Interview with Stan Hanna

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, word of mouth has worked best for me. I believe facebook will eventually overcome that. I'm building my own website and will conduct a blog, updated weekly. That may help a lot.
Describe your desk
It's a perfect fit for my work area. My wife helped me get it and set it up. My wife is essential to my work because she's my first editor. I have been married to the woman for over forty-two years and I know her strengths and weaknesses. One of her strengths is to be able to tell me something is total b.s. and then tell me why she thought so, and be willing to tolerate my rants at her presumptuousness. (As I rant, my inner mind is scrambling for an alternative solution, or what would happen if the passage were dropped altogether.) Then she listens to my alternative, when I finally come up with one, and just as reasonably assesses my new proposed fix as though we had never disagreed. Good talent, that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas during the fifties and sixties. I went to a Catholic Junior Seminary in San Antonio, Texas from 1965 through 1970. Religion was put on hold for all of my class during those years. Luckily for me, I met my wife and married her. My work before joining the Navy was complicated and challenging. My Navy work was just as challenging. To say my life was complicated was to fail to understand the challenges of carrier work. My life was an emotional and intellectual nightmare. So was my life trying to work in the civilian sector after my life in the Navy. Nothing I did worked or seemed relevant to the times. Others with half my ability were getting rich, while I remained dirt poor. I became bitter. But one day, my wife asked me to write a novel. I did, and found my entire life had been a practice field, where I spent my time observing successful people and failures. I had stories of interest and I had characters to write about. Finally, I learned the magic rule in life. Nobody has to give you permission to write a good book. Nobody has to give you permission to market the book. Just do it.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing for the Navy in 1983. Naval writing is very structured in its format. You really have to know what you want to say and to not say to create a meaningful message. Later, I started writing formal textbooks for the Navy and later several companies. The work was important and required essential information be given to the reader and the reader understand they would be held accountable for performing to standards set up in those books. Then I started getting information from the public about the condition of the homeless and felt there was a good fiction book in that story. I received a subsequent call giving me even more information about that same homeless situation which caused me to start writing words about a story. That was in June of 2011.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a very serious book, that people would want to read, that emphasized the fact that, no one can depend upon another to do the right thing. Never. One can only choose to the best one can for himself and his loved ones. To blindly trust others and other organizations to choose to do the right thing is the act of a child attending some sort of academy. In the end, if you are trying to do the right thing, you have to live with the results. And if the results take you to a place out of line with what you had originally thought was right, then you MUST re-examine your assumptions in life about the institutions with which you're associated.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to write my book and let it go. I do not ever want to change my book merely to make it commercially attractive. I'm writing my books and blogs to honestly express my view of the world, not someone else's.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its a well-known e-book site and has shared more with me that I could ever bring to it. Coker's every word was like an arrow aimed directly at me. He tells me and you we are perfectly free to do whatever the hell we want, but since he's just finished climbing that particular peak, he suggests we try that set of hand holds first, if we truly want to get to the top of the mountain. He happens to have a failing which makes America great. He shares his knowledge and makes money if we succeed. And we don't go broke trying to learn our profession.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering new people, new places, unexpected surprises in every well thought out chapter. Teh surprise always blows up everything we've done before, and makes us create a better product.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert A. Heinlein and Tom Clancy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Another chapter to get out of my checklist.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working in the yard with my wife, taking care of my Dad's needs, drive to neat places in the area, paint flowers and other still life.
Published 2014-07-03.
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Books by This Author

Thou Art A Priest
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,280. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ripped from the latest headlines! A hurricane of conspiracy, scandal, sex, corruption and crime on every page. THOU ART A PRIEST is a crime thriller screaming for attention on every person’s E-reader. This is an indictment of every assumption Americans make about right, and good, and whom to trust. It’s as real as the latest front page of every person’s news source and impossible to put down.
Trinity River Flats
Price: $3.90 USD. Words: 116,100. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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TRINITY RIVER FLATS is a crime thriller filled with death, kidnappings, corruption, and sex, all broiling about like snakes, just below the surface of the Trinity River. The finger of the long arm of the Law is pointing at a stranger in town, Jack Andrews. He's become a patsy in someone's very well-laid plan. But Jack's no victim. He's a man, with a gun, a woman to win, and a killer to catch.