The Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings is ready for San Diego
Summer was hectic, and autumn has begun in a frenzy, with events every single weekend. No, I’m not talking about author events, although I’ve actually been to one in recent weeks, taking me from Sweden all the way to England. That was lots of fun. No, my weekends are very un-authorly. I am, after all, also a husband and father to a little two and a half year old boy. Just last week-end we were doing garden work, the kind where you realize summer’s over and you ‘really’ need to put away the lawn furniture, and cut the lawn one more time this season. We also took a final trip to the amusement park before they close their doors. Our outdoor season is quickly coming to a close and we get ready for a super busy fall. I think there’s a single weekend left before Christmas without anything on the schedule.
This weekend we had a guest, one of our son’s guardian angels was in town from Delhi. Next weekend something else beckons and then it’s time for my personal highlight this year: ten days with no kid and no household chores! Some of you might recognize the event as GRL…
I’m really looking forward to my trip to San Diego. I had so much fun in Chicago last year. Having come into the fold very, very late, I was unaware of any Facebook groups to chat and get to know each other, I flew into Chicago, an empty sheet of paper, innocent and probably a bit naïve. I was just blown away by what awaited me at my life’s first author convention. The good thing is that I’m really excited about my second GRL. The challenge to the organizers is of course to top last year’s experience. It’s really hard not to get over-excited. We’ve already spent so much time with each other online, all approximately four hundred of us, that it seems we can’t wait to finally replace the countless avatars on Facebook with real faces, hugs and endless chats. Not to mention to see the amazing costumes that some of the attendees have been working on for months for the Saturday extravaganza. I get anxiety just thinking about doing something like this… So I won’t even try. I’ll just blend in with jeans, t-shirt and a beer in hand to enjoy what others have accomplished.
As a newbie (I’ve only been in this industry for two years and two months…) I try to keep my expectations low, which is vital but difficult. I’m no gay rom super star, like some of the colleagues I’ve met and gotten to know. When you think of famous authors you kind of think of divas and fake smiles. There are those of course, but they’re the rare exception to the rule. They really are. So if you’re a reader, star struck and heading to GRL, worry not. Authors are, for the most part, just really nice people who happen to write books. Trust me, I’ve had my moment last year meeting a couple of writers I admire. We all do. The strange thing is when it happens to you, when you get e-mail and messages from people who’ve read your work and they go like “wow!” I’m like “wow, what?” We don’t even understand why people like us or our books, particularly not when you’ve just found a typo on page 478 after four rounds of editing and ten people proofing it. We feel like the pits and not at all like the stars you see us as…
I go to San Diego not with four books, like last year, but six novels in my baggage, and another, seventh, release looming before the end of the year. My first book this year was a foray into Science-Fiction, complete without star ships or aliens. It’s a story that deals with what could happen to our world if we don’t look after it, and as with all fiction, reality has a way of reminding us that it can get worse… But the story of Willem of the Tafel and handsome Hery is a reminder that it’s not too late for humanity, there will be a second chance, not just at looking after our world, but also at love.
The second novel, releasing on October 10, is called Spanish Bay, after a place between Monterey and Carmel on the California coast. It’s a significant place for the main protagonists of our story. I had long wanted to write something sweet and innocent for the younger generation, and this is a book that wants to show that a disability by no means has to be a handicap. I’m convinced, based on early feedback from readers and reviewers, that Spanish Bay will find its way into the hearts of people everywhere. Which leaves me with the final story of the year. I don’t even have a release date for it, nor a title (I’m still on the fence about a couple of choices), but it’s going to be my first ever (and last?) erotic novel, and with erotic I mean on the page sex so hot you won’t be able to restrain yourself. Trust me, I wasn’t, even writing it, I had to take breaks… Just saying! I think this will find its audience, too, and increase sales of tissue paper on a global level.
This year’s production from the Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings is versatile, like the queen herself, from socially aware contemporary science-fiction to bubbly romance to moisture inducing erotica. I hope you’ll come by my publisher’s table, approach me whenever/wherever you see me, and ask me about my work or anything else that interests you. I look forward to meeting you in San Diego!
Spanish Bay is a feel-good novel about two young men who, despite having the odds stacked against them, never give up, always see the silver lining, work hard, and are committed to their families, come what may.
Chris, a Texan native who recently moved to Carmel, rescues wheelchair-bound Neil from bullies. Neither question the love that develops between them, although their life together is not without challenges. When Chris’s parents die in a car accident, their young love faces the ultimate test. Will they be able to cope with the additional responsibility of raising Chris’s baby brother Frank, who is also confined to a wheelchair?
Spanish Bay is about love, overcoming obstacles, and finding happiness, wherever you are.
Spanish Bay is available for pre-order on if you want to read it before GRL, or you can get it from Beaten Track Publishing at GRL in paperback or as e-book with the GRL discount. To learn more about the man called the Queen of unconventional Happy Endings, feel free to visit his .
Hans M Hirschi