Hank Quense

Biography

I write humorous fantasy and science fiction along with an occasional article on fiction writing. I live with wife Pat in Bergenfield, NJ. We have two daughters and five grandchildren.
To date, I have over three dozen stories and articles published. My novel Fool's Gold is a sci-fi retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. Tunnel Vision, a collection of twenty previously published stories is available in ebook and print formats. I'm working on a trilogy that is a blend of fantasy and science fiction, another collection of stories and a fantasy novel and a non-fiction book on self-marketing for authors.
My nonfiction work includes a ebook on fiction writing: Build A Better Story.

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Books

Moxie's Problem
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,270. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Do you enjoy untypical coming-of-age stories? Well you find one more untypical that Moxie’s Problem. Moxie has never been outsider her father’s castle. Until now. The real world is quite different and she struggles to come to grips with reality. The story takes place against a backdrop of Camelot. But it isn’t the Camelot of legends. It’s Camelot in a parallel universe.
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014
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Price: Free! Words: 37,210. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
Want to discover new writers? Want to find new voices? Here’s how. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014 is a collection of works from talented writers of all kinds.
Business Basics for Authors
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Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
If you’ve published a book, you now own a business. This book contain insights and advice on how to run that business.
Self-publishing Guides: Self-publishing a Book
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Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,430. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Uploading files to a  packager isn't the entire scope of work. That's actually the easiest task, but there are many more necessary tasks to be done..  This book explains the entire self-publishing process.  It breaks up the publishing process into four timeframes starting four months before the availability date. This spreads the workload into easy-to-manage chunks.
Self-Publishing Guides: Marketing Plans for Self-published Books
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Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
(5.00)
Publishing a book is only part of work. The marketing work also has to be done. That's the part most authors don’t understand or like. This book can help.
Wotan's Dilemma
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,210. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This story is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. The original story tales place in the Dark Ages. This version takes place in a future Dark Ages with the fantasy creatures replaced by aliens. The story has beautiful goddesses, magical gold, quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?
Self-publishing Guides: Manage Your Self-publishing Project
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Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Self-publishing a book is a complicated process that unfolds over a period of months. This ebook explains and manages that process. Using a project management approach, the ebook lays out the entire process in an understandable format.
Story Design Forms
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Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This ebook contains forms on Setting, Character Building, Plot and Scene Design. There is a blank copy that be duplicated and/or modified for your own use. There is also a second copy. This one is either filled out as an example or is annotated. These forms can be used to focus the writer's creativity.
Manage Your Story Design Project
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Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Manage Your Story Design Project gives you an innovative way to control the development of a work of fiction. It uses mind maps to provide a graphical layout that allows a simple visual representation of complex ideas. It provides an easy method to monitor story development using a proven story design process.
Falstaff's Big Gamble
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,590. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland. There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf. These two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus. Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff
Zaftan Miscreants
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,070. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Two very different cultures clash in outer space. One, the gundies, is composed of humans, dwarfs, elves and other fantasy creatures. The second, the zaftans, are huge, nasty and belligerent aliens. Against this backdrop, the two main characters, different from everyone around them, struggle to survive because their uniqueness causes their environments to become decidedly hostile.
Mini-Collection
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 21,900. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
Download an hour of solid entertainment! Three of my best short stories available now in one download. The previously published stories include: Saving the Shore, Lucy in Love and Sponsored By ... Enjoy some laughs with two humorous fantasy story and one satiric Scifi story.
The Strange Worlds of Hank Quense
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Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.67)
I've created two strange worlds for my characters to romp around in. Gundarland is inhabited by humans, elves, dwarfs and other fantasy creatures. Zaftan 31B is the home world of a race of nasty, snarly and foul-smelling aliens known as Zaftans, naturally. This ebook provides a tongue-in-cheek look at these worlds. Check it out!
Zaftan Entrepreneurs
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,570. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously?  Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief.  Here, you'll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies.  What more could readers ask for?
Build a Better Story
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Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,350. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Have a story that needs to be told? Here's the best way to go about doing it. The book describes a process that eases the work involved in developing a story. This reduces the time spent in reworking flawed and imperfect drafts. Following the process allows more time to be spent on the creative activities and shortens the time spent on less creative work.
Tales From Gundarland
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,740. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.00)
Laughter is like free health insurance: you can't get too much of it. It's filled with delightful entertainment. Without commercial interruption! There are six short stories and two novellas in here. All are new works. You'll meet some of Shakespeare's most famous characters, a warrior-cook, vigilantes, and beautiful, lusty princesses to mention a few of the memorable characters in the stories

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Smashwords book reviews by Hank Quense

  • Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition on Jan. 13, 2013

    Here is an unusual book on fiction writing by my friend and fellow author, Mary Deal: Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition. It's full of writing help. The tips are good ones and cover material that you don't see in fiction writing books. It's especially ideal for new writers, but also for writers who occasionally need some clarification in grammar and composition. It is also useful for those who are thinking of trying their hand at writing fiction: it will give them an excellent feel for what to expect and what not to expect.