Thursday, July 18, 2013

How Authors Write- Ace Hansen

Toady I welcome Ace Hansen to the blog as he, I mean, she, I mean-- Hmm, well this is embarrassing. I'm not sure just what gender Ace is, but, I welcome the little green alien to the blog to share his, her, it's writing process.

What do you write?
I write for the fun little Earthlings (8-12) My Earth host, Angelina, writes for the older, stranger Earth kids called Teens.

Do you use 1st person, 3rd person, multiple POVs?
JCB is written in 1st, my favorite, but I write in the other POVs, too.

How do you get started with a book- is it an idea, a character, vary from story to story?
An idea. Then I have to know who's gonna star in it.

Do you draft quickly?
When drafting I write 250-500 words per day, 7 days a week, until it's done. Is that fast or slow? I do think about every word, every sentence, every paragraph, and every chapter while drafting.

Do you do research before your first draft, during?
During. Google is my best friend while drafting.

Do you outline? How?
Tried an outline once. Huge failure. I'm a pantser from hip to toe.

Do you name everything up front when you are drafting or do you leave comments for yourself to go back and fill in later so you don't lose the flow of what you are working on?
Loads of notes to self on every page.

Do you work with CP's or Beta's? How soon into your draft do you let them see your work?
Betas. They see the MS when it is polished and hopefully won't make them scream.

What books/websites have you found most helpful to helping you write your best?
I've read many, but my best teachers are the authors who write fabulous books. I learn from them.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing?
Slow down and enjoy the creative process. Don't be in such a rush to get published.

What do you have out now, or coming out? Any upcoming events? A website we can find you and your books at? An author photo? A booktrailer? Anything else you want to share?
I want to share my gummy worms, but I'm not good at sharing my candy. But I'll share plenty of laughs with you if you'll read my book. Go read it!. Now. Please! Laughter is good for you. ^_^

Blurb: The world is farting green! Who will solve this global gas mystery?

Synopsis:  When a mysterious green gas crisis breaks wind, the Global Air Group (GAG) offers a million-dollar prize to the first person to discover the cause. Julius Caesar Brown dreams of winning the cash so he can pay off Jake the Snake, the blackmailing bully who threatens to ruin his chances with the cutest girl in fifth grade. But Julius can barely pass a math test, let alone solve an international scientific mystery. What he needs is money. Fast. His mom volunteers him to help the Zombie Lady. Yeah. The crazy woman down the street who every kid knows eats boys’ brains. But Miss Crabtree’s no zombie. And winning the million-dollar prize may not be as far-fetched as Julius once thought. 

If you'd like to learn more about Ace (of course you do!) you can find him on:

If you'd like to purchase JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY it's available as an ebook now and is coming in print Fall 2013:


  1. That first sentence of the synopsis is a keeper. TOTALLY NOT my genre of choice, but I went to the website to read the excerpt and this book would make me lol (that almost never happens when I read). Putting on my wish list...

    1. Awesome!!! Would love for you to let us know what you think after you read it!

    2. Yes. Ace would love to know what people think of his story. Reviews on Amazon are welcomed. And BTW, Mary, his breed of alien is androgynous. ^_^

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    4. LOL! That's good to know!! Thanks for letting Ace stop by and chat.

    5. And thank you, Melissa! Ace hopes you'll love it, that your children will love it, that everyone will laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. ^_ ^ Thanks for stopping by and spreading the word.

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    1. Ace had loads of fun writing this story. Hopefully folks will have loads of fun reading it. ^_^

  3. Mary and Ace, just popping into to say hey and wish you well with your book. Sounds like great kid reading. Such a great title, too!

    1. Ace thanks you for your kind words, Marsha. ^_^

    2. Thanks Marsha! I think Ace (and Angelina) did a great job with this!!

  4. Everything about the book blurb makes me laugh! So clever!! I'm not clever, so I appreciate it so much when I see it! ;)

  5. It's very clever and sounds like a fun read!!


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