Interview with James Hudnall

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading either non fiction or fiction. I am also a big movie buff and select TV shows.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth or I browse ebook sellers for new stuff that looks interesting,
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I wanted to be a writer from an early age. I didn't remember my first story but I remember writing a lot of science fiction stories in middle school.
What is your writing process?
I imagine alternatives to existing problems conflicts or situations that would make an interesting story, Then I work from there, imagining characters and back story, Then I try to condense it into a logline because that is the best way to find clarity in your story, That is, you must be able to explain it clearly in one or two sentences. If you can't, you need to think about it some more. Once I have that down, I go to an outline stage, breaking down the beats of the story. That is my normal process but I have also just winged it. That was mostly when I was starting out. I rarely do that anymore.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was reading before I went to kindergarten, So I am not sure what book was my first, though I loved Dr. Seuss and Curious George. I think Seuss and his imaginative stories were the bigger influence.
How do you approach cover design?
I come up with visual ideas and talk them over with an artist. Having worked in comics for many years I know quite a few.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:

1. The Lord of the Rings - this book is a massively successful book because it creates a realistic fantasy world as detailed as any good historical fiction novel, only better. It has many powerful themes and great characters and it's so rich I have read it over 20 times and always find it rewarding.

2. The Stars my Destination - Alfred Bester, a former comics writer like myself, wrote one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time in the 1950s. It still holds up to this day and is even more advanced than a lot of current books, The story is about a man who was left adrift in space and seeks revenge on those who didn't save him. It's a wild, wild ride and worth your time.

3. Dune - One of the greatest science fiction novels ever by Frank Herbert. It does not translate to film very well because it deals with a lot of internal conflicts. But it is a wholly original and fascinating book, ripped off a zillion ways by movies like Star Wars. Unlike that film, this book is sophisticated and adult.

4. The LA Quartet books by James Ellroy - I am cheating here because this is 4 books not one. They are The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz. They are powerhouse crime novels but one of America's premiere crime writers. They form a narrative thread which is why I include them all.

5. The First Law books by Joe Abercrombie - Again, I am cheating but these books are a fantastic fantasy series that is both original and fresh. The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and the The Last Argument of Kings form the trilogy, I rate them higher than Game of Thrones and recommend them highly,
What do you read for pleasure?
I like mostly crime fiction and some fantasy and science fiction. I will also read some nonfiction for pleasure if it looks interesting.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Either a Kindle Fire 8 or a Ipad. But I tend to use the Kindle more these days.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that. So far social sites.
Describe your desk
It's wide and messier than I would like, but I tend to want more things handy than I need.
Published 2015-12-11.
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Books by This Author

The Secrets of Writing
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 67,450. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Everything you need to know to write great stories, from structure, plotting, dialog, characterization and many other techniques an author has to master. This book explains everything from writing comics to prose to screenplays by a writer who has done them all. Everything about the craft and more.
Hell's Reward
Series: The Age of Heroes, Book 1. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 41,740. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Magic, Mystery and Thrills! Six people are brought together by fate to deal with a world where chaos stalks the fringes, Where demons and villains plot its ruin, Where no good deed goes unpunished. But the heroes won't lie down. Instead they will usher in a new age. The Age of Heroes.