Thursday, December 19, 2013

Guest Post: Mike Hartner

My Writing by Mike Hartner

The question has been asked: “How did you start writing?”

The answer is really just another example of Destiny stepping in and changing a life.
When I was a young boy, I had a bad case of epilepsy. And therefore, I appreciated opportunities that were given to me a lot more than most. Or at least, that’s how it felt.  And every time something eventful came around, it tweaked poetry in me. So, for many years, I wrote poetry. And some of it was terrible. But there were the little gems.  
As I grew older, I went into the maths and sciences. I helped others as a teaching assistant, and tutor.  My writing sat in the background while I programmed code, or fixed computer hardware.

I got married, and we moved to Vancouver. Still my work took precedence, and my writing languished. And then, I started looking into family genealogy. I started with roughly 75 names. And through a report from an organization, and some internet digging, that number went to nearly 18,000 over the period of four months. And one of those people was a distant cousin. My fifth great grandfather’s brother was my wife’s fourth great grandfather. Pretty thin, but the family line was there. We were talking on the phone one afternoon, and she asked, “If you know so much about the family, why not write some of it down?”  

That comment twisted my arm strong enough to get several genealogy books. I wrote them, independently published them, and then bought enough copies to send to relatives.  Along the way, I also became interested in writing another story. It was a mid-1970s story, with a ‘Magnum, PI’ - esque flavor to it.   

That story, I wrote for two years, and couldn’t get it into shape to publish. So, when my editor directed me to take one aspect of the story as far back as I could, I found Walter Crofter. And I, Walter is his story.

And the ‘Magnum PI’- esque story? Still there. Promising to be written when I, Walter’s Eternity series finally gets to the 1970s. We shall see.

    1. I, Walter

    2. by Mike Hartner

I, Walter is the first in a series of books in a saga which will span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. 
Each in the series will be connected, though that connection may not be obvious for several more books.  
It's almost like looking at a menorah (sic). Many lines, seemingly individual, connect to center at different points. 

Walter Crofter was born into Elizabethan England.

In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself?

Especially given his family background?

      1. About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

      1. Book Details

  • 224 pages
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Age: Young Adult
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  • ASIN: B00C7FJ7B4

      1. Review Excerpts

"I, Walter is a grand tale of adventure that reminds me of the Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin adventure series but with a noble innocence and, a most refreshing, charming slant. Romance, adventure, mystery, rescues, deception, and vivid descriptions make I, Walter a most enjoyable and inspirational read of chivalry. This CBR reviewer looks forward to reading more of the Crofter saga from Mike Hartner" Chanticleer Book Reviews
“This book truly is New York Best-seller material!" Charity Langley, Author
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