Craig Hansen wrote stories from an early age, but when his SF short story, “The S.S. Nova,” was published in the Minnesota Writers In the School COMPAS program’s 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It, he decided to dedicate himself to writing. Several unpublished novels and short stories followed. Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis. In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs related to writing, including editorial work at a small publishing house, holding a position as a website editor, and five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing. His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28. His first novel, Most Likely, was released in May. Shada is the first installment of the Ember Cole series of young adult paranormal suspense books. Hansen is hard at work on the next installment in the series, the novel-length book, Ember. Hansen recently moved to Oregon with his wife, a dog, a cat, and his 89-year-old father, a World War II veteran. Craig’s interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology.
When Jeni asked this question, Shada Emery figured it was a joke. So both she and Willow joined in the fun, naming their favorite dead celebrities.
And then there was Ember Cole.
Ember wants one more talk with her Grandpa Normie, whose death a year ago began a year of tragedy. So when Jeni suggests a camping trip into the dense woods of northwestern Wisconsin to hold a seance, Shada and Willow put off their misgivings and agree for the sake of their friend.
Ember hopes to find the answers she seeks among the dead. But sometimes the dead have their own agenda.
SHADA is Book 1 of the Ember Cole series. A young adult paranormal suspense novella, it runs about 32,500 words or 125 pages in length.
Ember Cole Series
The Ember Cole Series is a number of young adult paranormal suspense books that will begin to be published in September 2011. The series revolves around an odd young girl named Ember Cole and the group of people who come in and out of her life. Set in a small college town in northwestern Wisconsin, Hope may seem like an idyllic location near an upper Midwest vacationland, but the deep north woods hide many secrets and mysteries.
The second installment, EMBER, is a novel-length story that will be released a few months later … either late 2011 or early 2012.
While paranormal elements come into play in Hope, Wisconsin and the world of Ember Cole, there’s now a sparkly vampire boyfriend lurking in every shadow. The supernatural element exists in this neck of the woods, but it makes itself known a bit less often than some other series in this genre.
What can you NOT expect from the world of Ember Cole, in Hope, Wisconsin? Don’t expect lycan-vampire wars or for every character to have some hidden, secret supernatural ability. There are plenty of normal people in Hope.
What CAN you expect from the world of Ember Cole, in Hope, Wisconsin? That even the normal, non-supernatural people are not what they seem. That secrets lurk in the hearts of others. That sometimes those hidden agendas can be more deadly than an army of zombies.
If you like the paranormal, if you like suspense, but if you also like characters you can identify with, maybe it’s time to pay Hope, Wisconsin a visit. Just pray you survive the experience.
Craig Hansen’s Web Site: http://www.craig-hansen.com/
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