Yay! The paperback of Gerald Hansen’s fourth book, Best Served Frozen, has just appeared on Amazon (the other sites will follow). If you want to be the first on the block to get a copy, just click the link above!
Another book, another photo shoot. Many thanks to Marcin Kaliski for making Gerald Hansen look so great! Visit the website of this photographer supreme! Have a look, click on the link above!
After seeing the publishers put the prices of Gerald Hansen’s paperbacks up month after month, we’ve fought back and are offering our own versions. Exactly the same as the old versions…but cheaper! Yay! Get your paperback copy of Hand In The Till today! Just click on the link above to be taken to Amazon. B&N, etc. to follow.
After seeing the prices of Gerald Hansen’s paperback books inch up month after month, we’ve taken action and released our own versions! Exactly the same as the originals, only cheaper! What a deal! Get yours today! Just click on the link above to be taken to Amazon! B&N, etc. to follow soon!
Love! Death! Religion! Ham Hocks! All jam-packed into a rip-roaring read that will have you barking with laughter (hopefully)! Best Served Frozen, the fourth in bestselling author Gerald Hansen’s Barnett-Flood saga will be out on Ebook Saturday, June 28, 2014. Just in time for the beach! Paper book and launch party to follow, July 27, 2014. Spread the word, guys!
Gerald Hansen’s fourth book, Best Served Frozen, will drop June 2014. Following the success of Fleeing The Jurisdiction, and amazing sales (#15 Barnes and Noble last March), Hansen releases his next installment of the feud between the Floods and the Barnetts that is sure to keep the growing army of ‘Fansens’ worldwide furiously flipping the pages.
Another darkly humorous, gritty novel set in Derry, Northern Ireland and Wisconsin, USA, Best Served Frozen once again pits the working class Floods against their lottery winning relatives the Barnetts. But this time around, Ursula and Jed Barnett find their bank account at nil, and apply to be on Attack of the Killer Investors, an investment reality show, to help their floundering beef jerky business. In Derry, Catholic Dymphna Flood is all set to marry Protestant Rory Riddell. But things can never be straightforward with Fionnuala Flood as the mother-of-the-bride from Hell, jumping from scheme to scheme to scrounge up the money for the wedding cake. Add bomb scares, Marian apparitions, toxic hairspray, mystery illnesses, and the Barnetts showing up in Derry to attend what they think is Dymphna’s funeral, and you have all the ingredients for another explosive rollercoaster ride of hilarity. Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but frozen is even better!
The e-book will be out mid-June, the book mid-July. The launch party will be held in New York City mid-July. Keep your calendars poised for the exact date, to be posted soon.
Thanks once again to the amazing BookBub, An Embarrassment of Riches sold in bucketloads in August! It reached #11 on Barnes and Noble and #7 on iTunes! And considering it was #4 on Amazon back in April, that means it’s a Top 10 Amazon and iTunes bestseller (and Top 11 Barnes and Noble). Gerald Hansen is truly now a ‘bestselling author!’ Many, many thanks to all who got the book!
What inspires you to write?
My first book was inspired by true events, as they say. My parents won the lottery when they were retired in Northern Ireland, and many things happened because of that. I actually just took that situation and went wild with it. As the books continue, the characters nowadays (and even in the first book!) have nothing whatsoever to do with the ‘real’ people involved. Now I’m on my fourth book with them, and, I admit, they seem to write the books on their own!! I do take inspiration from things I see in everyday life (and in NYC, where I live, there are certainly crazy things happening all the time!), and somehow they make their way into the books.
Tell us about your writing process.
Hmm. I start with where I want to end, and then work backwards, figuring out the most entertaining and interesting (I hope!) way that all the characters can get to where they are. I do have a general outline about what I want to happen after that first creative spark. But when I write, it’s as if I’ve planned an itinerary for a very long trip, sort of like an entire season of the Amazing Race.. Each chapter is a separate stop on the trip. I know from the beginning where I will be visiting and what I sill ‘see; when I get there. That’s the plan anyway. Many times things go just as I have planned (just like, for example, I stepped off the plane at, let’s say, Buenos Aires, and it was exactly how I imagined it). But other stimes, when I ‘arrive,’ it’s very, very different. (just as if I lost my luggage or all my cash was stolen). And then I have to change my itinerary to fit in with what happened.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely!! As I’ve explained before, they DO seem to take on a life of their own and, knowing them as well as I do now, having taken ‘three journeys’ with them before (three books), and now embarking on the fourth, they sometimes tell me what to do.
What advice would you give other writers?
I don’t know how this statistic could ever be proven, but I read somewhere that only 2 or 3 % of people who ever start books (and everyone wants to write a book!) finish the book. My advice to other writers…FINISH THAT BOOK!!!! And…right now, 2013, is a FANTASTIC and EXCITING time to get your book out there and into the hands of real readers!! Ebooks and wonderful sites like BookGoodies make everything SO EASY!! DO IT!!!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I finished my first book, An Embarrassment of Riches, in 2007 (before the Ebook craze), I realized I had two paths ahead of me. I had been sending out emails to agents for MONTHS, and although I got rather far with a few, it seemed to me that they were buckling their belts, and that, unlike decades ago, you now had to get the approval of an entire boardroom of people in order to be picked up. And that was only for an agent!! They might not even be able to get your book published!! I knew I could spend my time (a) running to my computer day after day, month after month, year after year, getting older and older, waiting for someone to accept me, or I could (b) do it all myself. I chose the latter. And, boy, am I happy I did. I’ve NEVER looked back! First came the critical acclaim (all reviewers said it was great, then Colin Quinn, yes, THE Colin Quinn, said it was his second favorite book!). But there weren’t many sales. Then, when the second book, Hand In The Till, came out, it was 2011 and ebooks were all the rage. BAM! Then came the sales!! Tens of thousands of sales! I’ve never, ever regretted a thing! Also, to tell you the truth, I have a friend who had a few NY TImes bestsellers, and she was jealous that my covers were nicer, the author photos were better, and that I had control over my destiny!!!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Another friend of mine told me the other night that 7 of the top 10 bestsellers on the Amazon Kindle charts were self-published (and that included 3 of the top 5).last week. And I think that chart is the future. Hmmm…as it happened last week, maybe it’s the now??? As I recall, when people first started paying a few hundred dollars for a Kindle or Nook, they were told –by industry I guess?–that the ‘cheap’ prices of ebooks compared to paper books would make up for it. But the publishing industry has the prices just as expensive as paper books now. Their greed is going to kill them!! I see this as similar to the fear that clutched the music industry when Shawn Fanning and Napster unleashed mp3s.I love ‘paper’ books, I really don’t like ebooks that much, but that’s the way of the world now, unfortunately for paper books. But…it’s fantastic for us self-published authors, so although it’s sad, it’s definitely much easier to get my books into people’s hands…all around the world!
What genres do you write?
Humor, Women’s FIction, Contemporary Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
Old news, but it must be immortalized! Thanks to an excellent promotion through the fantastic BookBub, last month An Embarrassment of Riches scaled the heights of the Amazon charts..finally resting at #4 on April 8 and 9. It was also #1 Humor, #1 Literary Fiction, #1 Historical Fiction #1 (I guess thanks to the few chapters that take place in 1973) and #2 Contemporary Fiction. Thanks to all of you…the almost 26,000 of you!…who downloaded it. What a month! BookBub is amazing!
Thanks to Booksliced.com for inviting me to chat to them! Read the interview at their site, http://booksliced.com/talks/gerald-hansen/, or here:
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Gerald Hansen: About My Writing Process
November 14th, 2012
A few years ago, my mom and dad won the Irish lottery. After they bought a house and two cars, there wasn’t much money left. Some members of my mother’s family seemed to have difficulty realizing the money wasn’t limitless. They weren’t very kind.
I sat down to capture this story in my first draft of An Embarrassment of Riches. After two years of writing, I realized it wasn’t exciting enough for fiction. I was too close to the people, and the real story had no arc, as is usual for real life events. So I ripped it up and began anew. I spiced things up. I threw in drugs, teen pregnancy, petrol bomb attacks, and a little girl who would stoop to any depths to procure the perfect Holy Communion Gown. And I added a backstory involving ‘my mother’ and the IRA.
‘My mother,’ because this character certainly wasn’t my real mother any more. I reimagined everyone involved in the feud over the lottery win. Someone who was a bit mean became downright nasty, someone who had more than one boyfriend dissolved into the town slut, those who drank socially became violent alcoholic thugs. And thus An Embarrassment of Riches was born.
Since it was released, it’s been a 2010 ABNA Semifinalist, comedian Colin Quinn’s second favorite book of all time (“A masterpiece,” he said), and, finally, when the sequel, Hand In The Till, was released last year, a massive bestseller. Thanks, in part, to excellent sites like BookSliced. I can’t thank the ebook industry enough for all their hard work getting writers’ works into readers’ hands. Hand In The Till is now on sale for 99 cents but, don’t worry, although the same characters are featured, the books can be read in any order.
The third, Fleeing The Jurisdiction, continues the feud between the Barnetts and the Floods, and just came out a few weeks ago. Colin Quinn will be helping me with the reading at the launch party in NYC this Sunday, and for that I can’t believe my good luck.
How do I write? The trick is totally divorcing myself from reality and letting my new creations write the story themselves. I now know these fictional characters so well, or at least my subconscious must, that all I need to do now is put them in situations (in Hand In The Till, for example, with someone accidentally stealing cans of vegetables with explosives inside, and a young girl’s dream to see Miley Cyrus in concert), and they seem to write the chapters themselves. Especially when I’m in the shower, so that I have to run half-naked to my desk to write their thoughts down!
Needless to say, my mother loves me, but as for her family, they don’t seem to understand that “the family” in the books isn’t them, although some have reached out tentatively to me, for which I’m grateful. There’s work I must do to make that come true. Perhaps another book will do it.