RJ Hanson has accumulated a number of real-world experiences that have served to give him a unique understanding of the human condition and a perspective that gives his writing an honest grit. He has also benefited from years of training ranging from interview and interrogation techniques to hand to hand combat to SWAT tactics. RJ is a certified Firearms Instructor and Linguistic Statement Analyst.
In his youth he worked as a cowboy having grown up on a small ranch in north Texas. At the age of 15 (1989) he was selected for the TAMS (Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science) project at the University of North Texas where his young eyes were opened to the world.
In his spare time, RJ has studied medieval combat and military tactics as well as arms and armaments of various cultures and times. RJ and some close friends and family also meet almost every weekend to play a pen and paper Role Playing Game (think Dungeons & Dragons with more math) using the oldschool Rolemaster system. Some of the characters played have been a part of their gaming and their lives for more than twenty years!
RJ and his wife, Michelle, live on a small ranch where they maintain a modest heard of cattle, two dogs, a variety of barn cats, a peacock named Henry and a peahen named Margaret (aka Ferd).
RJ wrote what would become the first three volumes of the Heirs of Vanity Series in 2001. It wasn’t until the summer of 2018, at the prompting of his daughter/editor Kaity Norriss, that work began in earnest. In March of 2019 the first book, Roland’s Path, was published.
Thus, with Kaity editing and his wife Michelle proofreading, the family team has published the first few volumes of the Epic Fantasy Tale, Bloodlines Reforged. Of which the Heirs of Vanity Series is one of several to come.
The book signing events have been an adventure. One not possible without the help of friends like Riker, Jake, Bradyn, and Zach. They are also key members of our weekly pen and paper RPG sessions. We run a variety of campaigns based on the Rolemaster system from Iron Crown Enterprises.