Hank Quense


Early in his writing career, he was strongly influenced by two authors: Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Happily, Hank has never quite recovered from those experiences.

He lives with his wife in northern New Jersey, a mere 20 miles from Manhattan, thecenter of the galaxy (according to those who live in Manhattan). They have two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live close by.

For vacations, Hank and Pat usually visit distant parts of the galaxy. Occasionally, they also time-travel.

Besides writing novels, Hank lectures on fiction writing, publishing and book marketing. He is most proud of his talk showing grammar school kids how to create a short story. He used these lectures to create an advanced ebook with embedded videos to coach the students on how to create characters, plots and setting. The target audience is 4th to 7th graders. The book’s title is Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids.

Where to find Hank Quense online


My fictional works
This is a quick overview trailer of my fictional stories.

My Non-fiction books
This brief trailer gives an introduction to my non-fiction books.


Princess Moxie
Moxie is a whiny teenage princess who has never been out of her father's castle. On the outside, she discovers life is very different than it is inside. A different coming-of-age story.
Moxie's Problem
Price: $2.99 USD.
Moxie's Decision
Price: $2.99 USD.
Queen Moxie
Price: $2.99 USD.
Fiction Writing Guides
Need help with your fiction writing?These books will help you improve your stories.
Self-publishing Guides
The books in this series will help you get your book published. It will help you market it and it will protect your from scammers.


Prequel to How to Self-publish and Market a Book
Price: Free! Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Self-publishing?  This book will show you how to produce a quality book package to hold your quality book content. Hank Quense has self-published over 25 highly-regarded books and knows the pain points and the pitfalls of both the publishing and marketing processes. 
How to Self-publish and Market a Book
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,340. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Are you considering self-publishing your first book? Naturally, you have questions and concerns? This book has your answers. It integrates both the publishing and the marketing to provide you with a complete project plan to market your book while you publish it.
Montclair Write Group Flash Fiction Anthology 2019
Price: Free! Words: 21,850. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Poetry » American poetry » General
This anthology contains 28 short works by 23 different members of the Montclair Write Group.
The King Who Disappeared
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,390. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The evil wizard Jerado traps King Bohan in a cave. A sleep spell enables the King to survive and when he finally gets free, he discovers the wizard is still alive and ruling the country. Determined to get revenge, Bohan starts a long journey to find Jerado. Along the way, Bohan survives obstacles and is appalled at the living conditions of folks as a result of the cruel laws enacted by Jerado.
Gongeblazn: Book 7 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,010. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gongeblazn is jailed through an inspired bit of treachery. Eventually he escapes, steals a ship and turns to space piracy. On his travels, he comes across Sam, now a stew-bot for a cruise line and Klatze, now a fleet commodore. Gongeblazn makes one last attempt to pay back Klatze for refusing to have sex with him. Will Gongeblazn succeed this time?
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2018
Price: Free! Words: 32,010. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
14 fiction stories, 4 memoirs and 10 poems are included in this Sampler
Klatze: Book 6 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,250. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Klatze’s a low-ranking naval officer in the zaftan navy. She’s determined to win advancement through talent and ability rather than the traditional method of assassination. Beautiful, she comes to the attention of the fleet commodore, Gongeblazn. After she refuses to have sex with him, Gongeblazn’s lust turns to thoughts of vengeance. Can Klatze survive the attacks of a crazed assassin?
Sam: Book 5 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,280. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Three hundred years later: Sam is an new type android, one with an organic brain. Assigned as an ensign on a Gundy battle cruiser, she is disturbed to realize she can experience emotions. Her primary emotion is loneliness until Slash 9, the ship’s main computer, befriends her. Can an android and a computer experience love? How about marriage and sex? While battling a zaftan fleet?
Convolution: Book 4 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,970. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Four high-ranking ministers are dispatched to the rural area. Two are intent on achieving peace and two have other agendas. They arrive just in time to observe a crucial confrontation between MacDrakin’s forces and the aliens. Despite their technological edge, the zaftans are routed in unusual circumstances and flee the planet, leaving behind robots, weapons and mining vehicles. Now wh
Combat: Book 3 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,650. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Enraged by the loss of valuable robots, the zaftans protest to the government officials who send a telegram to the local constable ordering her to protect the robots. The constable can only watch as MacDrakin, after destroying a second robot, gathers warriors and declares war on the aliens and their machines. Can the aliens be defeated?
Confusion: Book 2 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,780. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The zaftans deploy robotic explorers to search for minerals. The robots trespass on private property and also destroy some property. A local gem miner, MacDrakin, uses his battle axe to destroy one trespassing robot. More robots are destroyed by yuk chieftain after the machines survey his tribal lands Uh-oh! This isn't going the way it was planned.
Contact: Book 1 of the Zaftan Troubles
Price: Free! Words: 18,300. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
An alien mining ship discovers a planet loaded with rare earth minerals. The aliens, known as zaftans, plan to fill their ship with the mined minerals. Unfortunately, the planet is inhabited by intelligent beings. But what could possibly go wrong with a simple mining operation on a planet with primitive natives?
Queen Moxie
Series: Princess Moxie. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,710. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Moxie’s adventures continue. This time she’s the Queen and her reign is threatened. A tribe of savage Picts have migrated from up north and settled outside her borders. Then there are the forests fairies. Their king, Oberon, claims a vast chunk of her land. In addition, Moxie’s ten-year-old daughter, decides she doesn’t want to be the next Queen. What’s a Queen to do with all these problems?
Creating Stories
Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 32,670. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Do you have a story in you? Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it. He believes that stories come from the melding of three creating stories processes: getting ideas, story design and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. Creating Stories covers the last two.
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2016
Price: Free! Words: 29,820. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical, Essay » Literature
Want to find new writers? New voices? Here’s how. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2016 is a collection of works from talented writers of all kinds. And it’s a free download from Smashwords: {add link} Thirty-nine pieces from the Write Group members in Montclair NJ. The Sampler consists of fiction, essays, memoirs, poems and a monologue.. There’s something for everyone.
Princess Moxie
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 143,420. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
In this fantasy comedy, Moxie grows up as a princess in Camelot — but not the one you know of. This Camelot is set in a hilarious parallel universe where the Knights of the Round Table play football and Guinevere coaches the team’s cheer leaders. Moxie, more obnoxious than graceful, gets into rollicking adventures as she struggles to become an independent-minded, decisive woman.
Moxie's Decision
Series: Princess Moxie. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,430. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A fantasy coming-of-age story that is decidedly different than the usual ones. This adventure story is filled with memorable characters, satire and humor. What more can a reader wish for? The story takes place against a backdrop of Camelot, but this Camelot is in a parallel universe. So don't expect the usual stories and tales. Ain't gonna happen.
Planning a Novel, Script or Memoir
Series: Fiction Writing Guides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,340. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Decision-making & problem solving
Creating a long story such as a novel requires a great deal of effort and creativity. It is easy to get lost in the details and to lose focus on the main issues.
Moxie's Problem
Series: Princess Moxie. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,300. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Do you like fantasy coming-of-age stories? You won’t find one more unusual or more humorous than Moxie’s Problem. Moxie is an obnoxious, teenage princess who has led a sheltered life. Until now. She struggles to come to grips with reality. This fantasy comedy takes place against a backdrop of Camelot. But it’s a Camelot in a parallel universe.
Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014
Price: Free! Words: 37,210. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Want to discover new writers? Want to find new voices? Here’s how. The Montclair Write Group Sampler 2014 is a collection of works from talented writers of all kinds.
Business Basics for Authors
Series: Self-publishing Guides, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,690. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
If you’ve published a book, you now own a business. This book contain insights and advice on how to run that business.
Wotan's Dilemma
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,210. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This story is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth. The original story tales place in the Dark Ages. This version takes place in a future Dark Ages with the fantasy creatures replaced by aliens. The story has beautiful goddesses, magical gold, quantum electronics, aliens, a murderous god, great heroes: what more could a reader want?
Falstaff's Big Gamble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,590. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
This fantasy adventure is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare. It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays and recasts them with fantasy characters You don't have to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this fantasy comedy. Hamlet is now a dwarf, Othello is a dark elf and Falstaff is a human. Grab a copy and enjoy this Monte Python-like mash up
Price: Free! Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 6 reviews)
Download an hour of solid entertainment! Three of my best short stories available now in one download. The previously published stories include: Saving the Shore, Lucy in Love and Sponsored By ... Enjoy some laughs with two humorous fantasy story and one satiric Scifi story.
Tales From Gundarland
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,740. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
This fantasy comedy book is filled with laughter and laughter is like free health insurance. This book has eight fantasy adventures. All are new stories and are filled with memorable characters.

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