Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Author Interview: Steve Dunn Hanson, author of 'Sealed Up' & Giveaway!



I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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About the Book:

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

 

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks
he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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Thanks for this interview, Steve.  Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint?

I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

Read, photography, and be with my wife and family. With seven children and a gob of grandchildren, they keep me young.

Congratulations on your new book! Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

NAJA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Nacom was dying.
Guanacaste trees filtered the twilight into gold slivers that shimmered across Laguna Naja. The lake bore the name of the Lacandón Maya village nestled against it. Kish squatted on the ribbon of beach that framed the giant pond and stared at the darkening blue water. His black hair hung like string around his face, and his white tunic draped him like a sack. Koh Maria told him to wait there. She said her grandfather wanted to speak with him.
Kish knew what Nacom wanted.
“Who will follow a nineteen-year-old shaman,” he groused. Guttural growls of howler monkeys sounded like mocking laughter, and his shoulders slumped. A sharp tug on his tunic pulled him from his petulance.
“Now,” Koh Maria said.
     Kish followed her to Nacom’s hut where she pushed open two square-ish boards hinged to weathered posts.


Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Well, there was nothing “smooth” about it—but I’m not sure “rocky road” describes it either. Maybe words like arduous, challenging, frustrating, and sometimes exhilarating are better. While I had three books published before this one, this is really my first novel written for the general market, so there was a learning process involved too. My research was extensive and very time consuming as I wanted this to be “real” in every sense, so the overall research-writing phase took several years. Deciding to self-publish was the right decision, but it added greatly to my learning curve. All-in-all, I am grateful for all that I have learned in this journey and am very pleased with the results—both in the book itself and in reader response.

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

Indiana Jones meets The DaVinci Code in a search for millennia-old chronicles, and the world is changed.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

The suspense doesn’t hit you over the head like a sledge hammer but builds naturally and realistically. The characters are real, the storyline is unique, and the conclusion and ramifications are literally like no other book written. And as many readers have said, “This could really happen!”

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Hmm. Christmas—to be given to someone you really like. J

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

Sealed Up is the first book in a three book series called: “The Course of Fate.”

What’s next for you?

I’m in the middle of the 2nd book in the series tentatively called, “The Council.”


Steve Dunn Hanson is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card PLUS an autographed copy of his book, Sealed Up!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive both prizes.
  • This giveaway ends midnight March 31.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on April 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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