Erik Hanberg

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Erik Hanberg has been a writer all his life. He lives in Tacoma Washington with his wife Mary and two children.

In addition to writing novels, Erik Hanberg is an expert in nonprofit management, fundraising, marketing, and leadership. His books for nonprofits have sold more than 10,000 copies.

He has served as the director of two nonprofits, the interim executive director of two more, and served in positions in marketing and fundraising. He has been on more than twelve boards. In addition, he has consulted with nonprofit boards and staff of dozens and dozens of nonprofits and foundations across the country.

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?"
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Zebras In London
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,780. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2019 by Erik Hanberg. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
As a rebellious teenager, Yvonne Grayling burnt her grandmother Lana’s house to the ground. Five years later, and still wracked with guilt, Yvonne goes to London to replace the only irreplaceable item lost in the fire: a rubbing of a brass gravestone given to Lana during World War II by her first love. That quest will uncover long-buried secrets from her family's past.
The Con Before Christmas [A Novella]
Series: Beautyman & Beautyman Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,030. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013 by Erik Hanberg. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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 Marinara Murders
Series: Beautyman & Beautyman Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,040. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011 by Erik Hanberg. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,090. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2010 by Erik Hanberg. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Arthur Freeman, 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.


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.
The Lead Cloak
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Iron Harvest
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Tin Whistle
Price: $4.99 USD.
Beautyman & Beautyman Mysteries
Arthur Beautyman and his mother Ruth form an unlikely detective team, but together they are a joy to read. Watch this mother and son tackle tricky cases in Minneapolis and the Midwest.


The Tin Whistle
Series: The Lattice Trilogy, III. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,360. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
How do you fight a war when the enemy knows your every thought? Byron Shaw is in the fight of his life. His family are hostages, orbiting the Earth in a spaceship that could be destroyed any minute. His enemies are preparing for a final assault. And his allies are powerless help him. So begins the gripping final chapter in The Lattice Trilogy.
The Iron Harvest
Series: The Lattice Trilogy, II. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,020. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Hiding is easy. Staying alive is the problem. Byron Shaw is the focus of a worldwide manhunt, led by the man he once called a friend. Everywhere he turns he finds more danger. Everyone who helps him risks their own life. With the Lattice destroyed, the systems the world relies upon have come undone. Shaw must fight his away across two continents if he ever wants to see his wife again.
The Little Book of Boards: A Board Member's Handbook for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Series: For Small (And Very Small) Nonprofits. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 47,250. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: 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
Series: The Lattice Trilogy, I. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,850. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
In the future, privacy is a thing of the past. If you like high-stakes action, thought-provoking dystopian themes, and gripping twists, then you’ll love Erik Hanberg’s cerebral page-turner that Kirkus reviews raves is "Staggeringly smart… Hanberg's expertly honed storytelling is sleek and fast… [an] entertaining tale."
The Little Book of Likes: Social Media for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Series: For Small (And Very Small) Nonprofits, Social Media. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 32,280. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Non-profit business, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Revised and expanded in 2019! The Little Book of Likes is dedicated to helping small (and very small) nonprofits build an audience on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. This short guide leads Executive Directors and nonprofit marketing managers through the ins and outs of a simple social media strategy that is effective and sustainable.
The Little Book of Gold: Fundraising for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Series: For Small (And Very Small) Nonprofits, Fundraising. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 38,080. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2012. Categories: 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.

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