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Interview: Science Fiction Author Hank Quense

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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 sci-fi 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. 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.

Zaftan Entrepreneurs is his latest work. Hank’s previous works include 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.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Here is a portion of my “official” bio: 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. 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.

What made you first decide to become a writer?

I can’t recall. I do remember writing small stories in high school during boring classes and passing them around the classroom

Can you tell us about your latest book?

Zaftan Miscreants: Book Two of the Zaftan Trilogy offers a wealth of unusual characters. The four main characters are an android (named Sam), a ship’s computer (Slash 9), a beautiful alien who is a societal misfit (Klatze) and another alien who is a well-adjusted murderer (Gongeblazn). If that isn’t enough, one minor character is an ancient robot (Dot 38) who is a religious fanatic paving the way for the coming of the Mechanical Messiah.

What inspired you to write it?

I had so much fun writing Zaftan Entrepreneurs I had to write more about my snarly, nasty aliens. Zaftans resemble giant squids but aren’t as friendly.

What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?

Don’t trust the government and don’t invite a zaftan to your dinner party

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

I have a complete list of sellers on my website page: http://strangeworldsonline.com/ZM-main.html

If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?

I think I’d like to talk to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.

What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers?

I’m really, really old. I was born in the middle of the last century, but I’m still going strong.

What is up next for you?

My next novel is Shakespeare’s worst nightmare. I’ve taken two of his plays, Othello and Hamlet, and turned them from tragedies to comedies and that ain’t easy to do. I think of it as updating the Bard’s work for modern readers. You can look for Falstaff’s Big Gamble in the spring of 2012

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’d appreciate it if folks would go to my facebook page and ‘like’ it. That will earn you a free ebook. https://www.facebook.com/StrangeWorldsOnline.

My main website is http://strangewordsonline.com.

You can follow my antics, rants and get up-to-date Faux News Network reports on my blog: http://strangeworldsonline.blogspot.com.

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