About McKenna

McKennaJamesMcKenna James – yes that is the correct order of his name – hails from Southern California, a CPA by day, and a writer and reader by night. He loves a good story more than just about anything, and his passion is to tell them for a living. His genre of choice is epic fantasy, but any story with ridiculously good romance will garner his immediate and utmost attention. 

It’s all about new places for this writer-to-be, never happier than when he hits the highway for a long road trip. He’s traveled all over the world, from Auckland, NZ to Europe and every one of the 50 states. And it’s not only his dream to continue to travel, but to do so for a living, promoting his books in whatever way is possible or necessary.

His favorite books are Pride and Prejudice by Austen, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith, Harry Potter by Rowling (especially Goblet of Fire), The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss, and the Mistborn trilogy by Sanderson. The Name of the Wind was of particular inspiration to him. Patrick Rothfuss’ incredible writing challenged him to further hone and fine-tune his craft, and he owes much of his progress to that book. And of course, what writer today wasn’t influenced in some way, subconsciously or not, by J.K. Rowling?

But it’s not all about books. A fantastic story can be provided by any medium these days. And McKenna loves the story-telling talent being produced in Japan. From Masashi Kishimoto’s ongoing Naruto manga, to Tomoko Ninomiya’s Nodame Cantabile, to the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and all his amazing films, there is no describing the vast and diverse collection of stories that provided the largest inspiration to James’ own works. Without them, he wouldn’t be the writer he is today.

Some other interesting facts: he thinks bread is disgusting, he loves games of all types (video, card, and board) and always plays to win, and he is a Christian by grace.


Favorite quotes:

“Know one thing, but know it better than anyone else.” – Orville Redenbacher

“I believe in God like I believe in the sun – not because I can see it, but because by it, I can see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis