Joseph E. Henning is an author born in the County of Los Angeles, California who moved to Maui, Hawaii in 2007. His debut novel, Adaptively Radiant, was inspired by city life versus island life experiences blended with a youthful passion for nature, folklore, and big adventures. He enjoys swimming, body surfing, traveling inner island, and a good weekend read.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote some poems early in my teens and a few song lyrics in high school for our garage band.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Adaptively Radiant was written as a traveling adventure story to express my fascination with nature, mythology, and human relationships. I grew up in Southern California, currently reside in the state of Hawaii, and have always held a place in my heart for the county of Japan. So, the book leaps between these locations, incorporating the different cultures, food, and portions of their mythological belief systems.
While on a summer vacation in Japan, Justin Toshi Blackwood attends the 21st birthday party of his cousin Kaito. The two young men share a great-grandfather and soon realize they have inherited a mysterious family heirloom containing a tiny hidden map. So begins an international scavenger hunt where they must collaborate efforts to recover nine supernatural objects of grand significance.