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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Willem of the Tafel by

Hans M. Hirschi

Published by

Beaten Track Publishing

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult

194 pages

Release Date: May 28, 2015

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The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.

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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.

A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Quite a few. There were science-fiction books from a German author taking over where Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the third kind” left off, “Catcher in the Rye” and “Lord of the Flies” were important to me, I was a huge fan of Franz Kafka and I fondly remember Alan Paton’s “Cry the Beloved Country”, a book on South African apartheid, which might have subconsciously influenced “Willem of the Tafel”,
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
It wasn’t. I self-published that out as a gift for Christmas for my family, working with a close friend who did a miserable job proof reading it (she was a much better friend than editor) and another friend who set it and printed it (he worked for a print house) I learned a lot about book publishing then, although I’m ashamed of the many grammatical errors. I wrote it in three languages, of which I only mastered one really. Bad idea.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Ask me again in one year’s time. Right now I’m happy with “Willem of the Tafel”, just as it is.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Yes, I use social media, traditional PR, I blog, I do blog tours, I do conventions. I’m still trying to learn. I’ve only been writing fiction seriously for two years. I’m practically still a virgin… Well, maybe not.
So far, nothing’s put me on the New York Times bestseller lists…
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The reunion of Willem and Hery, outside the palace in Antananarivo. Makes me cry just thinking about it.

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.

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The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize!

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