Author James Hankins being interviewed in September 2015 about his thriller story The Prettiest One for Kindle Most Wanted, Amazon’s community for fans, mysteries and suspense novels. (Photo permission and courtesy of James Hankins.)
This blog post is the second of a two–part interview with author James Hankins. Following the format I used last week in writing about James and his storytelling, I am just going to go right back into the interview with him without any further comment.
What is it about writing that gives you strength, perhaps a verification of joy in what you are doing?
I’ve always wanted to tell stories. For a long time, I wrote them without knowing whether they would ever be heard by anyone outside of my immediate family. Now, there are people I’ve never met reading my books. There’s a lot of joy for me in that.
It was an absolute delight to talk with James. His responses revealed to me just how much he is dedicated to his writing.
I venture to say that while storytellers are solely in the process and struggle of creating stories, their solitary venturing can be made less lonely by those around them. This backing is vitally important because this support lends strength to the power and expression of these artists’ creativity. The effect of such backing and advocacy provides invaluable reinforcement to writers. This endorsement and patronage of the heart provides writers with wings to do their storytelling . . .
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