About the Author



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 passion for big adventure storytelling. He enjoys relaxing at the beach, traveling inner island, and a good weekend read.  

Joseph is currently working on his second novel, a Mystery, Suspense/ Thriller in the Adult genre with an estimated completion of mid 2020. 

Manybooks Interview with Joseph E. Henning

Published 8-10-2019


Please give us a short introduction to what Adaptively Radiant is about.

Adaptively Radiant is an adventure packed contemporary supernatural tale of discovery and exploration blended with folklore and a bit of magic.

What inspired you to write this book?

A burning desire to express my imagination and creativity for big adventure storytelling

You mixed traditional Japanese and Hawaiian folklore, along with contemporary sci-fi. Why did you take this approach.

I have always enjoyed mythology ever since my youth but my preference is modern day versus a complete fantasy world. I believe it makes the reading experience more authentic. After all, one should never live too far in the past or too far in the future.

Readers say that your descriptions of the terrain and landscapes in the book are simply breathtaking. How did you pull this off?

I have lived in Hawaii since 2007 and spent the first 30 years of my life in California. So, having personally visited many of the locations certainly helped. But, I also watched videos online, visited many websites, ordered books on the specific regions, looked at photographs, and generally gathered as much information as possible.

How much fun do you have coming up with these story lines and characters?

It was a blast. I spent countless hours researching mythology in Japanese, Hawaiian, and Native American cultures before selecting many of the mystical beings in the story.

Why YA? What appealed to you about this audience?

Adaptively Radiant was written with the intent for all to enjoy, from mature YA/ NA to Adult readers. The story has zero drug or alcohol references, mild violence and subtle sensuality. Good clean literature and for that I am thankful and proud.

This is your debut novel. What has the experience been like so far?

Fascinating. From the creative writing, to editing, publishing, marketing and promotion. A whirlwind of new and exciting challenges presented daily.

Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?

I enjoy writing 5-6 hours a day during the week with weekends off to relax although I never really stop thinking about it the story.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently writing the manuscript for my second novel, a Mystery, Suspense/ Thriller in the Adult fiction genre with an anticipated release date of early 2020.


Exerts from the book


  • They veer off the main highway onto a private road that travels away from the ocean. A thin row of tall bamboo lines both sides of the narrow roadway that continues 150 feet before dead-ending at a lavish, single-story, traditional Japanese-style home. The entire property is surrounded by an eight-foot-high maroon wooden fence with three separate entrance gates, one in the front, next to the house, and two others in opposite corners of the triangular-shaped backyard. 
  • The blade comes to a natural stopping point and the temperature gauge separates from the watch face, revealing a tiny piece of folded paper no larger than a pinky nail. 
  • Thousands of tiny florescent green lights suddenly appear in a miniature tornado of swirling illumination.  
  • Now less than ten feet away, the canines are certainly within lunging distance, and Kaito fears the worst has yet to come. He calls out loudly, trying to scare them off. "Go away. What do you want from me?" 
  • Justin feels immensely flattered by her kind words and gesture. He reaches down to gently brush his hand across hers, and she reciprocates by folding her fingers around his as they make a connection. 
  • Melia zips past a silver convertible rental car stuffed with tourists and luggage. She is eighteen years old and a recent high school graduate with plans to attend the UH Maui campus in the fall. "You will have to fill me in on all the juicy details. I can't wait to hear more about her and your vacation."
  • He squints down the shoreline to see a shadowy band of torchbearers emerge from the ocean, closely followed by a large group of apparitions dressed in battle gear. Some of the ghostly figures are clothed in decorative helmets, others wear cloaks, and all carry menacing weapons of death ranging from long spears to thumping clubs. 
  • At the exact moment when the lights go out, he sees a convoluted landscape image emerge in the bonfire backdrop and undergoes another bout of vertigo.