A Bowie police officer is releasing his first novel this week: a fantasy book he first had the idea for in 1996.
Between patrolling the street of Bowie and family time, Randy Hanson has been writing for a long time, but this is his first book to be published.
“Since junior high off and on,” Hanson said. “I started with small short stories. Just ideas that I had. I didn’t write them for anybody else to read, just stories I had written for myself. I started with westerns and a few small detective stories. Short stories that sort of thing. Didn’t get into the fantasy stuff until maybe high school. I was a big fan of Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer.”
This will be the first book in a fantasy series. It follows the main character Roland on his adventures and like many fantasy tales has monsters and other creatures. Hanson’s time as a police officer influenced the way he wrote the characters.
“Something that is rarely done is to look at the world from that creatures perspective, which we touch on in just about all of the books,” Hanson said.”You find out the hard way the world isn’t as black and white as you hoped it was or you always believed it was. You find out there is a lot of gray area. That is one thing the main character tackles primarily in the first book.”
Now that this book and the series are becoming a reality, Hanson said he feels a mix of emotions.
“It’s exciting and terrifying,” Hanson said. “I keep waiting to hear from a friend of mine or someone in the business or from a professional author or editor somewhere that it’s just awful. That they can’t believe I have the audacity to put this crap together much less the audacity to sell it, but I have talked to a few good friends who have read it and loved it. That has been a huge relief to me frankly.”
This is just the first step on a much longer path of telling this fantasy epic Hanson first thought of years ago.
Meet and greet and book signing events for Hanson will be:
- April 11: Edwards Public Library in Henrietta from 5:30—7:30 April 11
- April 13: Pegasus Loft in Wichita Falls from noon—2 p.m.
- May 4: 2011 Comics in Flower Mound from noon — 4 p.m.
- May 11: Freaks and Geeks in Denton from 3:30—6 p.m.
- May 25: Decatur Public Library in Decatur from 11—1 p.m.
Physical copies of the book can be purchased through Amazon.