Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SHADOWS OF GHOSTS by Stefan Haucke

by Stefan Haucke

The story takes place in Enara, a kingdom where centaurs have been fighting men for hundreds of years. Considered to be less than human because of their horse-like bodies, they are treated like slaves and bought and sold like livestock. Against this backdrop is young prince Cal, a human and heir to the throne who learns that his father has just been assassinated by the centaurs. Cal must then make it back to his kingdom and redefine the fate of Enara with no one to guide him but his best friend and a runaway centaur slave. Can he make it back to his castle before he is killed himself? And what will he learn of the centaurs' lives along the way?

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

I love reading. Stories fascinate me. Fiction is entertaining, but it can—and often is—more than just entertainment or escapism. Fiction can show us a situation through another's eyes and by doing this can give us a different perspective. It can help us understand how people develop different beliefs and why people have different reactions to situations. Fiction can also give us comfort. It can show us that others have experienced the same feelings we have when we're confronted with a difficult situation.

Because reading has been such a big part of my life, because I believe fiction is important, because I'm creative—these are the reasons I was inspired to become a writer.

-What draws you to fantasy?

Shadows of Ghosts is a fantasy novel. I like the fantasy genre because fantasy stories are both entertaining, fun to read, and present the main characters with large, life and death challenges that they must find the inner strength to overcome—an inner strength that at the beginning of the story they didn't know they possessed.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Shadows of Ghosts is a fantasy novel set in a world that has parallels to the United States in the era leading up to and during the Civil War. During my research of this era I discovered how the rapid advancement in technology changed society in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Until the beginning of the ninetieth century, travel and communication was slow. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, steamboats, canals, and railroads suddenly made traveling long distances dramatically faster and more convenient. During this same time the telegraph was invented, making long distance communication almost instantaneous. There were also major improvements in the ability to print newspapers and books. And these changes caused new ideas to flow across the United States. The abolitionist movement gained strength; women's rights , the temperance movement, mental health reform, prison reform—all these progressive ideas gained a greater audience due to the innovations in travel and communications.

-Which of your characters would you go out for pizza with?

I would like to have pizza with Mont. He has an adventurous personality. He has a great sense of humor. And he's loyal to his friends.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Study different subjects. The more you know about different subjects the greater your ability will be to create characters and to create the worlds your characters live in.

-Is there a genre you could never write?

I think if I was inspired, I could write in any genre.


Stefan Haucke has always been fascinated by history, literature, and world cultures. He has traveled to over twenty nations. His favorite adventures have included riding a camel near the pyramids in Egypt, swimming with sea lions in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, climbing the Great Wall of China, hiking near the Acropolis in Athens, dog sledding in northern Michigan, and photographing polar bears in Canada. He has an affinity for folktales, fairytales and urban legends and has successfully worked as a deck hand, a shepherd, a dispatcher for an emergency services unit, an electric meter reader, and as an office manager. He currently resides in Colorado near the city of Denver.

Visit his website at stefanhaucke.com.

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