James Hanna wandered Australia for seven years before settling on a career in criminal justice. He spent twenty years as a counselor in the Indiana Department of Corrections and has recently retired from the San Francisco Probation Department, where he was assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. His experience with criminal types has created fodder for his fictional characters.
James short stories have appeared in multiple journals and have received three Pushcart nominations. His first published novel, The Siege, depicts a hostage standoff in a penal facility. It has been published to critical acclaim. James' second published novel, Call Me Pomeroy, chronicles the misadventures of a street musician who joins the Occupy Oakland Movement and its spin-off movements in London and Paris. He does not join for political reasons but to get on television, land an agent, and score a million dollar recording contract for Ants in My Pants, his marathon ditty. Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer, calls the book an instant classic.