Tell us briefly about yourself.
I was born in the last century and I’m still here. Nothing else to report.
What have you had published?
I have over three dozen short stories and a few fiction writing articles that have been published. I also have a novel called Fool’s Gold in print and ebook editions and an ebook on fiction writing called Build a Better Story.
About Tunnel Vision: what’s the hook?
Live longer. Laughter is good for your health. Read this book and you may live longer.
So what’s in it for the buyer? Unusual characters, settings both strange and familiar, and bizarre plots are a few of the things you’ll experience and enjoy.
Aren’t you tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Well, you won’t find any stories like that here. It doesn’t take anything serious. Politicians, Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings, the military, aliens, the undead, they all get cut down a notch or two.
What’s your favorite story in Tunnel Vision?
I think it’s MacBeth the Sequel. If you remember the Shakespeare play, he had three walk-ons who were witches. They showed up occasionally and made obscure predictions. They didn’t even have names; they were Witch 1, Witch 2 and Witch 3 in the script although they were known collectively as the Wryd Sisters.
Well, they’re no longer walk-ons. Now they are stars. They even have first names. They are middle-aged, obese, ugly and virginal. The Laird of the Loch has threatened to kill their pet, Nessie (Yeah, that’s right; their pet is the Loch Ness Monster). They hasten to the loch to stop the laird who is also the inventor of golf and golf tournaments. While they try to stop the nefarious laird, they also hope to meet a few lusty yeomen who will be willing to harvest their hymens.
Who is your favorite character in this collection?
Zaftig the Magnificent. He’s an alien from Zaftan 31B. I love writing about Zaftans. They make such wonderful villains. They are seven-foot tall, weigh over four hundred pounds, have eight tentacles and resemble giant squids. All Zaftans consider treachery and assassination to be social skills. They always list successful acts of treachery and murder on their resumes.
Do these stories have a message or a common theme?
All the stories are about characters who have tunnel vision. We all have it to some degree, but my characters have it to an extraordinary degree. This overabundance of tunnel vision generates much of the humor as my characters react in surprising ways.
What’s Fool’s Gold about?
It’s a retelling of the ancient myth about the Rhinegold. My version takes place in the future rather than in the Dark ages. I also replace fantasy creatures with two different races of aliens. A Ring of Power? Forrrgetttaboutit. Now it’s a Chip of Power.
And Build a Better Story?
In this book, I describe a process to put together a story. It’s based on my own writing experiences and on critiquing hundreds of stories. I think it will be a great resource for inexperienced writers.
What do reviewers or readers say about the collection?
Heres a review from the Readers Favorite web site: “Tunnel Vision is a collection of short stories with a science fiction theme. The stories, all previously published, have bizarre characters including: witches, the Loch Ness Monster, dwarves and a dead baseball player.
The stories are quick reads and quite amusing. This is a refreshing change from more serious Sci Fi stories.”
Does reading your stories have any possible side-effects?
A. I’m glad you asked that because there are precautions that should be taken by readers. First, check with your doctor to determine if you are healthy enough to take part in spontaneous laughter. Second, if you are suffering from a contagious disease such as the flu, wear a mask to limit the spread of airborne germs when you laugh out loud. Finally, no one should read my stories while driving a car or operating heavy machinery.
How can folks learn more about you and your stories?
My website http://hankquense.com has a lot of stuff about me and my stories and my writing. My blog http://hankquense.com/blog has several new posts every week. I blog about my books, the characters I create, life in modern times, book reviews and even an occasional rant.
Here is a Youtube link to a trailer for the MacBeth: the Sequel. It’s one of the stories in the collection.