Hi! My name is Hans, it’s a pleasure to meet you.

Introductory blog from Hans Hirschi

It’s all about the basics: we tend to forget simple things like a proper greeting in these [insert favorite euphemism for the shit show that has been the past year] times. Gone are readers and/or writers’ conferences where you’d joke about coming home with con crud. Can you believe this was actually a thing just over a year ago? “Con Crud”, what a word. *shudders*

Alas, what was I thinking… Yeah, right. Allow me to introduce myself to you. Traditionally, we might have shaken hands, these days we’re much more likely to just bow ever so slightly with our heads, or fold our hands in a traditional Asian way. I’m no fan of the elbow touch. You never know where that elbow’s been and people don’t really wash it regularly. *shudders some more* Either way, while I miss my hugs, we probably wouldn’t have done that, unless we’d already met online. Which is kind of what we’re doing right now.

I recently participated in an online writer’s workshop about marketing, and the most concrete thing that came out of that (apart from the invoice the teacher undoubtedly sent to our writers’ center) was that which was our task before the workshop, ie. to come up with an elevator pitch. Not that you’d ride an elevator with a stranger these days, but stay with me, it’s all about the concept. So here’s what I wrote down:
“Hans M Hirschi writes hopeful character-driven stories that expose ordinary people to unexpected situations making the spectrum of queer lives visible to a wider public. There’s a reason why he’s been dubbed “The Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings.”

So there you have it. I think that’s a fairly good summary of what I do, what I write. One might add on a personal level that I’m a married man, father to an almost eight-year-old kid, and I’m also a learning and development executive living in Sweden. Boring, huh?

Still with me? Wow! I’m impressed. I usually lose people after my name: “Hanes Hershey?” Yeah, high school was hell, chocolate wedgies are overrated. When I learned about IQARUS, I begged the organizers on my knees (quite the feat at my age) to allow me to participate, and I look forward to meeting you and all the other participants, even if it’s past my bedtime.

Love,

Hans

PS: Btw, my first name is not pronounced like the underwear brand. The “a” sounds more like the “o” in mother.
PS2: My pronouns are whatever you like, as long as it’s “Your Majesty”. Xoxoxo I’m easy-going.

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Hans Hirschi writes character-driven stories that expose ordinary people to unexpected situations making the spectrum of queer lives visible to a wider public, hopeful tales with unconventional happy endings.

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