Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interview with Mary Metcalfe, author of 'Winds of Change'



Mary MetcalfeABOUT MARY METCALFE

Mary lives and breathes writing and editing. When not working as a writer/editor in her day job, she’s editing novels and manuscripts or working on one of her novels. With Winds of Change as her debut in women’s fiction, New Beginningswill follow this fall with a strong suspense angle. Road to Tomorrow comes up next and continues her small-town series featuring a cast of warm and not-so-warm characters.
“I’ve always read that you should write about what you know. And in a very real sense, I am withWinds of Change. While I did extensive research on Boston, sailing and plant varieties, the ‘what I know’ part came from my heart. Readers will see a theme in my novels – disparate people being brought together and blending to build a new family.”
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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Mary.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Hi! Thank you for inviting me to join you today. I’ve been a professional writer all my working life. My first degree is in Journalism but I’ve used it in many different ways – freelancing magazine articles and authoring hundreds of analytical reports that cover a wide range of issues and topics. Until recently, I was the editor of a monthly technical newsletter related to law enforcement. Prior to that, I developed a family and caregiver guide for people living with Schizophrenia. I’ve written about many issues, including aging, disability, seniors, active living and child well-being. I love to write about current social issues.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: Winds of Change came about as a direct result of my daughter having her first non-fiction book published commercially in 2009. When I held her book in my hands it awakened a deeply-rooted “need” to write a novel. I had been thinking about it for years but in 2009 I became very motivated, as you can imagine. I had seen all the work and research my daughter did for her non-fiction work and knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But, things that are worth doing never are.

I wanted to write about a woman my age facing a very uncertain future after the death of her husband and only child in a plane crash. Writing Winds of Change allowed me to explore some of the issues surrounding loss and how people move forward with their lives in the face of such a catastrophic change. At the same time, I explored another loss – the loss of a parent to Alzheimer’s.

The book is set five years after Jennifer loses her husband and daughter and as her father’s Alzheimer’s is slowly taking him away. She isn’t even thinking about dating when she meets Ben Powell, who is the father of one of her social work clients (don’t worry, the conflict of interest is properly resolved). As she gets to know him and sees him dealing with PTSD following many years covering war and conflict, she realizes there is room in her heart for new love.

As one reviewer wrote, “this is a love knot waiting to be tied.” And it really is. There are two couples, one older and one younger and a feisty little boy who is hoping for a father and grandparents who live nearby. I won’t add any spoilers, but another reviewer warned readers to have a box of tissues handy. It had that effect on me a couple of times but I have to say that, overall, this book is very uplifting and inspiring. I believe in strong characters who find their happy ever after.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: After a few false starts, I realized that the novel needed to be very character driven. In the early days, I was trying to force-fit the characters into a very structured plot. After reading Stephen King: On Writing, I agreed with him that life doesn’t follow a script and neither should novels. Once I threw the script (plot outline) away and started letting my characters act and interact on the basis of their principles and values, the manuscript gained a life of its own.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: I do have a media kit that includes a short author biography, a head and shoulders photo, a news release, book cover shots and a professionally-produced book trailer. The kit is in the Media Room at www.lakefrontmuse.ca.

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: On October 6, I joined Starla Faye at TwoTalkBooks, a 50-minute radio show out of Los Angeles. In the coming months, I will be seeking out radio interviews and local television interviews. The Circle of Seven Productions book trailer distribution is meant to help that along. I’m hoping that as the book gains traction I can do signings in brick and mortar bookstores as well.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/she is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I do not have an agent. With the current upheaval in the publishing industry, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an agent who is willing to take a chance on a debut author. I tried numerous times to attract an agent and then decided that there were better ways to spend my time and theirs.

I have a long and successful track record in strategic communications planning, media relations and public relations, which I am applying to my novel promotions. These days, I believe authors need to create their author platform and demonstrate that they can get behind their books and put them in front of readers. Then, if an agent does become interested, she or he is no longer dealing with an unknown entity. There is proof that, not only is the book a good read, but the author behind it is capable of and committed to finding readers for it.

Q: Did you prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: I did plan a media blitz, which is now in full motion. During the planning phase, I contacted the blog tour company PumpUpYourBooks.com to arrange a month-long blog tour, of which this stop is one. At the same time, I launched an initial review sweep through Jason Rutherford, of AskThePublishingGuru.com and sent out about a dozen review copies based on direct requests. I also contracted with Circle of Seven Productions to produce and distribute a 42-second book trailer, which I storyboarded. I have crafted three news releases based on the target audience and will have launched them to selected media in mid- to late October.

My strategy is to build buzz and traction for Winds of Change over a period of 3-6 months, with the next two novels in the series following right behind as the books gain readers.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Two more books in the Look to the Future series are completed. New Beginnings is in the Kindle Direct Program on Amazon, with the paper back version being distributed by Ingram to major retailers around the world. Road to Tomorrow is currently going into layout for Kindle and paper back. All three books were professionally edited. In fact, for New Beginnings I had two paid professional editors!
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Mary.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A:
Thanks so much for this interview. I enjoyed your questions very much!

Twitter: @MetcalfeMary

Mary’s ebook is available at:


Mary’s print edition is available at Amazon; Barnes&Noble and Chapters/Indigo

Winds of Change FC 2nd EdABOUT WINDS OF CHANGE

After losing her husband and daughter in a plane crash, Boston social worker Jennifer Barrett is rebuilding her life. Finding solace in her work, Jennifer helps young client Mark Powell find work at the seniors’ residence where her father lives. After learning Mark hasn’t seen his father, an internationally-known broadcast journalist, in over four years, she can’t understand how a father could abandon his only son to chase war stories.
When Jennifer meets Ben Powell, she is prepared to dislike him, despite his charm and affable manner. But, when he reveals he’s been battling post-traumatic stress disorder, she realizes he didn’t want to bring his demons home to Mark, who has suffered from clinical depression. As Jennifer gets to know Ben, she realizes there may be room in her heart for laughter and new love.
Lana Fitzpatrick, a close friend of Jennifer’s and a young nurse helping care for Jennifer’s father, is also a widow, raising her young son Danny alone. As Lana gets to know her handsome co-worker, Mark Powell, and sees him bonding with Danny, she finds her heart swelling with love.
As new family bonds form, all discover the power of friendship and love to overcome loss so they can face life with renewed hope.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Interview with Lillian Melendez, author of 'Dismantling Vindictiveness'



ABOUT LILLIAN MELENDEZ

Lillian R. Melendez received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in South Orange, NJ.
Author’s websitehttp://lillianrmelendez.com
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Q: Thank you for this interview, Lillian. Can you tell us what your latest book, Dismantling Vindictiveness, is all about?

A: Christopher Parker is finding it hard to believe that his architect firm is being affected by the recession. His firm’s overall budget is decreasing in a rapid pace, employees are complaining that their funds are being tampered with, and the unforeseen attacks on top employees outside of his firm and murder, has Christopher’s heart racing.

Witnessing his own company’s downward spiral, Christopher holds suspicions, but does not accurately know who is responsible for the sabotage. Through newspaper articles published by the Disclosure Daily Tribune, he is getting closer and closer to the suspect. At the same time, Christopher’s health is declining and he is trying to make peace with those he hurt in the past.



Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

A: Christopher Parker is a CEO of an architect firm. He was once a selfish individual and now tries to correct his behavior as his conscious burdens him. Several supporting characters despises him and finds themselves making a choice on whether to help Christopher or let him drown in his misery.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

A: Art reflects life. My characters are created from my imagination, but their personalities are based on actual people in this world.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

A: I have a good sense of what the plot will be before I write. Several aspect on the plot changes as I write. The idea becomes more concrete in my mind as I outline.

Q: Your book is set in Philadelphia, PA.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

A: Philadelphia is known for the saying “brotherly love.” I chose this setting to remind readers how we must care for each other. We can empower ourselves by forgiving others who have wronged us.  We cannot give them power by our anger and frustration for their corrupt ways. Brotherly love is a symbol of how forgiveness can be the best medicine.  People who commit wrongful actions will deal with the consequences sooner or later.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

A: The setting plays an important part, because of the state and its popular symbol. There are also architect firms in Philadelphia, which architecture is the occupation among several of the characters.

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

A: Carla goes into George’s shoe repair shop and tells him the killer may attack his brother next.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

CHAPTER 7

“My past, which is the past by the way, does not affect
what is occurring today,” Christopher said slowly and in a
deeper tone of voice.

“All right, let's put the past aside, forget I even mentioned
it. What if someone could be using this recessionary period to
mess with your budget and employees’ funds? They can just
say that the recession is what's making you lose money.”

“Sorry to interrupt you two,” Oscar injected.

“But do you mean to suggest that his architect firm is not being adversely affected by the recession but by someone inside his own firm messing with his business?”

“Through sources connected with journalists working here,
I've come to believe that something else than the recession is
happening,” Samuel replied, and then looked at Christopher.

“What’s going on?” Christopher asked.

“That’s all I know for now. The paper explains it; it is better
read than said,” Samuel responded.

“So you know nothing!” Christopher's voice rose slightly,
and he started to breathe in and out.

“Did you come here for information or to tell me to do my
job your way?” Samuel said calmly.

“I came to tell you to stop the nonsense, which is ruining
my reputation.”

Samuel collected several papers in his hands from his
cluttered desk.

“I think that is all I have to say to you. Just like you, I have
to get back to work.”
“Well, I cannot stop you from writing what you hope to
find, but a lot of parts in your articles are false.”

Christopher again started to breathe in and out so deeply
that Samuel looked at him with concern.

“Are you alright?”

“Does it look like I’m alright?” Christopher said in
frustration.

“Why be in denial, just read and keep an open mind,”
Samuel said.

“Sounds reasonable,” Oscar said as he turned his head to
Christopher.

“My health is perfect; just fine,” Christopher said.
He calmed his breathing and lowered his voice. He turned
towards the door.

“Mr. Parker,” Samuel said.

Christopher turned back, and stood by the door.

“Yes,” Christopher said in a low voice.

“Just don’t stand in your own way,” Samuel said...



Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Lillian.  We wish you much success!

A: Thank you for choosing to do an interview with me. I hope readers enjoy Dismantling Vindictiveness.

DISMANTLING VINDICTIVENESSABOUT DISMANTLING VINDICTIVENESS

Christopher Parker is finding it hard to believe that his architect firm is being affected by the recession. His firm’s overall budget is decreasing in a rapid pace, employees are complaining that their funds are being tampered with, and the unforeseen attacks on top employees outside of his firm and murder, has Christopher’s heart racing.
Witnessing his own company’s downward spiral, Christopher holds suspicions, but does not accurately know who is responsible for the sabotage. Through newspaper articles published by the Disclosure Daily Tribune, he is getting closer and closer to the suspect. At the same time, Christopher’s health is declining and he is trying to make peace with those he hurt in the past before it’s too late. To his surprise, help comes from the unlikeliest of sources.

Interview with Catherine Doughty, author of 'Breast Cancer? You're Kidding...Right?"



cdoughtyimage (3)ABOUT CATHERINE DOUGHTY

Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI is an award winning author who lives with her two children in Bellaire, Texas. Her career as Director for a Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging is enhanced by the fact that she is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She serves as an adjunct associate professor for three universities and holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics earned at the University of Texas.
She is available for interviews, media appearances, radio interviews, book signings, and speaking engagements. If you would like a review copy of the book or additional information on the secrets of scientific methodology or would like to meet the physicians that endorsed this award winning book, please visit her website at http://www.thecancercat.com.
In order to contact the author directly, send an e-mail to cldoughty@yahoo.com or telephone at 832-545-6239.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Yes, I am a Director in a Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging in one of the largest health science center’s in the world as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an award winning author.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: The book, Breast Cancer!  You’re kidding…right?  Living Life Through The Prism Of Uncertainty And Having A Good Time, is a lifesaving strategy that utilizes scientific methodology for individuals who are dealing with uncertainty from a breast cancer diagnosis.  It is for anyone with any stage of breast cancer who needs to make life threatening and lifesaving decisions in uncertain decision spaces that require tools, criteria solution matrices, discussion documents and how to implement them.  I’ve integrated my personal story throughout the book and how I used the methodology to save my own life.

I designed the book with the principles and elements for success, in response to the emergency requests I received from all the cancer patients whom I voluntarily coached.  So often, they had been crying for days and weeks at a time, many were terrified, and they all had the same question, “Where do I begin to unravel this, and where do I start?”  Hence, the birth of the book, which is loaded with thought provoking strategy to assist anyone with any stage of breast cancer emerge stunning, and get their life back in control while learning how to make decisions in an uncertain decision space and live their life through the prism of uncertainty.  The fascination lies in the simplicity and pure scientific methodology used to provide a complete step by step guide inclusive of treatment scenario planning which is critical to a successful outcome.


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

Honestly, I didn’t have any significant challenges that I faced writing the book.   I did it in response to all of the emergency requests that kept coming to me from cancer patients and their families.  The biggest challenge I faced was designing the front and back covers of the book that would support the books content which is superior, sexy and stunning and one that would go down in history as the most mesmerizing book ever written on the subject. 

Breast Cancer!  You’re kidding…right? Living Life Through The Prism Of Uncertainty is literally pulling the curtain back and getting the word out there that there is a clear cut strategy for anyone with any stage of breast cancer needing treatment planning that is on the merits and works with life threatening and lifesaving clinical decision making in uncertain decision spaces to minimize the risk for cancer recurrence.

Ensuring that the book provided perspective and a practical method for selecting an appropriate treatment plan and one that would capture the reader from beginning to end, and make them want to live their life through the prism of uncertainty and have one rocking hot good time. It had to be an adrenaline thrill ride from start to finish, that you cannot put down. 


Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: In my press kit, I have my Biography, a Lead Sheet that is a Synopsis of the book, and a recent press release.  My press kit does not appear online.

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A:  Yes, I am asked to guest lecture frequently for Women’s Groups, Breast Cancer Support Groups, Philanthropy Groups, Medical Schools.  I will be doing three radio interviews during the Fall of 2012 and the Winter of 2013.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A:  I do not have an agent at this time.  I have managed all of my tours, and interviews personally with mobile devices.  I do see the advantage of an agent and would welcome the perfect one to handle my bookings and arrangements.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  My publisher is Three Arrow Publishing, a small publishing company that deals with the genre of Women’s Health did all of the media blitz and press releases.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  Yes, I have one in the works right now that will be ready in 2014.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: The book is available worldwide, including Amazon.com, both paperback and Kindle versions at http://www.amazon.com/Breast-Cancer-Kidding-Through-Uncertainty/dp/0615498590/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333143496&sr=1-1
Barnes and Noble, and through your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore or through my website at
http://www.thecancercat.com.

Breast CancerABOUT BREAST CANCER! YOU’RE KIDDING…RIGHT?

New Award Winning Book Reveals The Secret to Defeating The Second Leading Cause of Death in Women!
When the award winning author, Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she felt stunned and alone. What gave her the comprehensive strength and strategy to become cancer free and look stunning is revealed in her new award winning book, Breast Cancer! You’re kidding…right? Living Life Through The Prism of Uncertainty And Having A Good Time!
Catherine Doughty, MS, CCHI, a breast cancer survivor herself has secured significant physician endorsements and laudatory applause for her valuable and informative brand new award winning book. “Physicians and patients state, their speechless, this book is incredible, a must-read and life line for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer! If the title and front cover of the book doesn’t grab you, the back cover and content will demand that it be read.” The book is honest, authentic and loaded with mind blowing, thought provoking strategy to assist anyone with any stage of breast cancer emerge cancer free, look stunning naked, and get their life back in control while learning how to make decisions in an uncertain decision space.
According to Doughty, it is the simplicity – no scholarly science, just pure scientific
methodology and remarkable craftsmanship. It started with the most shocking news anyone could ever hear, “You have cancer!” Once the disbelief wore off, the questions started to surface, “Where does a person start to unravel this mystery?” “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had two small children ages six and nine. Clearly, there was a lot at stake, so I did what most patients do, I searched for information about the experiences of others and found nothing on treatment strategy or where to begin when a patient falls into the cosmic cancer bunny hole. There wasn’t one comprehensive resource for a patient that provided educational clinical strategy to overcome and beat this disease,” said Doughty.
“The goal in the book, Breast Cancer! You’re kidding…right? is to give patients a step by step approach utilizing scientific methodology to strategize their treatment plan and minimize the risk of recurrence, utilizing decision matrices, discussion documents, clinical consultation worksheets, and the importance of recording all pieces of information gathered from their physician consultations.” Doughty prepares one of the most dramatic revealing books for anyone dealing with this dreaded disease and expertly designs it to make the reader pause and reflect on their brilliance and ability to defeat this disease with a proven strategy.
You will be on the edge of your seat with every single word in this book. It captures it’s readers from beginning to end, and makes them want to live their life through the prism of uncertainty and have one rockin’ hot good time. This is a must-read and an adrenaline thrill ride from start to finish, that you cannot put down.

The Writer's Life Chats With Hank Quense Author of the Fantasy Novel Falstaff's Big Gamble




Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories.  On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun.  A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news.


Welcome to The Writer's Life, Hank.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
 
A: When I was 50, I decided I needed to decide what to do for a second career since it was only a matter of time until my corporation told me to take a hike.  I decided I wanted to write fiction.  I began writing stories, mostly on the bus during my morning commute.  A few of my early stories received encouraging rejections, so when the corporation offered a lucrative buyout offer, I took it and I’ve never regretted it.  That was in early 1996 and I’ve been writing ever since.  Altogether, I have a dozen books published, over fifty published short stories and a number of non-fiction articles, all on fiction writing.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: I love rewriting Shakespeare's plays and ancient myths and legends.  Falstaff's Big Gamble happens to take that love of rewriting to extremes.  Here is the 'official' book blurb:
This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. It takes two of the Bard's most famous characters, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland.  There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf. If that isn't bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus.
Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello.  After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind the throne.

Never read Shakespeare?  Not a problem.  No knowledge of Shakespeare's plays is required to enjoy this romp through the Guandarlandian countryside. 


What kind of research was involved in writing Falstaff’s Big Gamble?

A: I read synopses of Shakespeare's plays, read up on the characters and bought a copy of Reduced Shakespeare by Martin and Tichenor.  I highly recommend that book

Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

A: It's been a struggle at times, but I can't say if that is unusual or if it is normal.  Probably, it's equal to accomplishing anything else in life.  it wasn't all that easy, but what is?

For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

A: The book was published by Strange World Publishing and it took about six months to get it out the door.  The ebook versions became available on September 1 and the print version a month later.

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I don't have an agent and I've never had one.  When some early reviews raved about the Falstaff book, I decided to try for an agent (once again).  I contacted more than a dozen via email.  I got one "No" within minutes, much too fast for the agent's company to have read the material.  One agent requested a sample then rejected it and the others never bothered to reply.  Not even a "Thanks, but no thanks" message.

Do you plan subsequent books?

A: At the moment, I have a novella almost completed and extensive story designs on another novella and three novels.  So many stories, so little time.

Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

A: In my office, a former bedroom for one of my daughters.  Since I got an IPad, I also do a lot of work sitting in a recliner.  That's where I'm writing this material.

If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

A: I think I'd buy full page ads in the New York Times Book Review Section

How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

A: Without self-promotion, there is no promotion. I use the usual social media stuff, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin.  In the last year, I decided I spend too much time in my office  talking to imaginary characters, so I developed presentations on fiction writing and self-publishing.  I've given these in schools, libraries and cafes.  It improves my name recognition, gets me talking to 'real' people and sells some books.

What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

 A: Despite the stuff you see on the web, self-publishing a book is not easy. It's a complex undertaking that unfolds over a period of several months.  I believe a lot of potential authors approach self-publishing without a clear idea of the process or the costs involved.  Many of them also don't understand that publishing a book, no matter how it was done, means the author is now the marketing manager and the sales manager for that book. That is daunting assignment.
I never faltered.  The phrase "too stupid to learn" comes to mind, doesn't it?


Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

A: Don't give up.  It may seem like a mountain that is too high to climb, but it isn't.  It is high, but not all that high. Once you get part way up, it gets easier.

Thank you for your interview, hank. I wish you much success!

A: I enjoyed being here.  The questions were the type that made me think and come up with a unique response.  I couldn't just copy and paste a stock answer here and I have a lot of those stock answers on file.







About Hank Quense
Award-winning author Hank Quense writes humorous fantasy and sci-fi stories. His motto is fantasy and sci-fi stories told with humor and satire. He has over forty published short stories and a number of nonfiction articles. On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun. He refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news.  Hank lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Hank’s previous works include Zaftan Enterprises, Zaftan Miscreants and Tales From Gundarland, a collection of fantasy stories.  Readers Favorite awarded the book a medal and EPIC designated it a finalist in its 2011 competition.  His Fool’s Gold is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth and Tunnel Vision is a collection of twenty previously published short stories.  Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers.
He has a number of links where you can follow his work and his occasional rants:


Strange Worlds website:http://strangeworldsonline.com

Follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/hanque99


Purchase Falstaff’s Big Gamble in paperback or kindle format at Amazon

About Falstaff’s Big Gamble

This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. 
It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland.  There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf and Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls.
If that isn't bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus.
Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello.  After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind throne.

Purchase Falstaff’s Big Gamble in paperback or kindle format at Amazon

About The Strange Worlds of Hank Quense

Hank Quense has written about the Strange Worlds that he has developed as a background to many of the books he has written. One of these worlds is called Gundarland, a planet inhabited by humans and fantasy creatures. The second is Zaftan 31B, home world of the alien race known as Zaftans. The books contain information on culture, races, religion, politics and other topics. His latest book in this series is Zaftan Enterprises.
Strange Worlds website:http://strangeworldsonline.com