Thursday, January 5, 2017

Character Interview: Nathan Hill from 'Sealed Up'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Nathan Hill from Steve Dunn Hanson’s Sealed Up.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Nathan. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Early 40’s—that close enough? I’m an anthropology professor at UCLA.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I’m not sure what you mean by distinguishable. I have a pretty good reputation in the world among my peers because of the work I’ve done with Maya epigraphy and some of my landmark Mesoamerica archeological digs—at Piedras Negras, Guatemala especially.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I don’t laugh out loud.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. I live by myself and mostly eat out.

What is your most treasured possession?

Memories of my wife. She died a couple of years ago.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yeah. He did a pretty good job. Hard to bring out stuff about someone who doesn’t talk much.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

Ha! My hair. Just give me some. Any color’s fine.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

Don’t really have a lot of friends, probably because I like to be by myself. Thinking is better than talking.

Who is your best friend?

Hyrum Bentley. He does what I do at the University of Texas. We went on all our digs together—until the accident. He’s a quadriplegic now.

Do you have children?

No. My wife’s dead.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’d call Hyrum. He doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but he’s a believer. Deep. I’d probably ask him what he thinks is going to happen to me.

About the Author

I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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About the Book:

Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!


UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?



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