through pictures until I find one that ‘speaks’ … Continue reading

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The Lookies

People often ask me where I got the idea for the ‘tiny eyes’ that watched Bernie in the opening chapter of Bernie and the Putty.  They turned out to be one of the most popular elements in the story. Originally, … Continue reading

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How many books are there?

I just saw this on Amazon.  It’s hard to believe there are so many books out there.  And these are just the ones on Amazon. It gives some perspective to the idea of how hard it is to promote a … Continue reading

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Beta Readers Wanted (book #3)

I’m seeking beta readers for my new book.  The working title is The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards. The plot takes up where Bernie and the Putty left off.  You will recall that Bernie has a new job with … Continue reading

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Day at Whitehall Middle School

What a fun day I had. John Mierz, a teacher at the Whitehall Middle School, and I met at the Barnes & Noble book signing on November 6th.  The students there are preparing for a big writing assignment that will … Continue reading

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Barnes & Noble Mega-Signing

On November 6th from 6-9 PM, the Muskegon Barnes & Noble will be hosting a mega-event in which FIFTY Michigan authors have been invited to present their books. Come and meet the authors.  They represent every genre you can think … Continue reading

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