Willem of the Tafel by
Hans M. Hirschi
Beaten Track Publishing
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2015
The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.
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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.
The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.
A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”
Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.
The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize!
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Travel in the 26th century
Two places in Africa play the key roles in Willem of the Tafel. One is Cape Town, the southernmost city in South Africa (or what’s left of it), and the island of Madagascar. Between the two lie thousands of miles and plenty of water. Yet people travel in between those two places, many times. People also travel from Belém to Madagascar, from Mombasa and from New Denpasar on Bali. Today, each of these places is easily reachable in ten to fifteen hours from each other. We get on a plane, we might have to change plane somewhere, but it’s easy.
In the world of Willem of the Tafel, the world sees itself once again in a state pre-steam ships, void of modern technology (which is generally blamed for the “Great War”.) To travel from one place to another suddenly takes months, particularly since some areas of the planet are still off limits. It took a long time to research just how long a sailing trip would take from Madagascar to the African coast and then south to Cape Town. I also had to take into account that there would be no coast guard, no phones, no Internet. So when a ship sailed, it would be a long time before anyone heard back from them, a VERY long time. While much of that didn’t make it into the story, I still had to make sure that things were realistic, and suddenly time flew by, and years passed without much ‘action’. In the story, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, particularly for the two main characters and their undying love.
However, it also helped me, as a member of today’s society, appreciate what we have today, being able to commute from my island two miles off the coast in twelve to twenty five minutes to the mainland, bridging the remaining eight miles downtown in twenty to forty five minutes, depending on my method of transportation. If I had to take a row boat or sail boat it would take hours, and to continue on foot as well.
It would have taken my months to emigrate to Sweden, and rather than returning to my native Switzerland three to four times per year, I may never have. When I wrote Willem of the Tafel, this was just one of many topics that I needed to consider, and it provided much welcome perspective on so many things we take for granted today.