#NewRelease Spotlight: WILLEM OF THE TAFEL, by Hans M. Hirschi @hans_hirschi

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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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Willem of the Tafel deals with racism, not that I had specifically wanted to, but I was almost coerced into doing it. When I approached some of my contacts in the States about writing a story about a black hero, the backlash (“no one’s going to read this”, “you’ll get no press with a black hero” etc.) was so powerful and decisive that I just couldn’t go on writing about my proposed hero. I was at an impasse, lost, for days. Carefully I progressed, let my – still black – hero show us Tafel through his eyes, help us understand what happened, why they were there etc. but slowly things shifted and a solution emerged. In a society where blacks were in power, where blacks were in majority, couldn’t, wouldn’t roles be reversed?

Enter Willem, a young man, pale, sickly white-transparent skin, victim of bullying, the last born white member of Tafel. And our hero. By reversing colors, I was able to write a story that readers would buy (even the biggots who would have no clue that Willem was truly ‘black’ at heart) and I was given a powerful topic to write about, the meaninglessness of racism in today’s world, reflected through a future society.

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There were complications, as in this world, at least the people above ground had long ago realized that to survive on a post-apocalyptic world, they could no longer hold on to such petty concepts as racism, prejudice etc. Instead, all tribes had interbred over the centuries leaving most people with a “brownish” skin so to speak. This is a well known fact in genetics that the “white” skin is doomed, as its gene is recessive and usually doesn’t make it in children of mixed heritage. The real question I was facing was how would the people of the Tafel, who had held on to the old ways, our ways, react to a world where race no longer was an issue, if they ever found out. That is part of the story of Willem of the Tafel.

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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.”

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!

Good luck and happy reading and winning!
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#Author Spotlight: Christina Ow

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Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

  1. What genre(s) do you write? Romance in contemporary, paranormal and fantasy. My characters are IR/MC couples.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The writing. There is this meme about having voices in your head. For authors we need those voices, those characters, in writing the book because when they go silent, I end up staring at a blank page for hours even days. It’s not fun at all especially when there deadline is looming in the horizon.

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Both. Before I begin a book, I plot it out. How I would like it to begin, the climax, the conflict and finally the ending. But sometimes the book takes a life of it’s on and the only thing that stuck to the plan was the beginning.

  1. How long have you been a writer? Five years.

  1. How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published? The first book I ever wrote just got published in January- Fate Reborn. So I would say from the first word written to publication, four and a half years.

  1. What other careers have you had? I have a BA in International Studies and Communications & Media, and a Diploma in Law. I worked at a law firm, and a fashion house while studying. But at the moment, I’m a writer and a fashion designer. This is where the ‘We make plans and God laughs’ joke comes in.

  1. What else would you like readers to know about you or your work? My books are just different social circumstances and how I think I would react to them. For example, a cheating boyfriend? Would I just burst up his stuff or other things on his body his emotionally attached to?

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot? Mombasa, Kenya. It’s beautiful, it’s hot and has the best night life during the holidays. It’s also home, nothing beats that.

  1. Which food could you not live without? Chocolate. I would wither away without chocolate.

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you travel? Italy. There is just something about Italy that has me drooling over it.

  1. Do you have siblings? What was it like growing up with them? Yes, a twin, and an older sister. Growing up, let’s just say, it was complicated. No one likes to share but people seem to think just because you’re a twin, it’s a given.

  1. Do you have a favorite snacks that you drink when you write? Orange juice, chutney chips and chocolate chip cookies

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Book Blurb:

Life had been great these past few weeks. I have a hot boyfriend, got back my dad and my adopted sisters were happy with their significant others. Life was good. That is until I started getting attacked by bouts of pain that would render me unconscious. Something was wrong with me, Ash knew but he wasn’t sharing. Worse than that, Steve in the worst form possible is back to haunt me. And Ash with his hug archaic pride just won’t let it go. Oh, but I haven’t gotten to the worst part yet…hell!

What’s a girl to do to get some long term happiness?

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