Born with Spina Bifida, Edward Hancock II says he was always a dreamer. These dreams became a reality at the age of 10 when he wrote what he considers to be his first short story. By the age of 14, Hancock developed a deep love for writing poetry. By 19, he was a staff member of the Kilgore College Ranger Yearbook and Flare newspaper. Edward Hancock II is a graduate of Sabine High School and Kilgore College. While in attendance at Kilgore, Hancock was Assistant Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Ranger Yearbook, for which he won more than 20 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. He is a member of the Northeast Texas Writers Organization (NETWO), the East Texas Writers Association (ETWA) as well as the East Texas Christian Writers and others. He is also a speaker for hire, regularly speaking to children’s and disabled groups on such topics as “life with no excuses” and “never give up on a dream”. His hobbies include reading, traveling, genealogy research and movies. He currently lives in Gilmer, Texas with a house full of four-legged children.
If you could snap your fingers and make one thing happen, what would it be and why?
I’d have an endless supply of money so that I could finally take care of my mother and give back to all the people who’ve helped me along the way.
If you could choose your last meal, and you weren’t in prison, what would it be?
Either my mom’s thanksgiving feast or simply an endless supply of chocolate in its various forms…
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks?
I keep Facebook open when I am writing. I will occasionally post random thoughts throughout the day or take a few minutes to answer an email. For some, this would be a distraction. For me, it clears the cobwebs, refocuses me and, ultimately, it leads to more production because I’m not sitting there distracted by the thought of what am I missing in the outside world. I always have a connection and that, to me anyway, is soothing.
What makes you laugh?
This will sound vain, I suppose, but oh well. I make me laugh. I find many comedians funny. I’ve seen many funny movies and been around many funny things that have happened. But I make me laugh and I think that’s important for a person who is single and lives life in relative solitude. (Aside from 2 dogs and 2 cats of course! LOL). Not everyone gets my sense of humor and that’s okay. I learned long ago that, if I’m laughing, that’s all that matters.
Who would you choose to play the two lead roles in your book, if it was made into a movie?
My lead characters are a married couple. I actually have picture folders on facebook of potential characters to play each of them. For Alex Mendez, either Jay Hernandez or Jon Seda. For Lisa Mendez, there would be several I’d like. Evangeline Lilly for one. Ashley Greene maybe. Just today, I came across Leighton Meester. She’s got the look and she’s from Texas, where the stories are set. She could well be the winner.