Bernie is an Iowa farm girl transplanted to Raleigh, North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, reading, or watching British series like Father Brown, she sews. Recent creations include chef's hats for her adored granddaughters, ages almost four, and seven. Her husband Ken hikes the greenways taking nature photographs. When Covid becomes just a bad memory, they again will enjoy travel both in the states and abroad. They will eat dinner out, attend local writer events, and enjoy the variety of theater and music the Triangle offers, especially anything that includes tunes from the fifties and sixties.
Bernie’s Iowa childhood, her travels in the States and Europe, and her contemporary life in Raleigh influence her short stories and essays. She isn’t sure where the urge to write ghost stories comes from. Their source is a mystery. Very recently one of Bernie’s dreams came true when she was offered a publishing contract from Moonshine Cove Publishing for her debut novel, I Never Told You. A collection of her short stories is in the works at Devil's Party Press to be released September 2022.
Bernie has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another one appeared in an anthology of contest winners by Grateful Steps Publishing. She is a writer-in-residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and The Author's Guild.