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Thursday, July 18, 2013

An Alien Takes Over: Meet Ace Hansen (Alias Angelina Hansen)

Angelina Hansen/Ace Hansen, author of
Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery

                                                                     Ace Hansen

It's been awhile since I posted and look it's already July!! But more about that after my interview with this very unusual guest today. This is the first alien I have had on the blog and frankly I was a little worried due to the fact he is in a book about green gas. However, Angelina, his earth host, has assured me he is harmless. Let's meet him and his lovely earth host/author Angelina Hansen!!!

This is a kind of unusual interview, since both of them wanted to talk. Here goes:

1.Please tell our readers where you grew up and a little bit about your childhood.
I was raised up in a small university town on planet Oreg that's famous for it's theaters. People come from all over the galaxy to enjoy our plays. As a child I spent a lot of time climbing our purple trees and swimming in our orange lakes, which happen to smell like Kool-Aid. I devoured loads of books and wrote many songs. Singing and dancing and playing music made me very happy. Still do.                                                                   
Like Ace, I grew up in a small town, but mine's on Earth and has a huge Shakespearean festival. Ace and I enjoy many of the same things, but I bounce around the universe less. 
2.What was it like growing up with two boys? Do you have a funny story about living with two brothers?
My brothers once used me as a ball in a game of kerploonk. If it weren't for the anti-gravity control fence, I would have been launched to the other side of the gravity.                                                                              
Being the youngest and the only non-boy had it's challenges. "Anything they can do, I can do better" was my motto. I'm not sure it's funny, but I remember being wrapped up in blanket, stuffed inside a large plastic garbage can and rocket-launched down a long flight of stairs. Thankfully I emerged relatively uninjured. 

3.What was your reason for becoming a writer?
Am I a writer? I thought I was an alien?                                               
Books have always been my favorite thing. From the time I could read, I wanted to write them. Plus I had a deep yearning in my belly to make kids laugh.

4.What was your first piece of writing and how did it come to be?
My name. I spelled it out A-C-E. It was a great achievement!                  
The first thing I wrote when I started writing seriously was an autobiographical piece about a Vietnamese refugee girl who became a close friend when I was 10 . The story, The Exotic Stranger, was published in Skipping Stones in 2009. 

5.Did anyone inspire you to write? If yes, please tell us about this person and the influence they had on your writing life.
Did anyone sweat on me and make me start writing? No. I don't like people to sweat on me. That's gross.                                                
That's inspire, not perspire, Ace. There's a big difference. My inspiration was that I lived with someone who worked from home in pajamas and drank hot cocoa all day long. I was so jealous. I wanted to be like that! That person supported me for five years so I could stay in bed and write books. 

6.What inspired you to write for middle grade children?
"Cause they're cute and funny.                                                                
My horrific sense of potty humor, inspired by Roald Dahl. I don't believe a book about green farts would go over well in the adult fiction world. Do you?

7.What is a typical writing day like for you? Please take us through your day.
I get up. I eat 5 pounds of gummy worms. Then I write down lots of words until my fingers hurt. Then I eat more gummy worms.                              
Early morning. Hot tea. Laptop. Lapcat. 250-500 words. Late afternoon. Revisions. I often have 3-4 different WIPs at different levels of doneness at any given moment.

8.Please tell our readers a little bit about your new novel, Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery.
Gas goes green and causes a global crisis. Can you imagine if your flatulence was suddenly green? Someone has to stop the crisis, so the Global Air Group (GAG) offers a million dollar prize to whoever can solve the mystery of the green gas. Julius Caesar Brown has all kinds of problems--with his family, at school, and in his neighborhood. He thinks a million bucks would solve all of them, but he can't even pass a math test, let alone solve an international scientific mystery. Or can he?

9. Do you have plans to write a sequel for this? 
I was kinda hoping Angelina would write the sequel. I've got more important things to do. Like fix my spaceship so I can return home.                                                        
The groundwork is laid. We'll see what happens!

10.Do you have any WIP’s? Would you please share a little bit about them with our readers?
My eccentric Earth host, Angelina C. Hansen, writes novels for older Earth kids, the strange ones called teens. She's written an edgy psychological contemporary, WHY I TOLD, a historical set in Occupied Paris (1942), and a survival story set in the wilderness of the North Cascades of Washington State, near the Canadian border. And a few others. . .

Well, I am very pleased to have had you both here and it looks like no green gas has escaped either.:)

Where can we find out more about this book? Did you bring any information with you? Oh, yes, I see we have a blurb and an excerpt. I'm sure our readers are now breathlessly waiting to read these:

The world is farting green! Who will solve this global gas mystery?

This might be the shortest Blurb we have ever had here!!


     The real Julius Caesar conquered the world.

     All I wanted was to conquer a simple spelling test.

     “Having trouble, Salad Boy?”

     I set down my pencil and glared at Ben Purdee, the brainiest kid in fifth grade. “No problem.”

     Yes I had a problem. And it wasn’t just how to spell brocolee.

     Mrs. Tucker closed her book. “Time’s up. Pass them forward.”

     I handed Ivy my test and pushed my chair away from my desk. The legs scraped the floor and made a loud, embarrassing noise.

     Ivy Chen stared, her brown eyes wide as pie.

     Ben nudged me and smirked. “Did you just—?”

     “No! It was my chair. See?” I scooted back and forth trying to remake the suspicious sound, but I couldn’t. Ben moved his desk away from mine. Ivy’s nose twitched. My cheeks grew hot. “It really was the chair,” I mumbled.

If you'd like to learn more about Ace (of course you do!) you can find him on:

If you'd like to purchase JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY it's available as an ebook now and is coming in print Fall 2013:

Bio: Ace Hansen doesn’t pass green gas. The author grew up in a household of boys and knows all about deadly stinkers, tree houses, and scary neighbors. Ace enjoys all kinds of creepy things and has been known to devour entire bags of worms* while writing outrageous fiction.

Thank you so much to both Angelina and Ace. It's been a lot of fun learning about aliens and how they live. I hope a lot of boys and girls will read Julius Caesar and the Green Gas Mystery to find out what all this green gas causes. I know I am putting it on my TBR list! Of course, Angelina, I am always happy to host a Muse author. Both of you are welcome to come back when the sequel is out.:)

 I was supposed to have my knee operation earlier this month, but it has been moved up to (I hope) the 26th due to issues they found in my blood. So I have been involved with thinking about myself and the implications of learning some of these things. It isn't bad, but my levels in certain things moved up and down. I am anemic and have a slight loss of kidney function. I saw another doctor who incidentally happens to be my husband's doctor as well. It was kind of weird talking about myself when for three years all we have talked about is my husband and his very serious problems with his sarcoidosis of the kidneys. He cleared me for surgery and told me I would need narcotics after the surgery for pain. Who would be disturbed about that! Anyway, the operation is probably going to happen and soon I will be able to walk like a human being again. Also, of course, the pain when I sit and stand will hopefully be gone too. :)

Until the next time, I will be hosting Antje Hergt with her new novel, a YA fantasy. Hope you are all enjoying your summer. Once I get my knee operation I will be able to enjoy mine, I hope.:)

Thank you to all my readers who have come to the blog for a month. Sometimes real life gets in the way of posting and I appreciate your loyalty!!
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