Erik Hanberg


Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. Novels, screenplays, plays, even a stray poem or two. He lives in Tacoma Washington with his wife Mary and his new daughter. In addition to writing novels, he was elected in 2011 as a park commissioner on the park board of Tacoma.

The Lattice Trilogy

Byron Shaw can track and find anyone on Earth. Except the people who tried to kill him.

By 2081, privacy no longer exists. The Lattice enables anyone to re-live any moment of your life. People can experience past and present events—or see into the mind of anyone, living or dead.

Most people love it. Some want to destroy it.

Colonel Byron Shaw has just saved the Lattice from the most dangerous attack in its history. Now he must find those responsible. But there’s a question nobody’s asking: does the Lattice deserve to be saved?

The answer may cost him his life.

Arthur Beautyman Mysteries

The Saints Go Dying (2010), The Marinara Murders (2011), and The Con Before Christmas (2012) are about Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective. All three books can be easily enjoyed as stand-alone mysteries.

Helping Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits

Based on his years of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and leadership, Hanberg published "The Little Book of Gold," a fundraising guide for small (and very small) nonprofits and The "Little Book of Likes," a social media guide for small (and very small) nonprofits.

When he was just 23, Erik Hanberg was hired to run a non-profit arts organization with an annual budget just over $600,000. Two years later, he had increased the budget to $800,000, and increasing fundraising more than 400%.

Since then he has worked in development at multi-million dollar non-profit, and has volunteered on many boards.

He was most recently the Executive Director of a small civic non-profit and currently sits on the distribution committee for a foundation that gives away more than $200,000 a year.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first “novel” when I was in the seventh grade. It was 80 pages long and I thought it was a masterpiece. I was going to be the first middle-school bestseller. I later wrote a sequel in eighth grade. Then another sequel in ninth grade. Finally I realized I had an actual novel, and put it together as a single book.

Since then, I’ve written another ten novels, and two non-fiction books. It's helpful to know that even at a young age, I'd finished a novel. When I get stuck, my inner critic tells me, “You finished a novel in middle school, why can’t you finish this one now?” It propels me forward.

Also, I was a pretty nerdy kid.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm really interested in the line between public and private. I'm an elected official in my hometown of Tacoma, so I have to be comfortable with the idea that a lot of information about me is out there.

The idea of a world where there is no privacy seemed fascinating to me. We seem to be on a path to that already, so I really wanted to poke around that idea.

That's when I came up with ... the Lattice. A kind of super-Internet that knows the exact location of every atom in the solar system. Because of its immense knowledge, people's privacy is entirely stripped away. Of course, many people hate the Lattice, as it's destroyed their personal lives. On the other hand, there's virtually no crime, because it's 100% certain you will be caught.

The tension between the good and the bad sides of the Lattice drive the story, through the main character, Byron Shaw, who is in charge of defending it. At some point he starts to wonder "Does the Lattice deserve to be saved?"
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Erik Hanberg online

Where to buy in print


The Little Book of Boards: A Board Member's Handbook for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 47,250. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Non-profit business
Are you new to a board and have no idea what’s expected of you? Do you know what a board’s six key responsibilities are? Do you know what your relationship with the Executive Director should be? If not, this book is for you. Perfect for any new board member—or for an entire board that is feeling lost—this book and its common sense approach will serve you every year you are on the board.
The Lead Cloak
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,080. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Privacy is a thing of the past. Which makes the ability to keep a secret the ultimate power. The Lattice--humanity’s most staggering creation. It allows its users to experience past and present events-or see into the mind of anyone, living or dead. Most people love it. Some want to destroy it.
Three Arthur Beautyman Mysteries
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 134,770. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
This is a specially priced box set of three mysteries in the Arthur Beautyman series (#1, #2, #3). It includes The Saints Go Dying, The Marinara Murders, and The Con Before Christmas (a novella).
The Con Before Christmas [A Novella]
Series: Arthur Beautyman Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,480. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Her identity and her life savings stolen just before Christmas, Ruth Beautyman and her son Arthur must chase down the con artists who took everything. Together they must come to terms with the challenges of their own relationship as mother and son, business partners, and detectives. This novella is approximately 22,000 words (roughly 90 pages).
The Little Book of Gold: Fundraising for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Series: For Small (And Very Small) Nonprofits, Fundraising. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 37,800. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Non-profit business
The Little Book of Gold is dedicated to helping small (and very small) non-profits unlock their fundraising potential. Avoid common pitfalls and get tips on proven methods that work. This short guide helps new Executive Directors, active board chairs, and other key staff in charge of fundraising to learn the basics of professional and sustainable fundraising.
The Marinara Murders
Series: Arthur Beautyman Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,110. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A grown man living in his mother's basement, disgraced detective Arthur Beautyman knows his life has fallen off a cliff. But that doesn't mean he has to be happy about his mother's solution to his woes: volunteering him to solve a case for her favorite bridge partner. Oh, and to make matters worse, she wants to be his partner on the case as well ...
The Saints Go Dying
Series: Arthur Beautyman Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 59,420. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Arthur Beautyman, a computer hacker turned detective, is hunting a serial killer targeting modern day saints. Against him is an unscrupulous reality TV show and a member of his own department, who doesn't know the hacker she's tailing is in the office next door. It's a deadly cat-and-mouse game set against the lights of Hollywood.

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