How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby: The Max Brown Tetralogy #1
Official Site of Award Winning
Author Michael Bernhart
How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive: The Max Brown Tetralogy #3
How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: The Max Brown Tetralogy #4
In the Press
“I read How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby by Michael Bernhart with great initial intensity and then, as I kept reading, with increasing self-loathing, for I became surer, with every page, that I would never write a book as lovely, as true, or as pure, as this. I have stopped writing, now. I will never publish again. What is the point?”
- Karl Taro Greenfield, author of The Subprimes and Triburbia
“I WILL ruin you if you put my name on this doddering smut. Don’t fucking test me.”
- Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot
“I always felt Dr. Bernhart was too good-looking to write something this brilliant.”
- Michael Fitzgerald, CEO of Submittable and author of Radiant Days
"How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby is a sharp, witty debut from a deeply talented and engaging humorist.
"A funny and engaging voice,"
- Self-Publishing Review
Dr. (why not use it?) Bernhart started this project before the internet could serve up virtual experiences to authors. The contextual information and situations come from service as a pilot in the USAF, living in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and inexplicable success at snaring women well out of his league. These remarkable similarities with the main character noted, he insists the work is not autobiographical. It’s wish fulfillment.
Bernhart currently lives in a yurt on a mountaintop in northern Georgia with one ex-wife, two daughters, and three cats. He still flies his vintage plane, although more cautiously than before, and he’s unshakeable in his conviction that he’s God’s Gift to Aviation. He keeps a shotgun, not a pistol for home defense (read the books; you’ll see why).
Michael Bernhart is an award winning author (none of the awards for writing – alas – but it's still early days) who has published extensively on international development and public health – primarily service quality. His credentials for this written outpouring are a PhD (from MIT!) and four decades of international work – currently 50 countries and counting.
The journey from writing funding proposals to pure fiction was a short one. The result is the Max Brown tetralogy which traces the arc (from age 10 through 66) of a man who earnestly tries to avoid trouble, but whose behavior – or events – repeatedly drops him into it. Each of the four novels finds Max fighting bad guys and struggling with a new existential crisis – or crises – as he grows up in these trying times. Manhood used to be a birthright; now it seems to be an unending series of challenges.
People get married. Children are born. They grow up and get married themselves. Some people die. A minor star system snuffs out.
Generally a slow day in the news.
How I made $3,200,000 from My Hobby is released after years (1987 - 2016) of incubation. Muted celebrations herald the announcement.
A place holder on the page. Something has to break pretty soon.
About the same
Something should happen soon
goes live. Publishers and critics around the country stiffen to inattention at the news.
And it does! A new book
How Ornithology Saved My Life is released.
Holy cow! Another book
How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive hits the shelves.
You have to be kidding. Another book?
How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right is released.
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