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Daniel Hecht

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I was born into an artist's community founded in 1946 by my parents and their friends in the wilds of Westchester County, N.Y. Surrounded by these individualistic yet communalistic bohemians, I saw artists in every discipline working their magic, and could not help but follow in their footsteps.

I've lived all over the U.S. and have worked at every kind of job to make ends meet, and I enjoy the labor of body and hands as much as the effort of the mind. Mailman, logger, carpenter, musician, musical instrument builder, graphic designer, apple picker, farmhand, nonprofit organizational director, college administrator, educator -- the great thing about a checkered past is that you see the world from a lot of perspectives. This is the best educat
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Daniel Hecht I varies every time! I have written seven novels now, and yet I cannot claim to have the foggiest clue as to how to write them . . . As strange as it…moreI varies every time! I have written seven novels now, and yet I cannot claim to have the foggiest clue as to how to write them . . . As strange as it may seem, I based Skull Session on real events that happened to me. I wrote The Babel Effect because I wanted to explore the origins of violence and altruism. . . In the Cree Black series, I wanted to explore ideas of the supernatural, or at least the psychology of the supernatural, and I wanted an excuse to visit the marvelous places I set the novels in.

On Brassard's Farm derived from my experiences living far out in the woods on Hooker Mountain, near Peacham, Vermont, and from a desire to explore the varied dimensions of love -- romantic and otherwise.

More and more, what inspires me is a central feeling or sense of what's true and beautiful. Of course, I don't always know where that center is, so I sort of circle it, spiraling in toward it through intuitive guesses. When get a clear sense of it -- then I get excited and the novel starts to write itself! It's the greatest feeling . . .
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Daniel Hecht On Brassard's Farm, due out in April, 2018, is based on my own experiences living in deep woods and on experiences of working on farms art various…moreOn Brassard's Farm, due out in April, 2018, is based on my own experiences living in deep woods and on experiences of working on farms art various times in my life. I have the greatest respect for America's small farmers, and wanted to portray their struggles and strengths in a moving story. I really feel that their spirit is the muscle and bone of our country, and that whatever upheavals we go through, they'll stick it through. It's good to remember!

Also, I wanted to offer a different perspective on what "love" is, and therefore what a "love story" can be. In my view, the love Ann finds and the way she comes to it are more realistic than the conventions of too many novels, TV shows, movies. The real thing is so much better than that!

I had a strong sense of Ann Turner, my main character. In many ways, she resembles Cree Black, the heroine of City of Masks, Land of Echoes, and Bones of the Barbary Coast -- she's empathetic, open to experiencing magic, an outsider, afraid yet facing down her fear. Her voice was always clear in my head. (less)
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“Only when you are dangerous are you truly equal to the world.”
Daniel Hecht, Bones of the Barbary Coast

“The sinister is always the unintelligible, the impressive, the numinous. Wherever something divine appears, we begin to experience fear. . . . Everything that has to do with salvation possesses, among other things, a sinister, unfamiliar character; it always includes the superhuman. It is a specifically human trait to find joy in destruction. —ADOLF GUGGENBUHL-CRAIG”
Daniel Hecht, Skull Session

“Gek hoe de opwinding van de jacht je vergaat als jij degene bent die wordt opgejaagd.”
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