Robert P. Hansen

Biography

Robert P. Hansen has taught community college courses since 2004 and is currently teaching introductory courses in philosophy and ethics. Prior to that, he was a student for ten years, earning degrees in psychology (AA, BA), philosophy (BA, MA-T), sociology (MA), and English (MA). Writing has been a hobby of his since he graduated high school, going through several phases that were influenced by what he was doing at the time.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he played Dungeons and Dragons, read fantasy novels, and wrote fantasy short stories. He was also influenced by country music, particularly ballads, and wrote a number of short fantasy ballads that were later incorporated into the long poem "A Bard Out of Time."

In the mid-1990s, college and work did not leave him much time for writing, and he mainly wrote poetry. It was during this period that he learned how to write sonnets and became obsessed with them. Since he was focused on developing the craft of poetry, it was a recurring theme in many of the poems from this period ("Of Muse and Pen"); however, as a student of psychology, psychological disorders were also of interest to him, and he wrote several sonnets about them ("Potluck: What's Left Over"). He also began to submit his poems for publication, and several appeared in various small press publications between 1994 and 1997.

Most of the poems appearing in "Love & Annoyance" (both the love poems and the speculative poems) were written while he was a student (1994-2004), and relate to his romantic misadventures and his discovery of philosophy, the proverbial love of his life.

The poems in "A Field of Snow and Other Flights of Fancy" do not fit into a specific period; they are humorous poems reflecting momentary insights or playful jests, which can happen at any time. However, most were written before 1999.

In 1999, his interest shifted to writing science fiction short stories. Most of these stories were a response to a simple question: Why would aliens visit Earth? The majority of these stories appeared in magazines published by Fading Shadows, Inc. He later returned to this question in 2013 to finish his collection, "Worms and Other Alien Encounters."

In 2003, he discovered the poetry of Ai as part of a project for a poetry workshop. Ai is known for her persona poems written from the perspective of serial killers, murderers, abusers, and other nasty characters. Her work inspired him, and he entered a dark period, writing several macabre persona poems similar to Ai's and compiling his thesis, "Morbidity: Prose and Poetry", which focused on death, dying, and killing. ("Last Rites ... And Wrongs" is an expansion of that thesis.)

While a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, he twice won the Roberta S. Tamres Sci-Fi Award for his short stories "Exodus" (2003) and "Cliche: A Pulp Adventure Story" (2004).

He did very little writing from 2004 to 2010; he was too busy developing or refining the courses he was teaching. From 2010 to 2013, he focused mainly on organizing, revising, and submitting the work he had already completed, which resulted in several poems and short stories being published. He wrote sporadically until the spring of 2013, when he finished the initial draft of his first full-length novel "The Snodgrass Incident," which expanded upon and integrated three short stories he had written in the fall of 2012.

In the fall of 2013, he prepared several collections (poems and stories) for publication on Amazon and made a final revision of "The Snodgrass Incident." These were posted early in 2014, and he redirected his attention to other projects, including revising a short fantasy novel and a collection of suspense-oriented fantasy/horror/science fiction stories.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Kindergarten?
I first started writing poetry when I was in high school. Most of it I ultimately threw away, but the practice of writing ballads helped me to develop a lyrical mindset. I started writing fiction in my early twenties. Between them, I designed adventures for my local group of dungeons and dragons, which became a kind of precursor to the fantasy stories I would later write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories to have a significant impact on me were probably the "Three Boys" series ("Three Boys and a Tugboat", "Three Boys and a Lighthouse") and the work of Edgar Allan Poe (particularly "The Raven" and his more macabre short stories, like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado"). However, the author that has had the greatest impact on me is Robert A. Heinlein. I read almost all of his books in the late 1980s, and they sparked my imagination and led me to read other masters of science fiction.
Actually, what impacted me the most was watching a television program. The first one I remember seeing (though not the first one I saw) is the horta episode of _Star Trek_, and I have little doubt that that program (and Spock in particular) shaped my later interests.
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Where to find Robert P. Hansen online


Books

Installments
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 63,220. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Installments is a complex, multi-tiered literary narrative. The outer level is about Harry, a mystery writer struggling with a new story, and the writers’ group helping him with it. The innermost level is the mystery story he is working on. The interplay between the two levels sheds light on the parts of the writing process readers seldom see in the final drafts of the stories they read.
2016: A Year of Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
The poems in this collection are diverse, with love, hate, murder, nature, social and political commentary, and many other topics being explored. Many of the poems also have a strong philosophical underpinning, with philosophers, philosophical questions, and historical / mythological figures being represented.
Please Don't Eat the Penguins
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 71,920. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
The earth has experienced a catastrophic environmental disaster that has left much of the world uninhabitable, and humanity has begun to colonize the solar system. Offworld postings are at a premium, and this year Moon Base has two openings—and six candidates. The testing of these candidates is usually routine, but not this time. This time, Meg Arnold is involved….
Aftermath (Book 1 of Aftermath Series)
Series: Aftermath. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 104,230. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Aftermath series is essentially Book 5 of my Angus the Mage series and assumes readers are familiar with the events and characters from that series. The first book is heavily reliant upon such knowledge and takes place between the last section of Angst (“An End of Things”) and the epilogue of that book. It continues the story of Hobart, Embril, Giorge, and Taro.
Exploitation and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 99,900. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Exploitation and Other Stories is a collection of science fiction (SF), fantasy, mystery, and flash fiction. Space exploration, alien encounters, a little magic, and a few crimes / investigations all make an appearance in the stories of this collection.
2015: A Year of Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 14,620. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This collection of poetry contains about 500 poems written during 2015. Many of which are short poems inspired by the poetry of David Malone and Adriana Dascalu, or the activities promoted by Karen O'Leary for her online poetry magazine, Whispers.... They cover a wide range of topics.
Angus the Mage: Bonus Pack
Series: Angus the Mage. Price: $9.99 $7.49 USD. (25% off!) Words: 550,080. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This contains the four books of the Angus the Mage series (The Tiger's Eye, The Viper's Fangs, The Golden Key, and Angst) along with The Drunken Wizard's Playmates and Other Stories.
Angus the Mage: Books 2, 3, and 4
Series: Angus the Mage. Price: $8.97 $6.73 USD. (25% off!) Words: 363,900. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The last three books of the Angus the Mage Series: The Viper's Fangs, The Golden Key, and Angst. For more, read the first book in the series (The Tiger's Eye) and see the descriptions for books 2-4.
Angus the Mage: The Complete Series
Series: Angus the Mage. Price: $8.97 $6.73 USD. (25% off!) Words: 476,060. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This contains all four books of the Angus the Mage series: The Tiger's Eye, The Viper's Fangs, The Golden Key, and Angst.
Angst (Book 4 of the Angus the Mage Series)
Series: Angus the Mage, Book 4. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 127,430. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Angus is frustrated. King Tyr has confined him to Hellsbreath. Embril went with the patrol to the Angst temple to safeguard The Tiger’s Eye, but she has failed—or betrayed him. Either way, the nexus has been disturbed and Hellsbreath is in danger—and it’s his fault. Commander Garret won’t let him go after her, so all he can do is wait for Hobart and Ortis to return. But when they do...
Story Sampler
Price: Free! Words: 39,870. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Story Sampler is a free sampling of stories found in my other collections that provide the reader with a broad cross-section of the types of stories I have published in these collections (mystery, science fiction, fantasy, mainstream, cross-genre).
The Golden Key (Book 3 of the Angus the Mage Series)
Series: Angus the Mage, Book 3. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 126,410. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Banner of the Wounded Hand is in disarray. Giorge has succumbed to the curse and his body has disappeared. Angus and Typhus were carried away by Sardach and are missing. Hobart and Ortis are running low on supplies. Will they find Angus before they have to return to civilization? Or will they have to leave him behind?
2014: A Year of Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The majority of the poems in this collection were written during 2014. The rest are either visual poems that were not included in my other collections or were still under consideration for publication when I posted my other collections. The sections are loosely organized around themes that are reflective of my other collections.
Have You Seen My Cat? And Other Stories
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 98,830. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The stories in this collection are primarily mystery, science fiction, soft horror/dark fantasy, and cross-genre pieces. Most of the stories are down-to-earth ones set in today's world (particularly the mysteries), or begin that way and take a speculative turn into the possible. With the exception of one fantasy mystery, the rest of the stories are set in the near future or in space.
Have You Seen My Cat?
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Detective Frank Primrose woke up this morning, he didn't expect to investigate the disappearance of cats. Police detectives simply don't do that sort of thing. But when the chief's niece's cat is missing that's missing, what else can he do? Besides, it isn't just her cat; all of the cats in her building have disappeared. So, where have they gone -- and where will his investigation take him?
Potluck: What's Left Over
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychological disorders
These are the poems that were left over when I compiled my poetry into thematic collections early in 2014. Aside from the first section (sonnets focusing on psychopathology that I wrote while I was a psychology student), there is no unifying theme. Instead they are sonnets, formal poems, and free verse poetry that cover a range of disconnected topics that didn't fit into my other collections.
The Viper's Fangs (Book 2 of the Angus the Mage Series)
Series: Angus the Mage, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 110,720. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Wintering in Hellsbreath's Wizard's School has been good for Angus. He has mastered some new spells, come to accept his situation, and even made a friend. But spring is approaching and Hobart has planned a brief excursion for the Banner of the Wounded Hand, one that ends up being much longer than he anticipated....
The Drunken Wizard's Playmates And Other Stories
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 74,320. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Drunken Wizard's Playmates is a humorous light fantasy novel about two drunken apprentices and the mischief they cause. The humor is a bit crude at times, as you might expect from wayward young men whose judgment is impaired by alcohol and who have the ability to use magic…. As a bonus, I've included four other humorous light fantasy short stories with the novel.
Love & Annoyance
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 17,830. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Love & Annoyance is an unusual mix of poems about love and philosophical speculation.
Last Rites and Wrongs
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 40,450. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Last Rites and Wrongs is a collection of macabre poetry and short stories that revolve mainly around the subjects of death, violence, and destruction. War, suicide, murder, abuse, deviance, and death. Many of the persona poems were inspired by Ai, and the morbid tone is reminiscent of Poe.
The Tiger's Eye (Book 1 of the Angus the Mage Series)
Series: Angus the Mage, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 112,510. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Angus wakes up one day with a problem: his memory is gone. He doesn't know who he is or what he does. Voltari tells him he is his apprentice, but Angus knows nothing about magic. Still, Voltari is a Master Wizard, so he would know, wouldn't he? Voltari knows other things about him, too, but he isn't talking. Then, just as Angus begins to come to terms with his situation, everything changes....
Of Muse and Pen
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 18,180. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The poems in "Of Muse and Pen" range from general commentaries on writing to frustrations I’ve had in learning specific poetic techniques; the joyful burst of inspiration to lamentations when it fizzles to dust; the arduous, annoying process of submitting poetry for publication to the self-indulgent pleasure of having them accepted. In other words, it covers the broad spectrum of writing poetry.
Worms and Other Alien Encounters
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is a collection of science fiction short stories, most of which relate to encounters with aliens visiting earth; the remaining stories happen in space (only some of which involve aliens).
A Bard Out of Time and Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 34,600. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Fantasy » General
“A Bard Out of Time” is a long poem that centers on a bard singing songs and traveling from one village to another in a fantasy world. Spells, magical creatures, werewolves, etc. make an appearance in the bard's ballads. The other poems in this collection are likewise fantasy-oriented ones.
A Field of Snow and Other Flights of Fancy
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is a collection of light verse poetry. Most of the poems are short, humorous, or related to nature.
The Snodgrass Incident
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off!) Words: 76,090. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The Snodgrass is a space vessel testing a new engine design. It is sent to Enceladus to investigate the formation of a new Tiger Stripe. But in space, anything can happen. A new invention sidetracks the mission even before it begins, and once they're underway, they have to face the hazards of alien environments, company bureaucracy, and political intrigue. Then they have to get back. . . .

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