Today I am interviewing Steven Burgauer, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Grandfather Paradox: a time-travel story, as well as any number of historical fiction novels. He is perhaps best known for his book Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou, historical fiction set during World War II in the colorful river town of New Orleans
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DJ: Hey Steve! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
Could you tell us a little about yourself? I understand that you became an author later in life. What led you to make the unusual switch from successful investment broker and mutual fund manager to author?
Steve Burgauer: Hello, DJ. It is so nice to be invited to be part of your show. There is not a lot I can tell you about myself that is James-Bond-exciting. I am a life-long Boy Scout; I have two grown children; a wonderful wife of more than forty years; and I love to travel. The magic of modern medicine and the promise of clean-living has allowed me to enjoy a long and productive life. If a person is willing to take the necessary risks, there are enough years in a life today to enjoy more than one career. I felt that after twenty years of stock brokering that I had accumulated enough wherewithal to see me through to the end and yet, I had an unmet need to say something and to leave behind a written legacy. So I quit my job when I was about forty and took the plunge. Writing allows me to talk about some of humanity’s possible futures, one in which we might settle other planets or tame wildernesses far away, one in which we have to build entire new societies from scratch, exploring, harvesting asteroids, terraforming, corralling comets to bring cold water to hot places like Venus. Likewise, I still enjoy learning about past events, reading biographies and learning about often unsung heroes who have made a difference to our way of life. Continue reading