Gerald Hansen lived for years in his mother’s hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland and attended Dublin City University. As a Navy brat, he grew up in California, Thailand, London, Iceland and Germany. His first book, An Embarrassment of Riches, was a Semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. He lives in New York City.
When An Embarrassment of Riches was published in late 2007, it received rave reviews (Comedian Colin Quinn called it “A masterpiece” and Publishers Weekly “hysterical”), but not many readers. Astounding sales coincided, fortunately, with the release of the second book continuing the lottery-win-fuelled feud between the Barnett and Flood families, Hand In The Till, in 2011. The launch party was packed, and included Colin Quinn, who read with Hansen, and other comedic celebrities such as Judah Friedlander, Gregg Rogell and Keith Robinson. The third, Fleeing The Jurisdiction, came out in 2012.
Derry, Northern Ireland is the setting for the first two books (in the third, the families meet on a cruise ship), and is as much a main character as matriarch from Hell Fionnuala Flood and the ever-suffering Ursula Barnett. Social injustice, the politics of envy and family dysfunction are explored in Hansen’s work with a humor “as pitch-black as the moors of the Emerald Isle itself.” (Riot, Burning Leaves.com)
When Hansen isn’t writing, he can be found traveling the world (but only thanks to an extremely generous friend in the airline industry), compiling his list of favorite songs of the year (usually from the British Top 40), and trying to stick to his small portions diet.