As The Pages Turn Chats with Hank Quense Author of Falstaff’s Big Gamble

About Hank Quense

Falstaff’s Big Gamble

Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories.  On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun.  A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news.

He has a number of links where you can follow his work and his occasional rants:

Hank’s Blog:

Strange Worlds website:

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Q: Thank you for this interview, Hank . Can you tell us what your latest book, Falstaff’s Big Gamble, is all about?

I think the “official bio blurb” will do the job.

This novel is Shakespeare’s Worst Nightmare.

Author Hank Quense

It takes two of the Bard’s most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland.  There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf.

If that isn’t bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare’s most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus.

Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello.  After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind the throne.

Never read Shakespeare?  Not a problem.  No knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays is required to enjoy this romp through the Guandarlandian countryside.

Q: How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

Writing the book wasn’t difficult at all.  Figuring out how to write it took several years.  On my to-do list were a pair of items. I wanted to write short story spoofs of Hamlet and Othello.  I tried a few times a year for at least three years and couldn’t get anything to work.  This was primarily because Shakespeare’s plots and characters are so complex.  In addition, both of these plays are tragedies.  To Shakespeare, that meant in the last act the stage had to be covered with dead bodies, not the stuff of humor.  One day, I tired putting the two ideas together but that did no good either because Tyne was nothing to connect the two ideas.  In desperation, I threw in Falstaff. About thirty seconds later, I had the entire novel mapped out in my mind: plots, endings, motivations, everything.  It took me three months to finish the design work such as character building, fleshing out the plot lines etc. Sfter that, it took me another three months to write the first draft.

Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

It is just now getting released, but the early reviews a very good.

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

I wrote (or work on writing business) from 6:30 to 11:30 every morning.  I usually spend another hour or two in the afternoon working on stuff, usually planning new stories or other writing related stuff.

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

Grocery shop, play computer games, read, watch my grandkids, cook.

Q: What book changed your life?

Can’t think of any book that did that.

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

Hank who?

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

 …that there isn’t one thing to understand.  I’m not that shallow.

Thank you for this interview, Hank.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Falstaff’s Big Gamble!

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One response to “As The Pages Turn Chats with Hank Quense Author of Falstaff’s Big Gamble

  1. Thanx for having on the blog. Answer the questions was fun. There were some unique questions

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