Willem of the Tafel by
Hans M. Hirschi
Beaten Track Publishing
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2015
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.
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.
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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