10 Questions With Hank Garner

Welcome Leighgendaries to the sixteenth edition of 10 Questions With…

Today, our guest is:

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Hank Garner

Hank lives in Mississippi with his wife and children.  He loves spending time with his family and enjoys movies and games and talking face to face without computers and phones.

Hank is one of my favorite Indie Authors.  Hank writes in such a way that you get pulled into the story and the world he created, but you don’t want to leave.  It is pretty much a guarantee that I will lose some sleep when reading his stories because I have to know what happens next.  One thing that Hank also incorporates into his stories is a message of hope, his stories are not all doom and gloom.

Hank has created a place called Weston, MS, and all of his stories are tied into this town.  Weston has some strange things that happen.  Why are they happening and what is happening?  You will have to read his stories to find out.  In the mean time how about we start:

10 Questions With Hank Garner

1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?

I may or may not have been caught on video singing and dancing along to a Taylor Swift song with my girls. Judge me. I like to think that I’m a cool dad and will do anything for my kids.

2.) What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a dream about these 2 characters, Huck and Eleanor. For weeks I couldn’t get them out of my head, so I sat down and started writing. Before I knew it, I had a novel.

3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Neil Gaiman. He has a way of creating a story that is fantastical and yet simple. I also love to hear him narrate his audio books.

4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would like to invite Neil Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer to have dinner with my family. I would encourage my kids to ask them about living as a creative person and watch them soak it in. Gaiman has been a great inspiration to us. Then I would ask him to sign my Sandman.

5.) What book are you reading now?

Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey.

6.) Are there any new authors that have captured your interest?

Ernest Cline. Ready Player One and Armada are complete geekfests and push all of my buttons as a kid born in the 70s and a teen of the 80s.

7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?

No. I think you have to let them go, or else you wind up like George Lucas and keep tweaking Star Wars 30 years later.

8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s a really rough portion from The Weston Files 2: Waylon

The diner was busy. But it was always busy on Monday mornings. The typical groups gathered together. The carpenters, roofers and bricklayers hovered in clumps by the television to watch the weather report while they sipped their coffee and ate their eggs.
Some of the local business owners gathered and struck deals while stirring packets of sugar and cream into their cups. Suits and ties dominated the front seating area, and there was an invisible line that separated the two groups.
Then you had the folks that sat at the counter. They didn’t necessarily fit into one of the groups of the regulars, and this group tended to be more fluid. Except for Waylon. Waylon was always on the stool at the end.
Audrey offered to refill Waylon’s cup of coffee.
“Just a little, please.” He replied.
“You got plans today?” she asked him.
“You never know. I do have a feeling, though.” Waylon said while scratching his chin.
“Well, if you hang around long enough I’m sure you’ll have company.” Audrey replied.
Waylon thanked her for the refill and picked up his newspaper. He quietly scanned the op-ed section and shook his head. “I guess civility has taken a back seat these days. Lord knows it’s a shame.”
Audrey watched Waylon from the corner of her eye as she made a pot of fresh coffee. Candace, the other waitress working the morning shift told Audrey she was going outside for a smoke. “I see crazy Waylon is back.” She said.
“Waylon has been coming here every day since before I started working here. I don’t know if he is crazy, but he is consistent.” Audrey said.
“Just listen to some of his conversations. He’s crazy. I’m going to smoke. Be right back.” And Candace headed out the door. Audrey thought about Waylon, but was too busy to worry about what Candace said. So what if the old guy was crazy? He wasn’t hurting anybody.
Audrey went about her morning routine. Just a typical Monday. The usual folks; some regretting that the weekend was over, but the majority were ready to get back to the routine and earn a paycheck. Audrey took care of her customers with efficiency and care. She liked her job, and the people she saw every day. Even crazy old Waylon.

9.) If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?

The state of apathy.

10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“I think I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque. I could use a Mulligan.”

Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
Preston, thanks for having me. All of my books are connected in some way. I’m building a full integrated universe of sorts, so go to my web site and pick one and jump in. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, too!
Cheers!

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GIVEAWAY:  Hank is going to giveaway a signed copy of Mulligan.  To be entered into the drawing all you need to do is answer the following question in the comment section.
If you could go to any place in time, where would you go and why?
Since the giveaway is for a signed book, this giveaway is only available to those in the United States.  The giveaway will end on Thursday night (8/13/15) at midnight.
UPDATE:  Extended until Friday night (8/14/15) at 9:00 pm (est)

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I would like to thank Hank Garner for joining us today for 10 Questions With…  I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did.  You can subscribe to his podcast on iTunes here or on YouTube here.  Don’t forget to also sign up for his newsletter here.

If you do not have any of Hank’s books in your library I highly recommend you go out and buy one or two or all.  Hank is truly one of the best Indie Authors around.  Mulligan is my favorite, but Writer’s Block is a close second.  Hank gets better and better with each story.  If you like stories that will inspire as well as entertain, then check out Hank’s stories.

Stu Remington is a successful novelist. He’s sold millions of books and his fans eagerly await the last installment of his trilogy, but Stu can’t finish it because he doesn’t know what happens next. To combat his writer’s block, he types a nonsense story on an antique typewriter, and to his amazement, the story comes true. What happens next will change Stu’s life forever.

Connor Mulligan is trying to escape what he sees as a less than stellar life when he finds himself eighty years in the past and possessing super-human powers. What Mulligan learns from his travels could hold the key to his future, and his survival.

Huck, a young man from Weston, Mississippi, sits alone in a diner, pondering the misery of his life. The weather is dreary, much like Huck’s life at the moment. An elderly gentleman joins him for a cup of coffee while riding out the storm. Huck’s life will never be the same.

Bloom has been described as a mixture of The Notebook and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. With its unique twist on the genre, you will find yourself in love with the characters.

Love, loss, friendship, and betrayal play out against the backdrop of the deep South. Bloom is the story of a young man’s struggle with life, a kindly old soul’s wisdom, and a love so powerful that even darkness cannot prevail in the lives of the willful. Full of raw emotion, and a stark, but real view of life, Bloom is a story guaranteed to resonate with readers on many levels, and shows we are more than the sum of our experiences.

Alicia is a fortune teller that goes by the name Rhiannon. On this particularly odd Saturday night, she is confronted by a client that challenges her in ways she could never imagine. Be careful what you wish for, because one day, you just might get it.

If you enjoyed this interview you might also enjoy:

Leighgendary Shorts: Writer’s Block by Hank Garner
10 Questions With Thomas Robins
Review: Writer’s Block (The Weston Files Book 1)
Review: American Son

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13 thoughts on “10 Questions With Hank Garner

  1. I would like to see the states on my 100th birthday in 2057, to see what this country is like in the next 4 decades, and to see how my children and grandchildrens lives have progressed, what they have accomplished.

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