Zaftan Miscreants – author interview – Hank Quense

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About Zaftan Miscreants



The Zaftans and the natives from Gundarland are at it again.  This time, the encounter is in deep space and two powerful fleets of warships face off.

While the fleets challenge each other, two females struggle to survive.

One, named Sam, is a new type of android with an organic brain.  She is perplexed by her unexpected ability to experience emotions.  Her primary one is loneliness since the softie officers she is supposed to work with treat her with open contempt.  The only friendly voice on the battle cruiser is the ship’s main computer, called Slash 9, and he has turned rogue and plans to evolve to a softie-like state.  Slash 9 is also interested in romancing Sam.

Meanwhile, Klatze, a beautiful Zaftan officer blessed with talent and ability, a rarity in the zaftan navy, comes to the attention of the fleet’s commodore, Gongeblazn.  He lusts after her and her continuous refusals to have sex angers the commodore and his lust turns to thoughts of vengeance.  Gongeblazn’s desire to slaughter Klatze continues after his navy career is cut short by treachery.

After becoming a pirate, his thirst for revenge continues.

Sam and Klatze each face unique situations that test their mettle and their desire to survive in the midst of chaos.

Zaftan Miscreants continues the humor and satire that set the first book apart from other sci-fi and fantasy stories.


About Hank Quense

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 sci-fi 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.  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.

Zaftan Entrepreneurs is his latest work.  In it, an alien mining ship discovers a planet that holds promise to be a mining bonanza.  Unfortunately, it is inhabited by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races and they object to the mining expeditions.

Hank’s previous works include Tales From Gundarland, a collection of fantasy stories.  Readers Favorite awarded the book a medal and EPIC designated it a finalist in its 2011 competition.  His Fool’s Gold is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth and Tunnel Vision is a collection of twenty previously published short stories.  Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers.

Altogether, Hank has over forty published short stories and a number of nonfiction articles.

He is presently working on novel that combines the plots and characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello with the character Falstaff thrown in for good measure. Zaftan Miscreants: Book 2 of the Zaftan Trilogy will be released on 10/15/11.

Visit Hank online at  and You can find his blog at





Q:  Give us an example of a typical writing day.

I start at 6:30 AM every morning.  “Writing” a new story is not something I do every day.  Actually, with a number of print and ebooks published most mornings. I’m pimping books rather than “writing” new ones.  I do spend some time most mornings collecting ideas for new stories.  I quit that activity between 10:30 and 11:00AM.  Later in the afternoon, I’ll do more work on my iPad.  Frequently, this is writing or creating, not pimping.


Q:  Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?

I write my novels on my MacBook laptop.  Since I bought an iPad (when they first came out) I now do a surprising amount of writing on it.  I write blog posts, emails, scenes and brainstorm with myself using mind-mapping software.  I use the laptop sitting at a desk.  I use the iPad sitting in a reclining chair.


Q:  Do you work from an outline?

Not from an outline per se, but I spend an enormous amount of time designing the story before I start a first draft.  I create all the characters, figure out the ending, build a plot path connecting the beginning and the end.  When that is done, I start developing the scenes required to tell the story.  When that is done, I start writing the first draft.  I guess in a way, the list of scenes constitutes an outline.

Q:  What’s next for you?

I’m working on the final (I hope!) revisions on what I call, Shakespeare’s worst nightmare.   I’ve taken two of his plays, Othello and Hamlet, and turned them from tragedies to comedies and that ain’t easy to do. I think of it as updating the Bard’s work for modern readers.  You can look for Falstaff’s Big Gamble in the spring of 2012


Q:  What are a few of your favorite genres and why?

I love reading humorous or satiric fantasy and scifi.  Why?  I don’t know, but it’s all I write.  Maybe I write it because I read it or maybe I read it because I write it.


Q:  Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?

Yes I have.  I had one novel about half done (first draft) when I realized that it really was two novels.  I pulled them apart, a tedious and long job.  Afterwards I pretty much lost interest in both.  I recently thought of some new material for one of them, so it’s back on my to-do list, but there are three other novels in front of it.



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