Topic: Author Interview
N. D. Hansen the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
cheery, curious, minutiaist
2. How do you think others would describe you?
happy, intense, insightful (supplied by my son)
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My family. Mycology. Painting. Archaeology.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Foxy, a fox terrier cross; Tessa, a Springer Spaniel cross; Mr. Stinky the cat.
5. What is your most precious memory?
Anything involving my kids.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
There are too many to list, but a book-related memory involves my very first novel, Trees. I'd done all the research, knew just what to expect in a royalties advance for a first-time author. Of course, having written the world's finest novel, I never even considered that it might not get published when I cheerfully addressed the package to the publisher. I had my anticipated royalties tallied into the family accounts, and told all my friends and family that I'd sent the book to the publisher, and was expecting a check and contract any day. OMG, I can't believe how naive I was, LOL! The book did get published, a dozen rewrites later, after some of my other books were already contracted. I look back now and it seems absolutely hilarious!
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Archaeology, painting, possibly plant science. I do some of those anyway (in addition to writing).
N.D. Hansen the writer:
8. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
I still wonder whether I am at times!
9. What is going on with your writing these days?
Working on 3 books. I began writing romance a little over a year ago, but still enjoy writing SF, horror, and fantasy novels more.
10. What are your future goals for your writing?
Perhaps writing for specific lines. I'm working on one for The Lotus Circle now. Next, I'd like to write a book for the Hunters for Hire continuity series at Ellora's Cave. I'm also going to write a few more novellas, and wrap up some of my series.
11. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
A 4 a.m. start, on till 8 a.m., when I see my daughter off, then 4 more hours of writing/promotion throughout the day. I usually begin with emails and promo, then go on to writing after several mugs of strong tea.
12. Why do you write?
I write what I like to read.
13. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Michael Crichton/John Steinbeck - Crichton for bringing science to edgy "life", and Steinbeck for his ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary
14. How do you define your writing?
Complex, tense, intense
15. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I read that.
N.D. Hansen the details:
16. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?
http://www.ndhansen-hill.com/ | http://melodyknight.com/ Blog? http://www.myspace.com/ndmanuscripts
17. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
Just visit my website (http://www.ndhansen-hill.com/), and click on the link!
18. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Trees, Crystals, Mud, Shades, Fire, Light, Grave Images, Graven Image, Grave Imagery, Grave Image, Light Play, Light Plays, Lightning Play, Static, Vision, Elf, Trolls, BloodWorks, Relic, BoneSong, ErRatic, GlassWorks, Of Dragons, In Trysts, In Flames, The Hollowing, Gilded Folly, Gray Beginnings, Art & Soul, Sqweams, Artifact (novella), Emerald City (novella)
19. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
suspense, edginess, tensions, heroics
20. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
I hope you find it as interesting to read my books as I find it to write them. I also hope you can experience the same sense of escapism I do, when working through a scene.