Hans V. von Maltzahn


Hans Victor von Maltzahn, author of the acclaimed, "THE BLACK SUN ASCENDANT: An Assassins Tale" (2011 & 2015), was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in North York, Ontario, Canada.

An author of poetry and non-fiction, Hans became serious about fiction in 2006, when he started to write the “Black Sun” book series. Book Three's eBook has been published and the print copy's manuscript will go to the printers before the end of November, and hopefully will be available as a soft cover within a few months - stay tuned!

Now that he has finished this series, he intends to turn his attention to researching and writing a book about his father, who was a Canadian intelligence agent during the Cold War years. He looks forward to seeing what files the Canadian government has, and is willing to release on his father.

He currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with his wife, Joanne, and cat, Benny.

For questions, comments or to purchase a signed, limited edition ‘print copy’ of Books 1 & 2 of the Black Sun series ($20.00 CDN each, plus shipping), please email: spatzwharl@hotmail.com

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My process has, whether for fiction or non-fiction, always been first to develop a very general outline of the whole document (beginning, middle and end), and then I concentrate on generating outlines for each individual section (in the case of reports/essays), or chapters (for fiction/nonfiction).

Before writing one word of a chapter, I spend about a month ruminating over how I want to see it take shape. When I feel that the chapter is ready to come out, I then begin transferring it to paper, which usually takes about three or four days to do and averages about twenty-two double-spaced pages. In my book, "THE BLACK SUN ASCENDANT: An Assassin’s Tale", I created the outline (what I call the skeleton) and did the research even before writing each chapter with pencil (yes pencil!) on lined school paper. As I sit down to hand write the entire chapter, I begin to fill in this outline, putting meat onto the proverbial bones of my novel’s skeleton.

After editing the hand-written copy to my satisfaction, I turn to the computer and type it in, editing as I go along. Sometimes I do so much editing that the typewritten copy will look nothing like the hand-written original. Once in the computer, I will edit the entire chapter until I am satisfied enough to print out a hard copy and move on to the next chapter.

I followed this process for all seventeen chapters (371 pages) in "The Black Sun Ascendant", and if I include the ‘draft edits’ (to be explained next), it took me five years to write the book and six to fully edit it to my satisfaction before it was finally published.
How important is editing to your writing process?
Editing is vital to my writing and I would say it should be equally vital to any writer who wishes to publish their work so that others will enjoy reading it. Editing will help an author turn out a polished and professional product, whether it is a report, essay, novel or even poetry and lyrics – good editing is vital!

Again, I edit the way I’ve always edited my written projects since my university days. For example, with The Black Sun, I would handwrite the chapter and, when finished, would edit the piece three or four times before typing it into the computer. Once in the computer, the chapter is again fully edited before I’m satisfied enough to print it and move on the next chapter.

Every so often I also create a ‘draft’ of my manuscript, which, for me, means that I will go all the way back to the beginning of chapter one and re-edit the entire manuscript from beginning to the end of the chapter I’ve just finished; this is in addition to any individual edits that each chapter has received. I published "THE BLACK SUN ASCENDANT: An Assassin’s Tale" after the eleventh draft and my Smashwords eBook copy came after the twelfth draft. I’ve calculated that in the six years it took to bring the book into publication, that I’ve read it over nine hundred times just through editing.

From my experience, writing is about five percent of the work in producing a manuscript, research about five percent and editing is about ninety percent of the manuscript; editing is arduous and there is no way to soften the blow about this to budding authors.

Finally, get a professional editor to have a look at your manuscript. It helps to have a ‘fresh’ pair of eyes on your manuscript in order to catch those things you would not have found even after a million self-edits. After sending The Black Sun out, it came back even more polished than it had been before (thanks Don!).
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Hans V. von Maltzahn online

Where to buy in print


The Black Sun
An assassin and an archaeologist work together to uncover the meaning behind some ancient, and mysterious artifacts that turn up at various excavations from around the world. They also seek the person, or persons responsible for the murders of academics in order to acquire these artifacts.


A Brilliant Dawn: An Assassin's Redemption
Series: The Black Sun. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,180. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Mystery solved! Famed Turkish archaeologist, Dr. Ahu Eser, now understands the importance of two caches of ancient cuneiform tablets, with their fresh account of humanity’s evolution. However, will she get the opportunity to warn those in charge about their potentially destructive power, if they are allowed to remain in the wrong hands? Find out in, "A Brilliant Dawn: An Assassin's Redemption".
An Earth Eclipsed: An Assassin's Revenge
Series: The Black Sun, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,300. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
"An Earth Eclipsed: An Assassin's Revenge" is the second novel in the "Black Sun" series (of which there will be three). It continues the adventures of Victor Colvin, assassin, and Dr. Ahu Eser, archaeologist. Once again the chase is on through countries such as Turkey, Germany, and Canada, as Victor and his team race against time to save the missing archaeologist.
The Black Sun Ascendant: An Assassin's Tale
Series: The Black Sun, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,310. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An assassin on his final job, meets an archaeologist investigating the murder of some of her coworkers. Through the plans of a diabolical 'puppet master', their lives are thrown together in an unnatural union. Together they must learn to trust each other, stay ahead of those agencies bent on capturing and possibly killing them, while racing to solve a mystery that no one seems to want solved.

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