Meet the spotlight delegates – Hans M Hirschi

Hello lovely UK Meet people,

Welcome to another day on planet Earth. I am currently listening to more Chicane, and I hope it puts you in a good mood like it has me. I may go for a run later…maybe not, maybe just a walk… Anyway, I’ve blabbered on enough. Time to meet another spotlight delegate 🙂 Note from Liam: driving on the left of the road *is* the correct side, and if you think British food is bland and fatty you’ve been eating the wrong food. Justsaying…

1) If you wrote an autobiography, what would its title be and why?

I don’t think I would… Ever. So no title. I don’t think my life is interesting enough (fairly bland to be honest) for anyone to be bothered with. However, what I have done is take the few interesting bits and pieces from my life and woven them into my debut novel, spread across different characters and neatly changed so that it’s impossible to know who’s who and what’s what. Even then, “Family Ties” is my shortest novel at 55K words…

Besides, my blog usually contains enough life blood so that those pervs who really need to know who I am can get a mouthful of me on a regular basis. All for free. Isn’t that great value? 😉

2) What has your writing/ blogging journey been like from the start until now?
A roller coaster? Just like my life, lots of ups and downs, some steeper than others, like that one time when my blog suddenly had over 100,000 readers/month for about half a year, due to a post which was picked up by the google users from the “sexually oppressed” countries on a belt from the US to the UK, the Middle East, India, Indonesia and down to Australia. Sex still is what gets people to visit my blog. Why? I have no idea…

The downs are equally impressive, when Google suddenly decides to drop your blog from its search engine, because whatever it was that they had found is now available on a newer blog post somewhere else, and readership drops from 155K to 10K in a matter of days, or just last week, when suddenly, my blog disappeared from the air waves, as my provider had gone belly up.

Or publishing a book a week after your mother passes away, totally botching all the marketing planned. A shame, because “The Opera House” is a great novel.

Alas, one should never forget that the best things about roller coaster rides aren’t the ups, but the downs… We just rarely realize that until it’s too late.

3) What do you hope to get from UK Meet that’s different from other conferences?

Witty delegates, sharp tongues, fatty bland food? I have no clue. I know some of the organizers as great people with lots of humor and heart. I can’t wait to get to Bristol, dunno how to get there yet, but I’m sure I’ll find it. All I have to do is turn left at the intersection at Heathrow and go straight and not forget to drive on the wrong side of the road, which incidentally isn’t the right side. My wishes and expectations aren’t different from any other conference: have fun, meet readers and maybe make a couple of new friends in the industry. Not too much to ask for, is it?