The Exquisite Quills Blog welcomes author Crane Hana!
EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Crane: I'm a writer and artist living in the American Southwest, aka 'the Blast Furnace'. I've been playing in the same science fiction & fantasy secondary-world setting for 25 years, but erotic romance has opened up exciting new horizons. I'm short, middle-aged, and in love with a technomage...all else is subject to change without notice.
EQ: What made you want to become a writer?
Crane: In March of 1987, I read what was (I thought at that point) the worst fantasy romance novel ever written. I remember tossing the paperback out a second-story window into a snowstorm, and thinking: ‘I could probably create something better.’ Six months later, I’d finished writing my first space opera romance. It was horrible. I’ll never publish that version of it. But it taught me that I could write a 90K string of mostly coherent words.
EQ: Pick out one of the best lines in your novel. What do you love about it?
Crane: “You just saved my life, and all you want to do is die?” Those are almost the first words prince Valier says to escaped-slave Moro, and they sum up so many subtexts in the story: Moro’s stubborn refusal to give in to a hellish master. Val’s untrained sadism, which will save Moro’s sanity if Val can just grow up and learn mercy, too.
EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.
Crane: I have a very large story bible involving a lot of worldbuilding. A few years ago I decided to embrace writing original M/M erotic romance, since I’d flirted with it in fan fiction for years. In my old notes I found a paragraph about a M/M pair: a devious, dangerous emperor and his glowering bodyguard and mate. I wanted to know more about how they became a couple. I started with a single sentence: “Throw the fight, songbird”, and free associated for about 25,000 words. By then, I’d fit the story into an existing narrative, and I knew who everybody really was. Of course, that also turned my short, explicit M/M romp into a much longer dark political intrigue.
EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.
Crane: Moro’s Price is a 100K+ M/M erotic romance space opera with BDSM themes and definite nods to ‘Firefly’, ‘Babylon 5’, ‘Torchwood’, and ‘The Fifth Element’. In the decadent 50th Century, three competing interstellar empires are on the verge of war. Prince Valier gives suicidal escaped-slave Moro another option than leaping off a skyscraper - a few hours of meaningless rough sex, while Moro is infected with Val's lethal symbiont. Neither man expects Moro to survive, or become the one man who can tame Val's darker urges. The galaxy will never be the same.
Crane Hana’s Links:
Author’s website: www.cranehanabooks.com/blog
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008UUSDNI
Check out these titles from Crane Hana:
Moro’s Price (as M.C. Hana)
‘Saints and Heroes’ in Thrones of Desire (as M.H. Crane)
Upcoming releases: I am currently writing Moro’s Shield, which continues Val and Moro’s adventures, and getting ready to self-publish Singer in Rhunshan, a mild M/M/F novella set in the same universe as ‘Saints and Heroes’. I’ll have updates and links on my blog, when final release dates are set.