Gahan Hanmer is the author of “The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality.” Gahan shares with his readers the story behind his writing.
Gahan Hanmer was born into a family of actors and painters. As a youth, he received satisfaction and appreciation from the work he did on the stage, which began when he was eight years old. Under the guidance of his uncle actor Marlon Brando, Gahan developed his talent exclusively as a theater artist, working with many inspired teachers and directors.
Gahan found himself working on and off in the classical theater and supported himself with various odd jobs.Trained in the Stanislavski ‘method’, living truly in the skins and minds of these characters, he absorbed what each of them had to teach him.
Later in life, after he had stopped working for the theater, he began to try to organize some of what life had taught him in a novel of romance and adventure. Every night, after his two daughters were in bed, he became the main character in a perilous mythical journey and recorded it as it unfolded in his imagination. Years later, rewritten and revised many times and finally pruned and polished, the result was The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality.
Yvonne: “Tell us about your interest in the middle ages?”
Gahan: “My interest began when I started traveling. I became a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (Medieval festivals and role playing) for awhile, I ride horses and I am also a trained stage duelist and stage dueling teacher.”
Yvonne:” What started you writing?”
Gahan: “I attended a private school much like the one that appears in my book. I was an editor of the school literary magazine. In college I wrote a novella that no longer exists about animal characters in an artist colony. As a young child I wrote detective stories. I’m told that I could read when I was three years old.”
Yvonne: “How would you describe your book?”
Gahan:”The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality has the shape of a fantasy (small kingdom set aside in time and space, saintly king, evil duke, prophecy, unlikely hero), the book is about a real kingdom set up in the present day by a wealthy eccentric man in the Canadian wilderness; there is no magic, or fantasy creatures. Everything that takes place is the story is possible and could exist today. It’s not a fantasy. Among other things its a serious book about the human predicament and lies across several genres, or maybe falls through the cracks between several genres, and that’s what makes it unique.”
Yvonne: “How can we learn more about your book?”
Gahan:”I would gladly answer any questions related to The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality. You can contact me on my website or on Amazon and other retailers.”