Posted at 5:07 p.m. on March 30, 2012
Clayton Hanson can write so much faster than you.
On his 33rd birthday, this CQ Roll Caller pledged to write a novel in six months. He hit his deadline.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, 15 months later, Hanson’s second novel, “Ms. Remorse,” is being launched.
“It’s about two boys, Nick and Max, who grow up in a crab-fishing family. They end up having to go out on the Bering Sea, where it’s all wild and crazy and lots of fun stuff happens in between,” Hanson tells us. By fun stuff, Hanson means “the grinds and the inevitable bends” of life.
In other words, he says, “[the novel] chronicles the peaks and valleys of a lifelong friendship.” And it is set against the backdrop of his home state of Alaska.
“I lived on the Bering Sea,” Hanson says, “helping remove World War II-era anti-personnel devices from Adak Island.”
Hanson describes his days on the island as being long and solitary but filled with a dramatic kind of beauty.
The indigenous people, he tells HOH, say the Bering Sea is “where the wind began.”
Hanson calls the sea the last frontier, Alaska’s nickname, and the crab industry the most dangerous job in America.
It attracts “very gritty and tough men willing to work in hellacious conditions.”
“I’ve had a fair amount of friends who’ve done it. They don’t generally last very long. There’s no guarantee they’ll make money at all. It’s a gamble.”
Now 34, Hanson lives in Capitol Hill and will have his latest novel feted at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lounge 201 at 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Show up early and drink discounted beer! You can snag your own copy of “Ms. Remorse” on Saturday at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.