Thursday, 8 December 2011

Interview: Peter Hansen

First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).

Welcome, Peter. Settle yourself down over there, dear, and get comfortable. So, question number 1: What do you like best about writing?

I love the thrill of fleshing out new worlds. Even our own world and our own time look interesting and strange, when I have to start figuring out the rules for how it works—I've come across more surprising things researching the British university system than I've ever made up in a fantasy story.

How does writing make you feel?

It feels like a really long workout. When I finish a writing sprint, I have to stand up and stretch, because I've got cramps and strains in parts of me I didn't know existed.

When did you start writing?

I was about four, maybe? I wrote comic books about wizards turning people into fish food and about football players falling for each other. My parents indulged me with plenty of scrap paper.

Are you a plotter, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

I am the kind of plotter who makes spreadsheets. And then spreadsheets about the spreadsheets. And then lists referencing the spreadsheets about the spreadsheets.

Do you like edits?

That's a hard one! I don't like edits when I'm getting them; I don't know if anyone does. But I love seeing what edits do to my fiction, and I'm always excited to find out more about my quirks as a writer—and there's nothing better than edits for making those clear. On balance, therefore, I like edits quite a bit.

If you had an ideal writing space, what would it be like?

These days, I usually go to the coffee shop to write. It's a good place to work because none of my distractions are there—no cats climbing on the keyboard, no interesting book on the end table just crying out for me to read it. Ideally, my coffee shop would be playing metal instead of indie music, but I'm only a pair of headphones away from my Amorphis at any moment.

Have you ever co-authored? If not, would you ever consider it?

I have, but not professionally. I'd be happy to co-author more often!

What's your fave genre?

Fantasy and science fiction.

Are there any genres you'd love to try but haven't had a chance to tackle?

Contemporary romance! I find our strange alien courtship rituals completely incomprehensible. Spaceships make much more sense.

What's your fave writing accompaniment? Tea? Coffee? Large slab of chocolate cake with pretty sprinkles?

Black tea with milk and sugar. But if you're offering cake, I won't turn you down. :D

If you could go anywhere in the world, money no object, where would you go, who with, and why?

I'd love to go to Norway with my girlfriend. I enjoy cooler weather and hiking over dramatic scenery, and I'd like to connect a little with my family's roots there.

Here’s the blurb from my Riptide release, First Watch:

What price would you pay to survive?
Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance.
Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape.
Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil's bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death, and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.
You can read an excerpt from First Watch and purchase by clicking here.

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Loveless3173 said...

Hi Peter!
Lovely Interview. I really enjoyed it!
I absolutely loved First Watch. And of course my question to it would be, Will there be a sequel or a semi-sequel? lol...

If you were to write contemporary I'd definitely be getting that too. I really did love your writing style. It was so easy to fall into.


Bookishly Awesome said...

I always love your interviews. Looking forward to seeing what you put out in the future! :)


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joder said...

Great interview Peter and congratulations on having one of the most memorable book covers. I LOVE the sound of this book and it's in my favorite genre too. And I agree, everything is better with cake.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Bookwyrm369 said...

Great post! Your comment about writing comic books made me smile :-) Thanks for sharing about your writing process.

smaccall AT

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed both the interview and the blurb (and the excerpt).

First Watch is on my must have list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

Finally bought this now have to wait for work to sle down to get any time to read it :-D

Sarah S


Adara said...

I wanted to write Nancy Drew type stories when I was younger. (I never finished that story though.)

Thanks for the interview!

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-Maria- said...

Great interview and thanks for sharing your experience with us.