Hank Quense

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Hank Quense writes satirical fantasy and sci-fi.
Early in his writing career, he was strongly influenced by two authors: Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Happily, Hank has never quite recovered from those experiences.

He lives with his wife in northern New Jersey, a mere 20 miles from Manhattan, thecenter of the galaxy (according to those who live in Manhattan). They have two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live close by.

For vacations, Hank and Pat usually visit distant parts of the galaxy. Occasionally, they also time-travel.

Besides writing novels, Hank lectures on fiction writing, publishing and book marketing. He is most proud of his talk showing grammar school kids how to cre
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Hank Quense The most important advice I can give to aspiring fiction writers is this. Know the ending before before you start to write the first draft. You should…moreThe most important advice I can give to aspiring fiction writers is this. Know the ending before before you start to write the first draft. You should also know what path will take you from the story's beginning to that ending.(less)
Hank Quense I've never experienced writer's block. Possibly this is because I always have at least three major writing projects underway. Usually, the three break…moreI've never experienced writer's block. Possibly this is because I always have at least three major writing projects underway. Usually, the three break down this way. One is in the final editing/revision stage. In the second I'm writing a first draft and the third I'm collecting ideas prior to starting the story design.
If I'm working on one of the three and my mind is a blank, I put that project away and move to one of the other two. After I while, I can return to the first one and make progress on it. (less)
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My book, How to Self-publish and Market a Book, received another 5-star review. I agree with all the 5-star reviews. Hank Quense’s book is a must-read. Actually, I recommend reading this book several times every few months. Joylene Butler

This is the 14th 5-star review.  The average review is 4.7-stars.

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Wotan's Dilemma (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: What would happen if you took the libretto that Richard Wagner used for his Ring Cycle of operas and moved it from the Dark Ages to the future? And what if, the all powerful Ring became an all-powerful computer chip?  And what if, the fantasy creatures were aliens? You'd get Wotan's Dilemma.  It's a retelling of the Rhinegold Myth as scifi instead of fantasy with humor replacing most of the horror. Beautiful goddesses, magical gold, quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?
Moxie's Problem (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Do you enjoy untypical coming-of-age stories? Well, you won’t find one more untypical than Moxie’s Problem. Moxie is an obnoxious, teen-age princess who has never been outside her father’s castle. Until now. The real world is quite different and she struggles to come to grips with reality. The story take space against a backdrop of Camelot. But it isn’t the Camelot of legends. It’s Camelot in a parallel universe. So, all bets are off!
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"How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans, of course. You’ll possibly have heard that old joke before. Well my plans for looking after one of God’s little creatures didn’t turn out as I’d hoped. I didn’t actually hear God laugh but... My dau..." Read more of this blog post »
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It tells the story of a character named Chester. He flees London and hides out in New Zealand for reasons that aren’t disclosed. There, he has a series of bizarre experience that may (or may not) be halucinations.

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message 3: by Sam

Sam I'll be honest, I haven't read work by either of those authors but I've only recently been starting to expand what and who I read, thanks to Goodreads. I'll keep an eye out for them at the library though

Oh I'm jealous, I bet the original is far superior :-)


message 2: by Hank

Hank Quense If you like authors like Chris Moore or Tom Holt, I think you'll enjoy Fool's Gold. My wife and I have seen both fountains. The original is much better if only because it's surrounded by Rome, an unforgettable city


Sam wrote: "Hiya Hank, thanks for the add :-)

I must say I did get quite excited when I read what Fools Gold was about, it sounds like the fantasy book with everything. I hope I do get it, if not I'm hitti..."





message 1: by Sam

Sam Hiya Hank, thanks for the add :-)

I must say I did get quite excited when I read what Fools Gold was about, it sounds like the fantasy book with everything. I hope I do get it, if not I'm hitting the shops :-D

Unfortunetly it's not the Trevi Fountain but the replica one at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. We were there last year for a friend's wedding. Still nice though but would love to go to Rome and see the original :-)

Sam


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