Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Hank Ellis!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Hank Ellis

Welcome to author Hank Ellis! Hank’s participated in the RI Author Showcase in previous years, and it’s a pleasure to have him back. Let’s find out more about him:

Hank, where is your hometown? I grew up in Scituate, lived in North Kingstown for 30 years, now in Exeter.
What genre(s) do you write? Literary fiction (YA adventure stories, magical realism, fantasy, Christian).

What have you written? The Promise series are adventure stories for adolescents and curious adults that celebrate friendship and teamwork, respect for all cultures, our divine connection, and the importance of caring for our planet. Also, short stories and poetry in four ARIA Anthologies: Selections; Past, Present, and Future; Hope; and Green.
Who are your favorite authors? CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Alfred Lansing.

What were some of your favorite books growing up? Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lord of the Rings.

What do you like best about writing? Telling a story, creating perilous adventures, letting my mind wander.

What do you find most challenging about writing? Writer’s block. When it occurs—not if—I wonder how to continue or end a story. Solution: I’ll end my session for hours, days, or even weeks if necessary, and change focus completely. I like woodworking, turning wood on a lathe, or working in the yard. It’s amazing how clearing your mind helps the process. Getting stressed
is the worst thing that can happen.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Past events, life. I imagine myself in the scene and what I or other friends and relatives would do.

You’ve been given the chance to collaborate on a novel with CS Lewis. What’s the title going to be? Although intimidating, I’d jump at the chance! I love his books. And we’re both believers in the Triune God: (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). My books are filled with references to the “Maker” or “Maker of the universe” and my characters are given amazing “gifts” by God’s
intermediary, the guardian Eli. Lewis writes of interdimensional and time travel, as do I. Our
book would be titled Journey to Othertime. Othertime is a word used in Lewis’ book The
Dark Tower.

Want to know more? Check out Hank on Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/7y2d3v8a

Hank’s website: http://www.hankellis.net

Hank’s Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/5evcawyr

Peter and David Wilson are two adventurous, adolescent brothers, who make a fantastic discovery in the nearby forest. One afternoon in late June, they stumble upon a huge mysterious cavern protected from the elements for centuries. Using dreams and deciphering riddles, they travel through underground passageways to meet the maker of their dreams. Through a series of strange and supernatural encounters, Peter and David must rely on resourcefulness, perseverance, and love to lead them to an opportunity they could never have imagined and make a decision that will change their lives forever.

You can win a copy of The Promise: A Perilous Journey by answering this question: Do you believe in another dimension, where ghosts, spirits, angels, and demons might dwell? (Hint: there are no wrong answers!)

23 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Hank Ellis!

  1. I believe in a heaven and a hell. I live my life as a Godly person because I do want to go to heaven. I always think that my Mom and sister are there along with all the pets I have loved and lost.

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  2. What makes me believe in God is feeling God’s undeniable presence on earth and in the Scriptures. When I delved into the metamorphic nature of Monarchs I fell in love even more with a God who from the beginning was loving enough to create a Monarch to tangibly assure us that death is not the end it is only the beginning of our body changing to a form that was no longer earthbound! How joyful and full of surprises life is when you do believe!

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  3. I’ve always been interested in ghosts and spirits. I have never encountered a ghost although there were times when my husband and I felt the presence of a dearly, departed cat. We would look down expecting to see our cat.

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  4. Good morning and very nice to meet you Hank. Your books sound like great reads and very intriguing! I love the sound of The Promise and I love the book cover! Yes, I do believe. I believe in God and Heaven and I believe there is evil also. Have a great day and a great week.

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    1. Hello Thomas, I had never heard of spiritons until now. Very interesting. They seem to be the essence of life. My characters and their mentors were granted the power to heal (and restore life). I guess that’s what the Trinity gave them.

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  5. Great question, Hank. Your books sound intriguing. Thank you for bringing stories that strengthen a reader’s character into the universe. The adolescent world needs exactly what you have to offer. Your books would be great for teenage book studies. I believe in God and Heaven. I also believe there are intersections between Heaven and Earth, where they can overlap. For example, feeling the presence of a loved one. I have many of my grandmothers things, and because of it, I feel like my house is filled with her love. Also, experiencing/perceiving signs that may have been divinely inspired, especially the presence of cardinals, dragonflies, butterflies and birds, that give a sense of a loved one’s presence. My dad was a prankster and has a special connection with birds. Since he died I have had a handful of close encounters with large wild birds, and I attribute it to his continued antics. LOL. I was taught about the, I suppose, “dimension” of hell in Catholic school. In my current non-denominational Christian church I’ve embraced the notion that God is so good, and loves us despite our flaws and shortcomings. I honestly wonder if even the nonbelievers and those who die very young before choosing any beliefs are welcomed into Heaven too. Now that would be unconditional love.

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  6. The Promise sounds like an interesting book. No, I don’t believe in another dimension. I KNOW there’s another dimension where a Christian God lives. I know this because there have been a lot of miracles in my life and in the world.

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    1. Hello Karen
      Thanks for commenting. Scripture speaks of 3 heavens. Many think of the first as the Earth’s atmosphere, the second—the universe, and third—where God resides. I’ve come to think that Heaven is outside the universe (wherever that is)!

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