A Bookish Conversation with Steve Dunn Hanson, author of ‘Sealed Up
I’ve lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I’ve lived. I have a hopper full of “reality” including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.
My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.
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About the Book:
Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!
UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Steve! Can you tell us where you are from?
I live on a hill in beautiful Spokane Valley Washington. I’m surrounded by pine trees, deer, wild turkeys, and who knows what else. A serene, perfect place to write.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
UCLA anthropologist, Nathan Hill, leads a small expedition to find millennia-old chronicles sealed up in a cliff side somewhere in Mesoamerica. Sealed Up was the right name for my book.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
Matt Doyle of Swivelhead Design Works designed the cover, and he hit a homerun with it. It took first place in the AuthorDB 2016 cover contest.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Indiana Jones meets The DaVinci Code in a deadly search for inscrutable millennia-old chronicles, and the world is changed.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
That may be giving the plot away. There are messages all over the place from character behavior to plot and sub-plots to the shocking conclusion. Maybe the overall message is: “Expect the unexpected.”
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I don’t think I could point to a favorite one—there are a number of them I felt really good about writing. One of them concerns Hyrum Bentley, an anthropology professor from the University of Texas and his emotional struggle with his quadriplegic condition as a result of an expedition accident.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I wrote it because in one way or another and at some future time, I believe that what I have portrayed fictionally as happening, will, in fact, happen. Prescient? I guess we’ll see.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
Well, if I have any deep dark secrets they are there because I want them to stay secret. But here’s something most people don’t know about me. When I was much younger, I was on a small plane piloted by a man who had been the unsuccessful US presidential candidate for one of the two major political parties when an engine conked out. Obviously, we survived.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’ve been just about every place in the world I want to be including having lived in Australia and Romania. Sweden is where some of my ancestors are from, and I haven’t been there yet. So that’s on my list.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
I have a 13-year-old granddaughter who is a budding Jane Austen.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Yes. I still am.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
If I weren’t already very happy, it would be that I would be very happy.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thanks for the interview and getting me to think about some worthwhile things.