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James Hanna, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author James Hanna whose book A Second, Less Capable Head intrigued me from beginning to end with its unique stories. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love short stories that are peculiar but brilliant but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for James, a biography of the author and an interview between me and James will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful James Hanna.

James Hanna wandered Australia for seven years before settling on a career in criminal justice. He spent twenty years as a counselor in the Indiana Department of Correction and recently retired from the San Francisco Probation Department, where he spent another fourteen years as a probation officer assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. Due to this background, the criminal element figures strongly in his writing.

James has had over fifty story publications and was nominated three times for the Pushcart prize. Many of his stories are included in his anthology, A Second Less Capable Head, which was awarded a silver medal by Independent Press Awards. James is the author of two other award-winning books. Readers’ Favorite International Awards gave his novel, The Siege, a bronze medal in the literary fiction category. The Siege depicts a hostage standoff in a medium security prison. Readers’ Favorite Awards gave his book, Call Me Pomeroy, a gold medal in the humorous fiction category. Call Me Pomeroy chronicles the misadventures of a narcissistic street musician on parole who joins the Occupy Oakland Movement of 2011. He does not join for political reasons but to get on television, land an agent, and score a million dollar recording contract. James’ books are available on Amazon.

Now, how wonderful does James sound?! James is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of their work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and James, I hope that you enjoy James’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover Blog! In your own words could you please tell us about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

The book is an eclectic mix of stories, some written in the science fiction mode, others embracing the darker fantasies of stalkers, schizophrenics, and sociopaths. The stories were inspired, in a large part, by twenty years I spent as a counselor in the Indiana Department of Correction and another fourteen years I spent as a San Francisco probation officer. While attached to the San Francisco Probation Department, I was assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. Many of my characters are composites of criminal types I have known.

What would your advice be to aspiring writers?

Read extensively, not just contemporary writing but the classics as well. There is a great deal to be learned from Shakespeare, James Joyce, and William Faulkner. Join a writers’ organization and become a member of a critique group. Also, familiarize yourself with the traps into which writers often fall. These traps include weak characterizations, excessive stage setting, lazy modifiers, and telling rather than showing. I will be making a presentation to my branch of the California Writers’ Club in June. The presentation is entitled, “Ten Writer Traps.” If any of your readers are interested, I could send them a short summary of this presentation.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

Characters. All the great books have compelling characters. I will never forget Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, Wolf Larsen in The Sea Wolf, or even the Devil in Milton’s Paradise Lost. These characters are not only distinctive, but harbor interesting contradictions that make them multi-dimensional.

Lastly, when can readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I have another anthology in the pipeline entitled, The Hangings and Other Taut Tales. I expect it to be launched late this year. I also have two more books available on Amazon: The Siege, which depicts a hostage standoff in a prison and Call Me Pomeroy, which chronicles the misadventures of a narcissistic street musician on parole. This character joins the Occupy Oakland Movement of 2011 hoping to get on television, land an agent, and score a million dollar contract for his marathon ditty: “Ants in My Pants.”

I recently attended the Readers’ Favorite International Awards Presentation in Miami. The Siege received the bronze medal in the literary fiction category. Call Me Pomeroy was awarded the gold medal in the humorous fiction category.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with James! If you have liked what you have read about James and are interested in learning more about them and reading his work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,



A Second, Less Capable, Head: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

James Hanna: Facebook – Website

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