Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. As a teenager, she had several short stories published in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at the age of 17.
Hadena graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian studies. She has always wanted to be a writer so she also took several classes in creative writing.
Hadena’s primary literary genre is action/thriller. She currently writes two series, both use action/thriller. “The Brenna Strachan Series” uses fantasy and the “Dreams & Reality Series” uses murder mystery as its secondary genre. She continues to explore and expand her writing and hopes to soon produce a comedic action/thriller.
When she isn’t busy writing or running her business, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She also loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, reading everything from the classics like Jane Austen to modern writers like Terry Pratchett. One of her all-time favorite books is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages.
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me to write. I am bombarded daily with ideas that come from every day life. I find that the tedium daily routine inspires me just as much as the usual and exciting “once in a lifetime” events.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser. Each book starts out as a general idea and as the story flows, it takes shape. Since I’m not much of a planner, I’m often surprised by things characters say or do. Or I find a new plot thread in the story that I hadn’t intended to be there in the beginning.
Occasionally this means that not only am I surprised by what happens, but it doesn’t flow very well and threads are dropped. So the rewrites and content editing are very important.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both, but I talk to them more than I listen… Especially when I think they do something that is out of character. I often find myself saying aloud “what? why did you do that?” It isn’t until later, when I have finished the story or am re-reading sections that I get the answers to those questions.
What advice would you give other writers?
Work hard, set realistic goals and keep at it. Writing should be a passion, not just a hobby or a career. It requires lots of hard work, not just in the writing department, but each step of the process. Writing, editing, getting cover art, marketing, book tours, social networking, all of it is required, especially in the ebook age and it is very time consuming. If you don’t have passion for writing, then it becomes tedious, overwhelming work. If you have the passion, all of it becomes a labor a love and it doesn’t seem overwhelming. You’ll find a schedule for working all of it into your time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had been offered a couple of writing contracts, but they never seemed to fit my needs as a writer. For a long time, I gave up on the idea.
Recently, I found myself exploring independent publishing options. The time seemed to be right and self-publishing seemed like the best option for me. So I took the plunge.
I would suggest to any new author to explore all the options. Traditional publishing is perfect for some people, but for others, self-publishing is the answer. Just remember, both of them are going to require work. Books don’t just sell themselves.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am looking forward to the future of book publishing. The ebook revolution is doing great things to get small companies and independent authors rewards for their work. There are lots of great writers who wouldn’t get the chance to share their stuff with the world if it weren’t for the technological advancements that made ebooks possible and the fall of the vanity press. I expect as we continue down this road, that it will only get better.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Short Stories
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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