Interview with Austin Hahn

When did you first start writing?
When I was ten years old. I was that nerdy kid in grade school who wrote five-page long stories for fun. Ha, ha!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was about dumb bunnies. Ha, ha, ha, ha! Apparently, according to my fourth-grade self, they do wear sports bras.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Aloha, Oregon. (Pronounced "uh-low-uh" not as in "Aloha!" like in Hawaii. Ha, ha, ha, ha!) A significant portion of the population was Hispanic and Spanish-speaking, so I had to learn the language. Of course, I'm still learning. I'll find a word in Spanish that I don't even know in English when translated. Knowing another language has helped me to expand my vocabulary as a writer. Occasionally, I'll write something in Spanish first, and then I'll write it in English. That doesn't happen often, but when it does, such as when I wrote "Hay Amores (There are Loves)" the work is incredible!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to express myself without anyone's judgement, and I can share knowledge that I wouldn't be able to in everyday conversation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love dancing, going out to bars and nightclubs, and studying psychology. Funny ideas will also randomly come into my head, and I'll be thinking about what I'm going to write next. I'm crazy. Ha, ha, ha!
How did you come up with your current ebook title?
Funny you should ask. I was looking online for words that described a collection of work, and "anthology" popped into my mind, so I thought, "An an Anthology from . . ." because the work comes from me! Later on, I was thinking of a creative title for one of my new blogs, and I decided to call it "An Ethereal Whore." I chose the word "ethereal" because I have been told that I seem too good for this world. People have said I'm "sweet" or a "sweetheart" throughout the majority of my life; and I chose "whore" because I spread myself everywhere, and everyone has had a piece of me, ha, ha, ha, so there you go!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The traditional publishing market was not working out for me. Either I was ignored, ha, ha, ha, (who would ignore me?), or rejected because I wasn't what they were looking for, so I said, "Screw it! I'm going to find someone who will publish me," so that's how I landed up on Smashwords. Ha, ha, ha!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have saved my life!!! Ha, ha, ha! I actually have a shrine dedicated to them. No. Just kidding! (*Big smile.*) They have provided me with a platform to reach an audience bigger than anything I could've imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity. I think because of companies such as Smashwords, it's easier for indie authors to enter the publishing industry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love living life. I know that my youth is over before my actual life is, so I do what I can now as a young person, while I have the energy, ha, ha ha, to make a positive impact on the world. One of my inspirations, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who I also mention in my book, was taken at the age of 23. Your life can be taken away from you at any moment, so I don't take anyone or anything in my life for granted. I motivate myself by doing what I feel is in alignment with my soul's purpose, which is communication whether it's through the spoken or written word, and that's why I enjoy everything I do. When I wake up, I don't think, "Ah man! I can't wait until this is over with." I love what I do.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are the reason I don't have to prostitute myself, (yay), ha, ha, ha! In all sincerity, I appreciate anyone who supports my work. I sacrificed a lot of my time to write this book. I'll never forget when I was seventeen watching an interview of Michael Jackson from the late 1980s with Ebony magazine on YouTube, and he said, "A lot of people . . . they're used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce that outcome." As someone who has done theatre and as a writer, I can tell you that artists have to spend months, and sometimes even years, working behind the scenes in solitude. It's not until our work comes out when people marvel at us, but when we're working, people shun us as if we're just space occupiers here on earth. Ha, ha! When I would tell people, "I'm a writer," they would say,
"Oh. He's one of 'those.'" Ha, ha, ha!
I would try to explain to people, but I had a hard time getting through to them, "This takes time. Art, whether it's literary, painting, sculpting, music, etc. is a process," so when I have someone who believes enough in me to buy my work, I don't take that lightly. They're the reason why I continue to do what I do. Because if it's crap, and no one's going to buy it, what's the point, right? Ha, ha, ha! I would just be investing my time into something useless that wouldn't contribute to the economical or psychological well-being of society, and I would be making no money! In short, they are the reason why I can look back and say, "I never wasted my time."
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm currently wanting to open a botanica in Seattle, which is a spiritual supplies store that sells a variety of products ranging from candles, colognes, herbs, oils, perfumes, and items for La Santa Muerte, Santería, and other deities and religions. As far as writing goes, I have several ideas. After writing my tribute to the late Joan Rivers, I became inspired to write my own comical diary from her last book, Diary of a Mad Diva. I also would like to take a creative risk and write on controversial topics such as gender socialization, murder, rape, and sexuality. The book would be dark and highly erotic, but enlightening and transformational. I'm all about pushing boundaries to help heal humanity by exploring and exposing sociological toxicity; and I do that through my writing, but it all comes from a place of love. Nothing has been set in stone yet though, so stay tuned. Ha, ha, ha!
Published 2017-06-24.
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Books by This Author

An Anthology from an Ethereal Whore
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 24,950. Language: American English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Whether you enjoy a good laugh, a disciplined approach to research, or exploring visceral sensation through literature, Hahn is sure to leave readers at the edge of their seats brimming with anticipation. An Anthology from an Ethereal Whore is an esoteric composition of healing, reincarnated knowledge, and spiritual insight that plunges into the human body and psyche, leaving no stone unturned.