Patrick Hall: FAQ

Here is some basic information as well as frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below or visit the contact page.

Who are you?
I am Patrick Hall, an author of speculative fiction and blogger of everything from science to religion (atheism) to politics as well as many other topics.

How old are you?
I was born on November 13, 1992—a Friday!—so that makes me twenty-two.

Where are you from?
I am from Mölndal, Sweden. That's in Europe. I have lived there my whole life.

Is Patrick Hall a pseudonym?
Sort of. My real name is Lars Patrik Hallgren.

Your name is Lars?
No, that's my middle name, but it is placed before my actual given name because it sounds better that way.

Why did you choose to have a pseudonym?
Patrick Hall sounds better and is easier to remember. It has nothing to do with hiding my identity.

Did you always know you wanted to be an author?
Both yes and no. Mostly no. Although, a little bit yes. I have always enjoyed writing, and when I was younger, I constantly tried to write a novel. It was not until January 2012, when I was nineteen, that I was mature and dedicated enough to handle writing a novel. That is when I decided to do it professionally. In fact, prior to this, I hadn't even thought of doing it professionally. Suddenly realizing something so obvious came as a shock, mostly because it struck me as odd that I hadn't thought of it earlier.

Can we become friends on Facebook?
I am sorry, but no. I do not accept random requests on my personal Facebook profile. Do not be afraid to contact or follow me, though (if you can find me on Facebook). Who knows, such encounters may lead to us becoming Facebook friends—and perhaps even real friends.

Do you have an official Facebook page?
Yes, I do have an official Facebook page.

Do you have an official Twitter handle?
Yes, I do have an official Twitter handle. It's also my personal one, and I am not a brick wall. Don't be afraid to send me a tweet or two.

Do you have an official Google+ account?
Yes, I do have an official Google+ account. I don't use this as much as Facebook or Twitter, though.

Do you read emails and letters sent to you?
Yes, I do. Unfortunately, depending on the volume, I may not be able to answer all, since I would have no time to write more books. Please, do not be discouraged to contact me!

Where can I purchase your books?
My books are primarily available on Amazon. The paperback editions can also be found at my CreateSpace eStore—a part of Amazon—and other retailers (including Amazon). Check out the Bibliography section for my more links.

In which genres do you write?
Primarily speculative fiction, which is an umbrella term for genres such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, and so on. I also blog about atheism, religion, science, politics, and much more (and maybe I will write a book or two on atheism, religion, science, and politics).

I read, rated, reviewed, and/or recommended your book. Do I get anything?
Why yes, you get my eternal gratitude. And a cookie—a metaphorical cookie.

When will your next book be out?
I implore you not to ask me this question. Please, see this page for upcoming releases.

Do you care about what I, the reader, think?
Yes! I most certainly do! What you, the reader, think is very important to me. Any and all feedback is appreciated and always welcome. I would appreciate it even more if you keep it civil; as long as it is civil, any critique is welcome.

What is BitD, WoC, and LLTD?
BitD is an acronym for Blades in the Dark, WoC is an acronym for The Winds of Change, and LLTD is an acronym for the long name The Long Lost Tales of the Dragonlands. And on a somewhat related note (no one has pointed it out, but grammar Nazis may think it), yes, I know that "Long Lost" is a compound adjective and it is best if they are hyphened when placed before the noun, but that would not look good in a title.

You are really good at English, even though you are a Swede. How come?
I don't really know. I suppose I could have a natural talent for it. Or maybe I learned watching movies, playing video games, and reading books. Nature versus nurture. Who can tell?

Will you read my book?
I cannot read every book anyone throws at me. Sorry. If it is a short story or LLTD fanfiction, I can certainly take a look, but I cannot read longer novels.

Do you believe in God?
No, I don't. I am an atheist, as evident on my Twitter handle and in blog posts. This is because I don't believe in any unsubstantiated claims; I require evidence. I am also more or less against religion (though not religious people), because it indoctrinates, subjugates, oppresses, and kills.