Interview with J. J. Hanna

Who are your favorite authors?
I love Sharon Carter Rogers, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Rick Riordan, Marcus Zusak, and many others. Those are the ones that come to mind.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The reality that something good will happen inspires me to get up every day. Even the worst of days have good moments, and those are what always make me excited to keep going.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a student, so I spend quite a bit of my time doing homework, but I'm also very into reading good books and watching good tv shows on Netflix. The Library and Netflix are two of my favorite places. That is, if you can call a website a place.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story I ever wrote. I believe it was at one of our family's friend's cabins, and the piece of banana I was trying to eat just would not cooperate. So I wrote a short little story about how it rolled away and went on an adventure, complete with crayon illustrations.
What is your writing process?
Most often, I get struck by an idea and record it in a little notebook. I have pages and pages full of little phrases of what may someday turn into short stories or novels. If it keeps rolling around in my mind, then I begin a first chapter, just to see if I think it will go further and into a novel or if I should stop it as a short. If I feel it will go further, I'll usually make a very scant outline, leaving options open but then also giving myself direction, and then I start writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The earliest story I remember is The Monster at the End of the Book. It was one of my favorites growing up, and it taught me that the ending of a story might not be what you think it will be. This is true even in my writing, as I often surprise myself with where a story goes.
How do you approach cover design?
I wait until I have a picture vividly in my mind. This usually happens somewhere in the middle of the story. Once I have a vivid image in my mind, I start looking for free stock photos I can use. Then I get to work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have found recently that I really enjoy thrillers. I've always enjoyed mysteries, but you can usually find me reading something that would fit in the Fiction category. I'm not a huge fan of romance novels, but if it is well written, I could probably be convinced.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
As of right now, the only e-reading device I own is the iPad on which I began my writing.
Describe your desk
My desk can shift from the couch to the kitchen table or even a table in a coffee shop. I like having something warm to drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, it doesn't really matter), so that's usually sitting to my right. I'll have whatever I'm writing on open directly in front of me, and then something so I can look things up next to my drink (most recently this has been my phone). If there are other things on my desk, I have a tendancy to get distracted, and distractions are a writers worst enemy.
When did you first start writing?
I was first nudged to write a novel in the seventh grade. This is where Existence stemmed from. Since that first draft it has been revised multiple times, but that's where the story came from.
Published 2016-07-03.
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Existence
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 39,160. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Will Chrysanthemum Smith, purposely selected by the head of school, be able to discover the mysteries of her past and the plans for her future to be prepared when the neighboring country attacks?