Peter Hansen Interview

Today I'd like to welcome Peter Hansen to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Peter.

Tell us about First Watch, your first book with Riptide Publishing.
First Watch is a kind of deeply disturbed love triangle between two men and a tentacle monster on a submarine. Edouard Montreuil, desperate to escape his captain's gelatinous clutches, recruits his old comrade Farid Ruiz to help him take down the monster whom he serves. When the plan falls through, however, Edouard must put aside his own fear to rescue the man he'd hoped would save him.

When did you first start writing? What made you want to become a writer?
I started writing when I was just a little kid. Even when I was tiny, I wanted to take people on adventures to imaginary places -- and although at first I kept those places in my head, eventually I had to store them somewhere. The library always appealed to me as a storage model for ideas; I just had to put the words onto the page, and there my world would be, ready for exploring.

What satisfies you about your writing?
There's no feeling quite like getting the right combination of words in the right order. It's like hearing the tumblers click over for the very first time in the lock of your first apartment -- it feels like coming home, but it also feels like beginning a new adventure.

How did you celebrate selling First Watch?
I took myself out for Indian food and dined like a king on lentils and spinach. Leftovers for days.

Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
I always have multiple projects going at once, so whenever I get blocked on one thing, I always have something else to take its place. Many of them are just "seed projects" -- I write them because working on them unblocks me, not because I ever intend to publish them -- but they're great ways to step back from my primary projects and then come back with fresh eyes.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Apparently, there's a cover art request form. I don't know why, but I find the whole concept fascinating -- for some reason, I'd always thought the author and cover artist would huddle up over a desk with ominous-looking briefcases and maybe a nice bottle of Chianti between them, and they'd negotiate until both had an arrangement they found satisfying. The reality looks a lot less like a mob movie and a lot more like The Office.

What were your feelings when First Watch was accepted and when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
Is "Wow!" a feeling? That was definitely the feeling I had when I saw the cover. It wasn't at all what I'd envisioned, because I'm all about the desaturated palettes and the stark lines, but it was fantastic in its own right. Very pulp SF, with vivid blue highlights and electric greens, and absolutely entrancing eyes. Seriously, it took me about six looks to realize that the man had a sixpack you could take to a tailgating party.

What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
I honestly can't say. I'm bad at deadlines. The Weight of a Gun anthology will be out in December from Storm Moon Press, and my short story "Changing the Guard" will be in it. I'll be submitting to another anthology of theirs this fall; I'm also starting work on a sequel to First Watch, but I'm always a little cagy about historicals until I've got the background really down. Expect something from me in the next six months, but it's as likely to be contemporary thriller as historical horror. Heck, I might even try writing romance; I hear romance readers like a little of that in their books. ;)

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Word processor, spreadsheets, sticky notes. You can technically get by with just the sticky notes, but be prepared to dedicate a whole wall to them.

What book has influenced your life the most?
A single book? That's a tough one; trilogies were in vogue when I was first picking up novels to read. Probably Edith Hamilton's Mythology -- I must've read that cover to cover eleven times, and to this day, I'm always looking for the supernatural in the ordinary. I'm still waiting for that eagle to whisk me away to mix margaritas for the gods.

What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I spent half my high school career attempting to build a lightsaber.

What mythical animal best describes your personality?
There's a scene in The Once and Future King where Sir Palomides and Sir Grummore dress themselves up as a Questing Beast to snap their old friend Pellinore out of his lovesick funk -- and that's the mythical animal I'd be. A gigantic, ridiculous-looking fraud with a host of good intentions, careening about wildly through the forest.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Right here! You can also find me on Twitter @P_HansenWrites.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve:
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.

Thank you for spending time with us today Peter!

Interviewed by: Tammy