Release Day for Last Winter’s Snow, my tenth novel #amwriting #LGBT #Sápmi #equality

Release Day for Last Winter’s Snow, my tenth novel #amwriting #LGBT #Sápmi #equality

Release day is always exhilaratingly frightening, and after fifteen books you’d think I’m used to it, but no…

Release Day for my new novel! I’m so excited.

Release day. Again. It’s been a while now. In September I released my last novel, Jonathan’s Legacy, and in December we released the 2nd edition of Common Sense. And now it’s finally time to present Last Winter’s Snow to you, my new novel. Release day reminds me of the graduation for a book, when the kid, all grown up and ready to meet the world, moves away from home.

Release Day means that I, the author, relinquish all of my control, and let you, my readers, jump into the driver’s seat. That can be scary, frightening even. If you have kids who’ve left the nest, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. As parents, the author and the publisher have done our utmost to prepare our child to be ready. We’ve taken great care in writing the story, researching it properly and in a lot of detail, more than I’ve ever had to research for a book before. We have edited it, then edited it some more before we proofed the book in several rounds. Natasha Snow has once again created a tasteful cover, very suitable for the story I’m telling.

Early reviews are in and they are very encouraging. You might compare them to your child’s final grades in school. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

“Hans Hirschi has written a brilliant book. I’ve learned so much about another country and another culture and another time with this story. I love it when writers combine fact with their fiction. Thank you Hans Hirschi so much for sharing Nilas’s and Casper’s journey with us. I hope that everyone who reads this review will also read this book. It is truly very well written.”

“Just read the scene of Göran’s dinner party after Tom’s phone call, and it’s stunning.”

“For gorgeous scenery, realistic relationships, and a story full of warmth and optimism, this gets 10/10 fountain pens.

“Your best one yet!”

“Mr Hirschi’s books always draw attention to discrimination and oppression, making us question our beliefs and attitudes. This book is dedicated ‘to the oppressed minorities of the world’ and all the books I’ve read by this author could bear the same dedication.”

“I think what made this book great was for me was that it taught me about the Sami people (who I never knew existed) and had me search out more information on this beautiful group of people who’s way of life is threatened each and every day.”

Last Winter’s Snow wasn’t an easy book to write. I began with the first chapter almost a year ago, and when the character Nilas revealed himself to be a Sami, I had a hunch that this might be a book that would require a lot of work. Why? As a foreign born Swede I had no education to teach me about the Sami, and it’s only been very recently that Sweden, as a society, began to talk about them in anything less than negative way.

This is Gávtjávrrie, lake & village, a beautiful part of Sápmi, where Nilas comes from. Photo: Wikipedia / Håkan Svensson

So I had to do a lot of research, see above. The same was true for many of the historical aspects, from details of the spread of HIV (I had to get this right, month by month, as so much happened). Even though I lived through the 80ies myself, I was just a handful of years too young to personally experience the onset of the epidemic. Lucky for me I guess. Given how close I came a couple of times later on in life, I probably would’ve gotten sick, and – unlike a good friend of mine – have died from it, like most of those early cases.

Going back into one’s own youth isn’t without risk. You think you remember things one way, when in fact, they were quite different. We caught one medical “boo boo” quite late in the process. Hence the need for several rounds of proof reading. Our memory is fickle. Yet as difficult as it is, it’s also gratifying, and Last Winter’s Snow proves quite aptly just how much progress we’ve made, as a society, in a relatively short time frame. While the story plays out in Sweden, much of the same can be said about most western societies, in varying degrees.

I’m at a loss, still, despite the blurb on the back of the book, to describe this novel. Yes, it’s the story of Swedish LGBT history from the late seventies to today. Yes, it’s the story of what it means to be Sami in Sweden during the same time period, and the remarkable journey of one gay Sami back to his own people. But it’s also a love story, and maybe, in a few weeks, I’ll be able to share some of my thoughts on that love story, that couple, Casper and Nilas. But not yet.

Today is your day, dear readers. Nilas and Casper are yours, along with the adventures of their life. Happy reading, and once again, welcome to my world… If you’ve already bought this book, thank you for your trust. If you’re thinking about it, take a leap of faith, and I thank you, too!

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Hans

#MondayBlogs: What’s in a novel? Hidden subtext waiting to be discovered #amreading #asmsg

#MondayBlogs: What’s in a novel? Hidden subtext waiting to be discovered #amreading #asmsg

Subtext: sometimes what’s between the lines is more important that what is right before your eyes

Four more days until I get to release my next novel, Last Winter’s Snow. I’m really excited for this book to meet readers. The other night I was thinking about the two main characters in the novel, and I realized something that I found rather painful. It had to do with their relationship. I’m not going to give away the plot here, I’d rather cut off my tongue. But it made me realize something about subtext, particularly since I’ve already read a couple of reviews from readers, fellow authors and semi-professional reviewers.

How much of a novel’s subtext do you catch if you read this much? Not a comment on this particular reader. At three novels a day, I would barely remember anything.

When we read a book, some of us read a dozen novels a year, I heard about someone who reads a thousand (!) books per year, we retain various details about the story. And there are many ways in which to read a book. I remember my days at the university, when I studied literature. We could put on our feminist glasses, or apply a queer filter, we could deconstruct a novel, apply a hermeneutic approach etc. We have a saying in Sweden: “Som man ropar i skogen får man svar!” (As you shout you will be answered.)

There were times I wondered how people could think that I write romance (there are quite a few of those readers), and I’ll readily admit that my books usually contain an element of “relationship building”, usually completed after a chapter. It’s not something I’d ever consider writing an entire novel about. But it’s a needed part of getting to know your characters if a couple plays a role in a story. However, I’ve realized that the fact that LGBT literature consists of 95+% romance novels (that’s another post entirely), most people will approach any LGBT novel that way, and many will be greatly disappointed if the story doesn’t correspond to their Harlequin pattern type storytelling.

Here’s me reading from one of my books at a reading at New York’s queer bookstore.

Even with my new novel, as far away from romance as it may be, one of the reviewers felt compelled to state that as a fact. When did you ever read a review of say Hamlet stating that? Just saying… Others will undoubtedly focus more on the aspect of LGBT history, while others will focus on the Sami aspects of the story.

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t read a novel because the romance captures your heart. There is no “right” or “wrong” when you read a book. That’s kind of the hallmark of great literature, that each reader can find their own enjoyment. I’ve had people come back to me with experiences and “life lessons” that I hadn’t considered.

I saw something else, something I hadn’t seen before, and it rattled me. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had that creeping emotion with a book. It’s happened to me before, not just with my own stories, although I know those in great detail. Sometimes you discover something that grabs a hold of you and you just can’t let go of it. Those are the books I enjoy the most, and the longest. It’s like a meal that never ends, and you get to chew and chew and discover ever new flavors.

Have you ever had a similar feeling about a book? Obviously, I can’t find subtext beyond what is in the text with other people’s books, whereas, in my mind, my characters may keep telling me other things (or I’m just making it up, the difference could be subtle), but I’m quite sure that others would be able to find similar things if they keep their eyes open to them. What are your experiences? Do you discover small subtleties in stories? Is it worth reading a book on the hunt for subtext or is it all just mumbo-jumbo?

Finally, a quick word on my own behalf (I know it’s tricky with the #MondayBlogs), but I just wanted to let you know that I have a great Instafreebie FREE giveaway, which lasts all week to celebrate the coming release. Have a look. The Fallen Angels of Karnataka certainly is my most important novel.

If not, have a great weekend. Have you enjoyed this post? Please share it with others. I love to connect with my readers, I really do, so feel free to interact with me on TwitterFacebookYouTube, and/or Instagram.

Have a wonderful week,

Hans

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Audiobook Release: Family Ties, a novel of roots, the past and the future #Audible #ASMSG #amreading

My first ever audiobook release is based on my very first story

The cover for the audiobook of Family Ties, my first. I just got the files from Michael and will review them next week. I look forward to the release of my first audiobook!

When I was thinking about which of my nine released novels would be the best one for an audiobook release, I didn’t think with money in mind. I guess the OCD elements within me just gave me no choice: “go with your first!”

And I did, and besides being my first novel, Family Ties is also my shortest book, which maybe is a good thing with regards to audiobooks. It wasn’t so expensive to produce…

Audiobooks aren’t cheap, unless you are such a famous author that producers will offer you a profit share. I’m not. But I am very proud of this product. I’m sure you’ve heard the age-old controversy between the “book” and the “movie”.

It goes without saying that the book will always lose, at least if the movie was based ON the book. The book will always be much more close to the reader’s views of the novel, whereas a movie, apart from the demands of the medium, is the interpretation of the book by the screen writers and the director. Incomparable.

Michael Bakkensen, the voice of author Hans M Hirschi

Completely different mediums, and to compare the two is like comparing a flight from LA to NYC with a train ride between the two cities. The same is true for the audiobook. I’d say the audiobook is somewhere in between the movie (minus the visuals) and the book (plus the voice, and ONE person’s interpretation of the narrative).

When I chose to work with Michael Bakkensen, himself the father of relatively small kids, I know he’d understand that aspect of the novel, parents’ need to protect their kids, and he’d get the interaction within the family right. I don’t know Michael well enough yet, we will meet in New York for Rainbow Book Fair in April, to know if he has siblings, or his relationship to his parents. Families are complex and as the covers suggests, the roots of a family tree run deep, lots of secrets, lots of hidden aspects, connections here, there and everywhere. The relationships are interpreted differently by the two sons, old secrets suddenly come to light, and ancient wrongdoings are the downfall of one patriarch.

Those and many other ingredients are part of this novel. Family Ties was the first book I ever wrote. By now it’s not big secret that it includes a lot of my own personal “baggage” that I knew I had to deal with. I had a hunch that it might always come back to haunt me if I didn’t face those demons. What those are, and how, is irrelevant really. But needless to say, they are vanquished. On the other hand, my writing is still greatly influenced by experiences from my personal life, even though it shouldn’t influence your enjoyment of the book or the audiobook to know how, what or why.

The Family Ties audiobook is available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. It’s about five hours long to listen to, and believe me, Michael’s voice is very addictive!

If you’re interested in more background info about the actual production process, listen to my YouTube video I uploaded yesterday.

I really look forward to this weekend off. It’s been a somewhat “harrowing” week for us here at home. Next week is going to be “fun” I hope, as I have another release waiting, this time my tenth novel “Last Winter’s Snow”. Oh, if you’re interested, I’ll be on a radio show this Sunday, at 3 pm EST (9 pm CET) to talk about the new audiobook and novel (and anything else readers want to ask about).

You can listen Sunday via:
The Web Site:http://www.beatentrackradio.com/
Via Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/beatentrackradio
Windows Media Player: http://stream.radiojar.com/k98ef2r2hnwtv.pls
Via iTunes: http://stream.radiojar.com/k98ef2r2hnwtv.m3u
Via mp3 player : http://stream.radiojar.com/k98ef2r2hnwtv
iOS app : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1178446224
Android app : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details
We’re also in the iTunes radio directory and the TuneIn Radio app.

See you Sunday? You can also join the Facebook event group and drop off questions.

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#MondayBlogs: the difference between a pen name and a false identity. Kathryn Perez, a case study #amwriting #LGBT

When authors take their “pen name” to criminal lengths…

Dear Kathryn!

Can I call you Kathryn? I know you prefer to be addressed as Byron Rider these days, but for now I’ll just call you Kathryn, Kathryn Perez. I know you’ve written some het books under the pen name Cait Perez, there’s even a website (for now) with all your personal pictures, including your full name and address. You don’t have to take the site down. We have screen shots of it all. So far so good. You then decided to write M/M books. That is fine. You’re NOT the only one, far from it.

But you couldn’t just take a pen name and run with it, like so many of my friends. You couldn’t just settle for a pen name that was gender ambiguous, no, you went all out, for a male pseudonym. That’s fine, too, some of my female author friends did that, too. But you took it several steps further:

You “stole” images and pretended for them to be you (from the BBC, including in the one video that is still on YouTube), from Kevin Spacey until you finally, a couple of days ago, went all out, painted a beard on your face and recorded a video with a distorted male voice. That video has since been removed. But many of us have screen captures.

This face isn’t yours. It’s what a man from Dundee, Scotland would look like if he was made up from all men there. Source: BBC

Why would anyone photoshop a picture of actor Kevin Spacey and pretend to be that person? Why? Kathryn, only you know why! I doubt Kevin would be pleased, if he knew…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the real you, with those glasses we know so well from the “real” you, Kathryn:

Rule #1 in deception & impersonation: take off your glasses, Kathryn!

To paint a beard on your face (in case you forgot, the inset picture is from your deleted YouTube video), hide your bangs and your long hair under a baseball cap and wearing your husband Hector’s shirt won’t cut it.

Now, you may wonder why I’m so invested in your case. Allow me to explain. I have no qualms with authors using pen names, quite the contrary. I understand, as a real gay man, what discrimination means. I know the price of being gay, of your books not being sold in mainstream stores, of readers not picking up your books because “but I’m not gay…” (I can only imagine what my teachers would’ve said if I’d refused to read Shakespeare with the words “but I’m not straight!”) Not that I’m as good as Shakespeare, just saying.

I understand that many of the men & women writing in the LGBT space are not out to their families, places of work or their congregations, and they know what would happen if they did. I also understand that there are many other reasons to have a pen name, the simplest one being: because I want to. That is fine, too.

As an author, I am also intimately aware that we want to distance ourselves from our books, our characters. And I understand that readers, reviewers and literary researchers try to look for “us”, our essence, in our work. I understand that, too. Not that I think it’s right, or even necessary, but it is what it is. I’ve written about both pen names, and our right to be anonymous.

No, you’re not a MAN, No, you’re not a GAY MAN, no, it was not a rumor, and by Jove I hope you have more respect for your husband Hector than you showed him by making him look like an imbecile who doesn’t speak English…

But what you do, dear Kathryn, is different. You pretend to be a man, not just by name, you also chose the male pronoun on your (once again deleted Facebook profiles), unlike the honest authors. You posted this (image to the right) on Facebook when people realized you were fake, a fraud:

But no Kathryn, you’re clearly not a man. You’re clearly not gay. You are married to Hector Perez and you have a lovely daughter. Now, I can’t be sure that you’re not a trans person deep inside, but that is an entirely different animal. If you were, you probably wouldn’t go to such lengths to lie about who you are and basically paint what amounts to a trans “blackface” on you. I have trans friends, and I know of their pain, their suffering, and I can tell you that the trans friends who’ve learned about you are as appalled and disturbed by your behavior as your straight (former) fans/readers, and the authors in the LGBT space.

Byron Rider is dead, or not? Like Jesus “he”‘s risen from the grave.

Sadly, your deception goes further. In a hissy fit after my original post a couple of months ago, you faked your death. Yes, you died, online, for everyone to see, and you posted an obituary, complete with fake ID’s and stolen images. Do you understand that this constitutes identity theft? Do you realize this is illegal?

From what I understand, you are a teacher at a small community college in Houston, you live in Pasadena, TX. This information is publicly available on your website and your LinkedIn profile.

Although, do you really hold a PhD like you claim on LinkedIn? Your employer seems to disagree on their official page on you. A master’s degree is no PhD Kathryn. Seems you pathological lying extends into your profession, too? If I had a doctorate in philosophy, I’d want that to be reflected on my school’s website… Just saying.

The image you stole if that of a fellow teaching colleague of yours. Does he know? What does he say about this? What does the college think that you manipulate their staff ID’s? That you abuse their name to further your sick plotting and to fake your death?

To fake your death the way you did is probably not a breach of the law itself, but boy is it stupid. And to die and resurrect? Yes, there are many deaths (another one of your amazing lies), but you are no Jesus my friend. Quite the contrary. Thou shalt not lie!

But that’s not it, is is? In my original post about you, I asked about your books. I have never read a Byron Rider or Cait Perez book. But you published more than ten books in less than a month, more than twenty in eleven months, and I think the question is valid: when and how did you write this much? Aren’t you a teacher?

More than that: most authors can’t wait to publish their books ASAP. Nothing is more painful than having to wait for months and years to see them out. Besides, you lose income, which I understand from a now deleted blog post, is very important to you. I don’t know if you plagiarized those books, but given that everything else about you is fake? The question must be asked. Your covers, not the most artistic ones I’ve seen, are easier to check. I don’t have the time to go through all your books, but someone at Amazon should, because I’ve found this cover of yours:

This is one of your covers, right? And the image is taken straight from a screen shot of a room used in the movie Fifty Shades of Gray.

You do understand that this picture is taken from a movie? All I had to do was do an image search to find the results. Anybody can do that. Do you have the rights to use it? Do you pay royalties to the rights owners of Fifty Shades of Gray?

Having been in the publishing industry for many years, I find it difficult to believe. Given how tacky and amateurish your covers generally are, I doubt you’ll pay potentially thousands of dollars to use such a picture. Provided the makers of a straight BDSM movie would even want to be associated with the author of gay writing… As a gay man, my real-life experience is that they probably wouldn’t. Who wants “a million moms” boycotting their picture?

You do understand that “downloading” images from Google to use in your artwork is illegal? What about your other covers?

Unfortunately, only the people at the studio who hold the copyright can ask Amazon to take action, but someone should look at all your book covers, and double check the actual stories, to see where those images and the texts came from. Maybe someone who reads this knows someone at Amazon?

I’m sure you think this is unfair, you probably feel persecuted. Welcome to the life of being LGBT, a world you don’t seem to understand, at all. Your political views, legitimate of course, as a fervent Trump supporter, puts you at odds with the LGBT community and our allies, a community you try to make money from; therefore you have to accept to be questioned. Just like Milo Yiannopoulos. You remember what happened to him…

On your website you titled yourself “gay lifestyle author”. Dear Kathryn, being gay is not a lifestyle. It’s not a choice, like choosing a criminal lifestyle, but I understand that you don’t understand that. I cannot not be gay, as little as an ostrich can take flight. I’m still human, the ostrich still a bird, but we have no choice. The one person who has a choice, is you.

If you wish to continue to write M/M books, you’re welcome to do so. But here are a couple of tips:

  • apologize. You’ve hurt so many people, from readers to authors!
  • stay away from stolen imagery, for yourself or your covers
  • ask a proper cover designer to help you, get editors and proof readers to polish your work
  • don’t fake being a man, heart attacks and deaths. It’s illegal and you hurt the feelings of many in the trans community, not to mention you insult the intelligence of  the people you expect to read your books.
  • don’t fake IDs (you’re faculty, not a student, and at 55, old enough to buy booze)
  • don’t threaten authors and readers. That’s generally a bad idea. We are a small community, and most of us know each other, or we certainly know someone who does knows. You can’t hide.

Are you a joke? Given how amateurish you act (your real name and residential address online for everyone to see, the idiotic parody with the painted beard and slow-play video to “fix” the voice), I’ve asked myself the question if this is all a big hoax, you know like the documentary with a loony Joaquin Phoenix. Yet I wonder, given your many mistakes, are you smart enough? Are you ill?

You know, and as a psychologist you should know this, sometimes people do bad things so badly, because they secretly are crying for help, they want to be found out. Is that you Kathryn? If so, I hope that someone contacts your employer, the San Jacinto College in Houston, where you teach – how ironic – psychology… As a father I am concerned that someone who clearly isn’t well, is teaching our children. They may be adults, but yeah, they’re still vulnerable at that tender age of eighteen, nineteen… Do they know about all the sick things you’ve done? Does your college support your views? Does Dr. Brenda Hellyer know? Maybe she should? I’m sure there is a policy of honesty and integrity as a faculty member there.

Personally, I have nothing to gain from exposing you. Quite the contrary. This is taking up far too much of my time, and the time of countless others. But I have no choice. You are hurting my friends, and my community, and you are a blemish, a shame for LGBT literature, and all those authors who work their asses off to get published, combining day jobs and writing at night. You’re hurting readers who’ve purchased your books in the honest belief you were who you said you were, Byron Rider.

I don’t sell a single extra book because of this, quite the contrary. All of us authors are risking to sell less, because how do people know who’s genuine and who’s fake? You’re not the first catphishing author, Kathryn, and most likely not the last fraud either. I love my industry, and the amazing stories we produce, stories that empower young LGBT youths to see that there is real hope for them, hope of happiness later in life, stories that empower men, women, trans, gender fluid and agender persons around the world to be the best human beings they can be. I am proud of what we do! Finally, a big thank you to all those who’ve contributed to this post, through research etc. No one mentioned, no one forgotten. I know who you are. Thanks!

So please, Kathryn, go get help! If not for my sake, or the sake of the tight-knit LGBT writing/reading community, get help for the sake of your husband Hector, and your daughter Angela. They deserve a healthy, happy spouse and mother, don’t you think?

Have a wonderful week,

Hans M Hirschi, gay man & author of gay fiction

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A hectic week comes to an end: aspects of an author’s life… #amwriting (not) #asmsg

This hectic week has one lesson for us, but you better read it to learn what it is!

My week started great! I’ve begun work on a secret project (so no info about it) and I met with some awesome people who really energized me. But you know what it’s like when you work hard: come evening you feel like an empty sponge! By nine p.m. I felt like a body bag with a beating heart, that’s how exhausted I was.

Birthdays are special days, and for once he got to use his “screen” during dinner… Sscha’s 4th birthday.

After that meeting, I had to buy us a new fridge, as our old one was on its last leg. And if you read my customer service post from that day, you’ll know just how difficult that proved to be. Tuesday was my son’s fourth birthday and it turned out to be a mentally hectic day. I have been proof-reading Last Winter’s Snow one more time and passed on my comments to the publisher. My editor also worked through things one more time, and I’m really pleased with the final product. We’ve both worked hard on it, along with a bunch of others.

At this stage in the publication cycle I’m always exhausted, mentally, and I’m almost at the point where I’m like “can’t this just be bloody over soon?” There are two more weeks to release day needed to print the books and get the e-book files to retailers in time so I’ll have plenty of time to recoup. Come release day, I’ll naturally be very nervous again. As befits a book release.

My husband came back early from work and we finally got a chance to sit down, have cake, sing for our big boy and watch as he tore through his presents. He seemed pleased with the outcome. I can’t believe it’s been four years already. Time goes by so quickly, and no, I don’t need any parentsplaining about making the most of every minute. I, if anyone, is fully aware just how quickly he’s growing… LOL

The new fridge is in place. I hope it’ll last as long as the last one, fifteen years.

Wednesday was fridge delivery day, and yeah, that went really well! NOT. So rather than driving it out here by ferry as I had ordered (and paid for), I had to organize for a local company to help me out. Luckily they were able to take on his last minute job and after I had gone to town for a lunch with friends, I had to rush home to help them get the new fridge into the house and the old one out. By the time Alex and Sascha were home, I was in that bodybag zone again. Exhausted. Oh, yeah, I also recorded this week’s segment from the author cave, edited and uploaded that. It’s all about sex and nudity and the age old question: “why?” Do authors really have to get undressed to sell books? Check it out. It’s quite funny and you might even get to see my tits!

Yesterday saw me work some more on my secret project and work some more on the proofs from my editor. She’s so meticulous. Unbelievable. I’ve been to town every day except Tuesday and even though it’s a beautiful journey, it takes time. Twenty-five minutes to the mainland and then another twenty minutes to a half hour into the city. Twice a day (four times today), that adds up. I also got to spend hours on the phone, with our city’s environmental agency and the police, as my moronic & criminal convict of a neighbor decided to once again illegally burn trash on his property, and since the garden stuff was too moist he helped it along with gasoline. 30 ft from a preschool and kids! I was livid.

It’s finally spring in Gothenburg and I took this picture just an hour ago, on the way home from the mainland. I have another trip to do today. No matter how hectic a day, this will calm you down.

Add a couple of calls with regards to my MIL and the sale of her house and the day was gone. Today we had to get up early. Alex had to catch a train to Stockholm for meetings and we took the kid so he could watch the trains come and go at the station. He’s that age… Afterwards to took him to school before I went grocery shopping, had breakfast and had meetings. I just got home a half hour ago. I already feel like bodybag, but alas, at 4 pm, I go to town again, to pick up the kid from school and bring him home. Then dinner and a movie before it’s bedtime for the little one (and me, I’m convinced!)

This has been a crazy hectic week and I haven’t written anything. The final proofing of Last Winter’s Snow, getting

Don’t miss to download The Fallen Angels of Karnataka for free, to get you in the spirit for Last Winter’s Snow and it’s April 6 release.

some marketing in place for it (including this GREAT Instafreebie of The Fallen Angels of Karnataka to remind people of my writing), checking on progress of the Family Ties audiobook, currently headed to retail, but I haven’t seen it there yet, so I guess the release post is due Monday. It’s difficult to write when you’re so absorbed in something else and I haven’t really had the mental time to focus on my current WIP. But I’ll get there. I better. Odd, come April 5th, we need to submit our blog posts for GRL in late October, and I don’t even know yet what my fall release will be called or ultimately be about. Hard to blog about it for a blog tour… Alas, it’s part of the process, and it needs to be followed.

Now, let me ask you a question: does this hectic week look familiar to you? I have a hunch that if you replaced the “author” aspect with customer rep or teacher or mechanic, most people’s weeks look pretty much the same. I often get these starry eyed looks from readers, looking at me as if I’m some demigod constantly bogged down in my writing cave. Alas, I’m no different than any other professional, juggling family life, work and what little free time we have left. Biggest difference is that I often work from home.

With that, at the end of another hectic week, I wish you a great weekend. Hope to see you again Monday!

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Hans