7 Jul 2016

Tulips Clogs and a Dutch Girl

Hello my little chickadees and how are you today? All tickedy boo I trust.
This time on my blog I have a lovely Dutch girly by the name of Hannah.
Take it away Hannah.



Hello I'm Hannah.
As a short story writer and poet with more than 50 years experience, I’ve been writing fiction since I could hold a pen but entered the arena of published authorship rather late in life. That can certainly be ascribed to being a late bloomer in practically every other part of life as well.  I’m very happy to have been scooped up by my Irish publisher Tirgearr Publishing, who also hold my feet to the fire. I can be an erratic writer and tend to stray off into lapses of prolonged procrastination. But writing stories is still the reason I jump out of bed with a smile on my face each morning because there’s nothing like an uninterrupted stretch of good keyboard imagination and sizzling hopes of reader satisfaction.

When I’m not writing or thinking about writing, you can find me at the paid job at my local university translating stuff and recruiting international students, experimenting with organic food in my kitchen, stretching my old bones in Yoga or glued to WhatsApp exchanging funny messages with my grown-up kids.

But writing is the real deal for me; I’m on a mission to become a seasoned writer of a series about women who are faced with impossible choices in life and still they crack it, whether they perish or not. I write both contemporary and historical fiction, books that can be quite dark and gloomy but I make sure the faith in redemption always keeps hovering over my heroine.

I’m a passionate believer in gritty tales. I don’t believe life, real life, is ever easy, or long-term perfect, or happy-ever-after. A stiff degree of tragedy and drama makes my own blood cringe and sing simultaneously. So yes, you’ll need some stamina to stomach my stories.

* WHERE DO YOU LIVE HANNAH

In the south-west of The Netherlands (yes, still very much part of the European Union)



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    YOUR FAMILY (TWO LEGGED AND FOUR LEGGED)

My two-legged family consists of (in order of age) my son-in-law (35), my (almost) daughter-in-law (28), and two sons (26) and (23). The four-legged creature is an old cat by the name of Poek.

* IF YOU HAD A FANTASY FAMILY WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS FAMILY MEMBERS
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All my FB writer friends, in particular one called Tee Gee.

* HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ALIEN
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Certainly. After too much dope in the 70s.

* ALIAS YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO BY

The Dutchess

* YOU ARE OPENING A FANTASY FB PUBLISHING HOUSE. WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT? WHO WOULD YOUR EMPLOYEES BE AND WHAT ROLES WOULD THEY PLAY?

I'd call it “Alice’s Sweatshop”
Tee Gee: Head Witch (sits behind desk and stirs in all pots)
Soooz: Head Broom sweeper (editor)
C Reg Jones: Head of Beverages (sees to the cogs in the machine)
Sheila Belshaw: Head of Flowers (picks the best blooming types)
Catherine Chisnall: Head of Execution (gets rids of the dummies)
Mandy Ward: Head of Decorations (designs the covers)
Jo Sexton: Head of Down-Under (sees to hygiene)
Tom Winton: Head of Literature (rips out badly written pages)
Jillian Ward: Head of Stitches (keeps everyone together) 
Robert Craven: Head of Irish Sunshine (assists God)
Sessha Batto: Head of Weaponry (defends the sweatshop a la Japanese)

* S/PUBLISHING V TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES

I’m not one for self-publishing. Can’t do all that crap on my own so am quite content to rub myself against my Indie publisher.

* TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BOOKS YOU’VE WRITTEN

My first book Casablanca My Heart was released by Tirgearr Publishing in 2015. This was a book testing the waters, as I called it now, and a far cry from how I’m developing as a writer. But we all need that debut that makes us slightly shudder later on in our careers.

The first book of the trilogy of The Jenna Kroon Series, The Cottage on The Border was also published in 2015. The second book, The Farm on Nieuw Land Road, is currently entering its final stages and will hopefully be published early in 2017, followed by the third book The House on Broadway also in 2017.

* IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? (MALE OR FEMALE)

Male for a while, I think. Haha, that’s no answer and yet it is!


* SPELLS YOU WOULD CHOOSE TO MAKE, FOR PEOPLE WHO ‘UPSET’ YOU. 

I wouldn’t mind bewitching some politicians (no names). I'd like to see them dance wild and naked (head banging included) in the forest with all of us watching from the bushes. Then see them sleep it off and, on waking up, be so utterly ashamed of themselves that they finally realise who they are and what they do to other people. #exitbigego.

* YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD RECIPE

Sponge cake with fresh raspberries and cream

 YOUR RECIPE FOR LIFE

See the leaves rustle in the late afternoon sunlight..


LINKS
Website: http://www.hannahwarrenauthor.com/http://www.hannahwarrenauthor.com/
FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/HannahWarrenAuthor/https://www.facebook.com/HannahWarrenAuthor/
Tirgearr author page:  http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Warren_Hannahhttp://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Warren_Hannah
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6424314.Hannah_Warrenhttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6424314.Hannah_Warren
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Warren/e/B008A0DHS4http://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Warren/e/B008A0DHS4


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So that is the story of our little Dutch girly. I hope you enjoyed it.

Laters Potaters

5 comments:

Hannah said...

Thank you Tee Gee for having me here. It was great fun! I may live in the country of clogs, tulips, windmills and cheese but my heart is also very English...

S Burke said...

Fabulous interview!It was interesting, informative and funny. Well done. (Head Broom Sweeper...hmm...yup, if the clog fits) xo

Kemberlee said...

Funny stuff here. Fun interview.

Phyllis Burton said...

Really enjoyed this.

tee geering said...

Im pleased you enjoyed it ladies. Informative plus fun