#AMA Author Event - Ask me Anything about The Chronicles of Han Book Series

Han Gibson
Aug 8, 2018

Ask me any questions regarding my books, upcoming books and the series in general. For those who are not yet familiar with my books (they are not available from Amazon), The Chronicles of Han books came about after NDEs, and is stated to be "Real Life Past Life sci-fi fantasy fiction with metaphysical undertones, a good dash of romance and a sprinkle of horror." More information and excerpts can be found on my website at www.chroniclesofhan.com

The Chronicles of Han Storm, Creata Trilogy, begins innocent and naive and is about a young police officer setting out on his journey of discovering and enhancing the metaphysical side of his being for his chosen career. Using and growing his talents to solve crimes at first, he later realizes that his planet is in serious trouble due to over-exploitation (as on Earth at the moment) and he is the only person who can do something about it. Han's developing skills are used to regain lost inter-stellar, worm-hole and Portal knowledge in order to assist the migration of his people to other planets.

Leilaka is a brand new adventure following on 400 years after the lifetime of Han Storm from the Creata Adventures. After saving the people of his planet by opening interstellar travel for them, our intrepid hero, Han Storm, is imprisoned in cryostasis as he is deemed a threat to the power of the Creata Migration Committee.

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You seem to be hands-on as far as you books are concerned. Would you say you are a perfectionist? How has handling your books on your own helped you achieve the kid of success you have?
Aug 9, 9:06AM EDT1

My innate nature is that of perfectionist. This trait is an asset when used discerningly. It gets the job done, correctly, speedily and with the least amount of effort to myself.

During my stay in ICU and the four years of rehabilitation from third degree burn scarring, I learnt teamwork, delegation and leadership skills. Also to be resourceful and work around obstacles, and to be patient with others and myself.

With entering the publishing platform 'on my own' I had to learn the ropes quickly, to be efficient in what I had to do in order to do what I want to do, ie. writing.

Keeping up to date with everything going on in the publishing industry is a full time investment into the future of independent publishing. It gives ongoing tips on how to do things differently to gain access to readers who might be interested in your work.

I have to emphasize that what works for The Chronicles of Han book Series does not necessarily work for other books, just as I have discovered through trial and error that most of the mainstream marketing strategies do not work for me, as an individual.

The hardest to overcome is marketing trends. What works today might not give any results tomorrow. Thus one need to stay hand's on and evolve with reader preferences.   

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Aug 9, 3:10PM EDT0
If you only write books for yourself, what motivates you to continue with writing? How much do you love writing?
Aug 9, 4:48AM EDT0

I really love writing. If I could, it would be the only activity I did, but life does not work that way. Today, whether or not you are with a publishing house, most of an author's marketing is still the author's responsibility. You still need to get out there and market your book as if your life depends on it, which it actually does if you do not have a regular alternative income.

What motivates me to write The Chronicles of Han is that I gain a deeper understanding of myself, allowing for the healing of old wounds and in the process to grow within myself. And somehow the books are healing other people too, which is a bonus.

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Aug 9, 1:03PM EDT0
Having been exposed to books from a tender age, would you say what a child is exposed to in his formative years matters a lot?
Aug 9, 4:42AM EDT0

What a child is exposed to in their formative years is extremely important. For the parents, "showing, not telling" has never applied more than in what a child takes with them into their grown-up world. During my NDE's I had what is referred to as a Life Review. In this review specific experiences during my childhood, from baby to adult, had been highlighted with a full analysis of how it had influenced not only my adult life, but my emotional and psychological maturity. If an adult is not guided through childhood trauma, or a child not gently guided with love, firmness and responsibility, this leads to adults who, in turn, are not equipped to deal with the challenges of life. This is a topic on its own. Just know that children become adults who become the custodians of the old people.

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Aug 9, 3:01PM EDT0
How do you see yourself evolving as a writer? What do you think about your writings now as compared to when you started it at first?
Aug 9, 12:22AM EDT0

This is one of my blogs from November 2015 which explains the best.

First Editions - To Rewrite or Not?

Every writer starts somewhere. When the experienced writers look back at their first books, it is sometimes with regret that they could have written a better book, not a better story, just better in their word building and less annoying in the little mistakes first time authors make. 

I initially felt the same way about my books when recently adjusting them for e-readers, but came to the conclusion, as I am aware many other authors had, that the first books are perfect the way they are. 

Your audience has the chance to grow with you. This might not be appreciated by everyone, but after querying most of my 'salted' fans, I was convinced not to adjust the books at all. 

The opinion of the editor and beta-readers were that "you notice a marked difference in pace and writing style as the books mature with the development and growth of the main character. The first few parts are written in innocence and naivety, but without these, the story will not be understood as clearly as we do now." 

I rest my case, staying my itching hand not to re-edit the first few parts!This was 2015. We subsequently had some small adjustments to editions and I am currently busy with a re-write to make the book work for audio adaptation.

Aug 9, 12:49PM EDT0
Do you see yourself writing more of similar books, series in the future or will you move from this genre to other for a change in the future?
Aug 8, 11:25PM EDT0

I do not see myself moving away from the series subject matter for the foreseeable future as too many books are in draft already, assuring fans at least ten more books.

With readers having asked about a compilation 'Teachings' book, this is another challenge in itself to think about.

Because the books deal with so many subjects, from physical to psychological conditions, therapies, relationships, politics, demographics, and real science all included into the adventure, it never gets boring.

Aug 9, 11:44AM EDT0
Besides word of mouth, what do you think are some of the effective promotion and marketing activities that have helped your book?
Aug 8, 9:30PM EDT0

Because my books fall under 'niche market' and 'mixed genre' I have a wide reader base. Targeted internet marketing works the best. Watching out what is the highlight or topic of the day and adjusting advertisements to include what people are talking about place the focus where I wish it.

This means being hand's on all the time in order to engage readers in discussions. Most discussions happen off-internet, in private due to subject matter. Individuals are welcome to make an appointment to engage in private consultation.

Each month I make some time available for public discussions where readers can ask questions about the books if they are unsure about it. This personal attention, although time consuming, is the most effective for my series.

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Aug 8, 10:06PM EDT0
What is the name of your latest book and what is your inspiration behind it?
Aug 8, 9:06PM EDT0

Saving Leilaka is my latest release. It is the second book of the Leilaka Adventure and completes the story of Han Storm's life on Leilaka.

"Juggling a wife, a lover, a she-dragon, and a more than loyal friend, does not leave much room for Kingly duties. Meet Han Storm aka King Krish Dameous, Ruler of Leilaka."

This book is a culmination of most of the higher teachings and information mankind needs at the moment. With playtime over, you can look forward to the revealing of little-known Universal information. Or you can continue to enjoy the narration of adventures experienced by Han Storm. Intro.

List of Subjects covered in Saving Leilaka as follows:

Saving Leilaka List of Subjects (pages as per printed book)                    Page

Healer Guides and Healing                                                  10

Han is reminded of the role he plays on Leilaka                           14

Bodies change to accommodate Soul-Spirits                                25

Death is the Natural Conclusion to Life                                          45

Han reveals his true Self                                                      63

Chakras, Energy receptors, higher vibrational colours                68

First Darshan                                                             70

Cacao, Food from the Gods                                                 79

Incarnation of Old Souls                                                      96

Clairsentience, Leather, energy work                                             100

Upon Blessings                                                                      101

Making amends with passed-over people                         103

The difference in Souls                                                         110

Grounding explained                                                            113

Cosmic Races, Native and Foreign Soul-Spirits                            115

What is a Soul-Spirit?                                                           116

Methods of Soul Incarnation                                                           117

A course in reading Universal Oracle cards                                   125

All the Same                                                              144

Planets, Solar Systems, Galaxies, Universes and Beyond                        145

Upon Avatars and different types of Incarnations                                    146

Language change through the ages                                               148

What is a Puppet-body?                                                       149

More on 'What is a Soul?' and the creation of Souls                                150

Upon Indirect Avatars, Trans-Mediums and Chanellings             150

Different types of bodies                                                      153

Upon Different Races                                                           153

What is an Elemental?                                                          154

What is a Faeid?                                                                    156

Change is the only constant in Life                                     159

Chemicalization                                                                     160

Prescription to lead an honourable life                                          161

The Truth about Truth / The different kinds of Truth                    162

All About LOVE                                                                      163

What are Emotions?                                                             164

Upon Anger                                                               165, 169, 174

Upon Love and Power                                                          175

Han, the Realist                                                                     182

Gifting as Energy Exchange in maintaining the balance               184

Regarding Blessings                                                             185-188

Condensed lesson upon making love                                            190

Changing through Universal Upgrades                                         192

Different types of people play life to get to what they want                    193

Do not Judge for you know not the story behind the story                     197

Believe versus Knowing                                                       197

Difference in Lifetimes                                                         201

What is the Purpose of Life?                                                            201

True Death                                                                 202

Upon Heaven and Soul responsibility                                            203

Astral layers / different dimensions around planets                     204-206

Where do I go when I sleep?                                                           206

What more can I do as a Soul-Spirit / upon tiers and dimensions around planets      206-209

Items from previous lives and sacrifices from loved ones                       217-219

Choosing a new way of being / Choosing the path of Serion                 231

Anamnestic - Cosmic Reminders                                        232

Nayakteale                                                                             247

Naming and imbuing items with vibrations                                  262

Many Sides to a personality                                                            293-296

Astral Travel / Remote Viewing                                           306

Upon Auras and Selective Memory                                                309

What is the use of having a life?                                         313

What is joy?                                                               315

Upon lost loved ones                                                            335

Departed waiting for final goodbyes i.e. burial rites                    342

Divination in signs                                                                343

Functions of a Medium                                                        345

Self-blame                                                                 348

Upon Natural Disasters                                                        349

Upon playing by the script of Life                                       350

Life Plans, scripts, contracts                                                 352

Incarnated versus Spirit Form                                                         352

Forming of a Soul-Character                                                           352

From the Book of the Dead                                                  358

Some history on Leilaka's original Starpeople                              375

Why do people fear Lord Hanuman?                                             382

Animal Communication - dogs versus horses                              391

The Nature of Power                                                            463

Self-hypnosis Sleep Technique                                                       468

Clearing Negative Vibrations for Extended Areas                         469-471

Upon being considered 'different'                                      473

Upon seeing Auras/different kinds of Auras/healing through Auras     476-477

Healing through empathic vibrations                                            478

Learning to see Auras                                                           480-483

Function of the Etheric Body / Why we should strive to stay healthy     481

Rules of Incarnation                                                              498

Choosing the character to play in an incarnation                         498-500

Why it is better to deal with issues before starting a next incarnation   502

Structure by following the Flow of Nature                                    507

Empathic Remote Healing                                                   514

The importance of literacy                                                   523

Fine line between Seduction and Rape                                          535

Finding information directly from the Planetary Grid                  540

Coming to terms with the past to continue with the future                     543

Brain food for Psychics                                                         545

Energetic Protection from Physical Harm                          546

Pre-program Source Energy for later use                                      550

Who and What is Han Storm                                                           560

May we change our planned paths?                                               561

Why do we struggle if everything is already planned?                561

Why do we suffer? What is suffering?                                            562

Why challenges are needed                                                 562

More Upon Life Contracts                                                    563-564

Upon Spontaneous Healings / why some results are only temporary   565

Why some people embrace illness, Suffering and Negative Experiences          565

Upon so-called Luck                                                 566

What is Synchronicity and Synchrodestiny                                   566

Upon Possibilities, Probabilities and Absolutes                            567

More information on Navigators                                        602

Trees are special entities                                                      620

Cosmic Planning                                                                   630

The Hanuman Connection on Leilaka                                             630-637

The 'What if' Game                                                               639

Preparing for Death                                                              650

Where do we go when we die?                                           657

Walking them over                                                               658

Upon planning a physical life experience                           662

Preparations for Soul-Transference                                                676

Origins of Creation in a nut-shell                                        687

Death of a Soul                                                                      690

Vasundhara's Function                                                         701

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From the Author

Thank you kindly for the participation and making this a successful event.

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How has your environment or upbringing impacted your writing?
Aug 8, 7:16PM EDT0

My upbringing and environment had an immense impact on my entire life, not just my writing. I was raised in a household where books and authors were respected and loved, while book knowledge was held in high regard. I had access to libraries since I can remember, served as Librarian at public schools, private libraries, and now on Goodreads. One can say that books are a part of who I am.

This love of books, reading and writing I imparted to my own children. Despite my love for books and scribbling into diaries, I never thought about writing my own books until the accident where I had my NDEs.

After 4 years intense rehabilitation I could finally use my hands and started to write. This is what I have learnt from my accident and other authors of all walks of life:

when one is determined enough, one can overcome adverse events and gain status of Pioneer. If it was not for the brave pioneers who forged ahead despite their environment and upbringing, life as we know it today would have been a far cry from the freedom of expression we currently enjoy.   

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Do you have a favourite character in the entire story? If so, what makes him or her the favourite?
Aug 8, 11:01AM EDT0

Each person is special in a different way, occupying a different area of my heart. If I have to choose, the only option would be to choose myself as the books are about Han Storm and are recollections of my own lives.

I have been asked if the books are then not merely a glorious representation of myself. It puzzled me for a while why someone could say something like that. 

After serious introspection, I asked readers and my editor about it as I did not wish to glorify any of my lives. My intention is to tell my histories as accurately as possible, as they happened while keeping it entertaining and educational narratives. 

The startling conclusion I came to was this: You are always stuck with yourself, forever or until you relinquish individuality. You will always be the most important aspect in your life, even if you dedicate your life to the good of all. 

In the end, after leaving a life, a legacy for the living, it is still only you, with yourself. 

Since realizing this, I have become a fond friend of myself, been more forgiving of myself, letting go of anger and disappointment quicker and is generally living a happier life, with my loved ones responding positively upon this newfound self-love.

Aug 8, 11:40AM EDT0

Online Question: "How many hours in terms of audio books?"

Aug 8, 8:23AM EDT0

The narrators stated you can work on approximately 9000 words read per hour. Thus the first part should not be more than 4 hours (or about 30 hours per book, or an hour reading a day). 

It takes average readers about a month to get through a book. We are in the process of converting the first part of the series into audio format. It is taking much longer than expected as audio and the printed version differs slightly in writing technique. Due to telepathic conversations, I have to adjust for audio perceptions.

Aug 8, 8:25AM EDT0

Online Question: "How many books are you breaking the series up into? Are the words already written? Are you releasing rapidly or with a few months in between or longer?"

Aug 8, 8:20AM EDT0

The Series is currently standing at 20 parts. 5 Books (12 parts or 1,8 million words) have been published and is available to the public. 2 books (600,000 words) are with the editor and three more books are a third of the way complete.

The rest of the books are in draft with ISBN numbers and covers ready and waiting. Release dates unfortunately depend on how quickly the editing goes.

700 page books of phenomenal scope are not completed within 3-4 months but takes years. Readers sign up for the next book and patiently wait for it.

Those readers only starting the series are lucky for they do not need to wait. Book 1-3 is a Trilogy but 3 more books are being added. The Leilaka adventure book 1-2 is complete and available (one story). The rest of the books are nice to haves to complement further adventures.

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Have you ever taken inspiration from any movie? If so, what type of movie would you say connects to your writing the most?
Aug 8, 12:20AM EDT0

No. I do not take inspiration from films. I enjoy them and am gladdened that a lot of concepts I write about have been portrayed in movies.

What (type) of movie would connect the most with The Chronicles of Han?

Lucy, The Matrix, Dune, Stargate, Avatar, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, Cowboys vs Aliens.   

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Do you read reviews of your books? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Aug 7, 10:41PM EDT0

Yes, I read all the reviews on my books I am alerted to. Authors do not usually respond to reviews as it is against the rules of most publishing platforms, including Amazon and Goodreads. You are not allowed to thank reviewers or contact individual readers. This is to prevent 'influencing' readers.

As all my books are sold directly to readers, with me as point of sale, I do thank individual readers for reviews. I run a Book Club where our motto is "If it is not good enough to review, do not review at all." It really is a waste of time to give a book you did not enjoy further thought.

Latest Reviews for The Chronicles of Han Book Series

If you really have to say something, have the courage to do so publicly where others can contact you and find out why you so vehemently dislike someone's work. This is the reason 300 pages of my first book, and plenty excerpts are available. I truly do not wish someone to waste time and money on something they are not going to enjoy.

Any review is just an opinion of an individual, which they have a right to. If someone has an issue with my books, they would usually contact me directly, stating their opinion, or one of my fans would inform me about it.

I will then decide if it is worth the energy expenditure to reply publicly, or privately. If an investigation results that an individual did not purchase a copy of my books from me, I can not verify they had actually read any of my work, except the free sections, thus can not respond to that person in any case. One can not claim to know someone's story from a glimpse of some of it. Read all of my books, then get back to me on an opinion.     

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How do you go about making the setting in the characters world tangible to readers?
Aug 7, 4:23PM EDT0

By allowing readers to immerse themselves into the narrative. Mostly a short, detailed description is all that is needed to get the imagination juices flowing. This method tends to draw readers completely into the books, to the point where they get upset to put it down. I suggest that readers start reading over a weekend when they know they will not have too many interruptions. It is interesting to note at gatherings when readers discuss the books that most of them have the same visions about the books.

From my Alpha Reader

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How do you choose the names of your characters? Is Han named after you?
Aug 7, 2:23PM EDT0

I am Han. As stated in all my books, right in the front, these are my memories. I did not need to choose names. I know the names of all the people and planets, tribes and cities. When I started writing I had to get permission to mention people's names. Some people chose the names they wished to be known by in the books while others insisted I used their original names. Those who chose other names, we kept to as near as possible similar name vibrations, therefore the extra pages at the back of the books with meanings of names.

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Who reads your book when it's finally drafted? Anyone in the family or friends? And why?
Aug 7, 1:30PM EDT0

My Alpha reader (non-family) reads the raw drafts, giving feedback by chapter so I know where to elaborate, or hold back. She used to be a reader only, but before my beloved Jade passed away, she chose her as successor to assist me with these deep works.

When I'm happy with the book to go to the editor, my husband gets it to read and he filters it for me.

From editor it goes out to Beta readers for opinions. My children will only read the final versions. Some family members show support by purchasing, and reading the books. Because of personal interaction, most of my readers become friends who invite their friends into Han Storm's circle.

Thus the family is getting bigger every time a fan becomes a friend, and somewhere along the line, a Chronicles family member.

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How did you become a writer? Was this the career you always wanted or was it something that happened accidentally?
Aug 7, 8:06AM EDT0

(I've answered this in a previous question, thus will just repeat.)

I am a reluctant author. I wrote the first book for myself, as a method of healing emotionally from burn and near death trauma, and physically from the third degree burn scarring to my hands. My husband, a prolific reader, had a read through the first parts of The Chronicles of Han, mentioning that it was pretty good. Some time later friends started contacting me, stating the same, begging for more parts of the book (my husband had kindly forwarded parts to them.)Then they wanted more chapters, then their own printed copies, and suddenly I was writing not only for myself but for readers as well.

I have always had these 'stories' running around in my being, sometimes jotting things down, but never considered sitting down and doing something about it. In 2004 I sustained third degree burns to 35% of my body, had NDE experiences where I realized it was my actual past life experiences. In 2008, when I finally started to heal after intense rehabilitation and the products my husband developed for me, he gave me a laptop and stated I should write those stories down, get it out of my system, for if I had died no-one would know about it. I have not stopped writing!

Pic of me with my first printed copy of Book 1 in 2010.

 

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Which characters have you developed for a story for a minimal role but would like to focus a future story around? What is it about this character that you believe could support an entire book and what type of story would this character be best suited for?
Aug 7, 8:03AM EDT0

I have three people who wished their stories elaborated upon. All three books are in Draft.

The first is Kaleb, Han Storm's son from Leilaka. He wished to elaborate on his own adventures with his father, in his own words. This will give readers another perspective upon events, the other people, and Han Storm in particular.

The second is Roland (Slick) Hawks who reincarnated 500 years after Han Storm's disappearance from Creata. Roland became a journalist who realized he is the actual incarnation of his ancestor who used to work with Han Storm. Self-blame of a Soldier

 The third book is 'The Jade Saga'. This elaborates upon how Han found Jade in this lifetime of H Gibson. The magic, heartache, final release, and spiritual reunion of two great souls will be shared in as much detail as will be allowed.

Aug 8, 7:32AM EDT0
What plans do you have for the future regarding writing?
Aug 7, 7:58AM EDT0

I'm going to carry on writing and see where this goes. Time tells the best stories.

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