Nah, it's not a threat. My 27th book is out on the 1st September 2019!
Hide is an adult psychological thriller, short listed for the 2019 Fantastica Prize. You can get it as a paperback or e-book on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Hide is one of those novels you want to put down, but just can't. Instead, you follow the characters into a twisted maze of human nastiness that is believable as it is inventive - because you just HAVE to know who did it and how. Henderson has a gift for quickly creating unique characters that act in horribly human ways. Some characters you love. Some you understand. Some you want to like, but suspect might not be terribly nice people. And he throws them into a thriller-murder mystery with so many twists and deftly-obscured clues it's impossible to predict the end. I read it in one sitting. Then read it again.
If you love an impossible murder mystery and you love a good thriller, Hide is definitely the book for you.
Aiki Flinthart - author of the Shadows trilogy and the Kalima Chronicles
I’m a lifetime reader and began dabbling in the craft of writing a few years ago. My biggest challenge was the blank screen and the internal battle I’d wage between myself and machine to create engaging content. I had a long list of characters and scenarios mapped out in my head but when it came time to write the actual story, I struggled to develop the characters and the story line, so after a couple of chapters it flat lined.
If I’m brutally honest, writing fiction with adults as the main cast is a challenge. They have these awful things called flaws! Who knew? They are influenced by their life experience, culture and social demographics and I quickly discovered they didn’t always share the page well with each other. When I tried to place my characters within the plot I’d outlined I ended up feeling like I was cooking a seven-course meal without a recipe or headcount.
How did I eventually succeed and write a novel? I stepped outside my comfort zone. I didn’t take a small side step into a similar genre, I dove head first into a genre that has previously never interested me and I’ve read very little of. Back to my earlier cooking analogy and you’re probably thinking that this move was a recipe for disaster but much to my amazement and now yours, it worked.
I moved over in to middle grade fantasy fiction. Why did I succeed? I removed the constraints I’d placed on myself in adult fiction. My target audience possesses unlimited imagination, so my characters do to. I found it liberating to create a fearless cast that are thrown into a once in lifetime adventure in brand new world.
The inspiration for my novel came from my eldest son, Sean. He asked me to tell him a story instead of reading one. I didn’t know where to start, so I asked him what it should be about. He said he wanted it to be set in Ireland because that’s where daddy, granny and granda are from. Right, I thought, no pressure here. I’d half thrown something together in my head when he requested it be about a frog. As it goes, I managed to craft up a little something that has a taste of Ireland and a quirky frog with long legs and personality to spare.
I enjoyed the story so much that I created a cast of accompanying characters, a dash of humour, a lot of adventure and a large dose of imagination.
The Springfield writers anthology is now out! A collection of short stories, including one by Jan Henderson -it was number 1 in the Amazon Anthology category. You can get it at Amazon here
When I was in primary school, I got the urge to travel and see a bit of the world. I hadn’t ventured too far from home before, because I lived on a rough Dundee housing estate where the ice cream van was called ‘Jack the Ripple’. So I bravely set out and discovered a Woolworths at the end of the block, which had a bargain book bin with tatty paperbacks for 5p each. Since pocket money hadn’t been invented yet, I bought as many as I could afford.
I can still recall the titles, in order of inappropriateness.
The Hot Rock by Donald E Westlake (Hilarious)
Freebie and the Bean by Paul Ross (Hilarious and filthy)
Through the Dark and Hairy Wood by Shaun Herron (Set during the N. Irish Troubles)
The Edge Westerns by George Gilman (Made American Psycho look cosy)
Nexus by Henry Miller (Probably shouldn’t have been sold to a child)
What was this mad stuff I’d discovered? It was challenging, exciting and forbidden. I dumped my Enid Blyton collection and vowed never to read a kid’s book again.
It’s a mindset I kept when I started writing teenage/YA novels. To me they’re just adult books with the swearing taken out. Younger readers can handle complex plots and ideas and don’t like to be talked down to. Adults can accept a few teenage characters. They were young once. A page turner should transcend age boundaries and that has always been my goal.
'Bunker Ten' was the first of these attempts. My publisher said it was too complex, violent and hard to categorize for teens and only brought it out ‘cause they’d paid the advance before they read it. It was short-listed for the Waterstone’s Book Prize, The Angus Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Book Award, The RED Award, the Stockport Book Prize - and won the Royal Mail Award. Voted for by kids.
Ironically, my favourite novel is for children - 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen' by Alan Garner (read by mistake when I was in my 30’s). Yet it’s still a struggle to convince people that the same book can be enjoyed by adults and teens.
All it really takes is a bargain bin to get the ball rolling.
That’s why I’m giving away a free eBook of 'Bunker Ten' to anyone, of any age, who contacts me and asks for a copy. All I ask is that you share this post with any kids or adults that might be interested.
Jan-Andrew Henderson https://www.janandrewhenderson.com
BUNKER 10. Special Anniversary Edition
On Christmas Eve, Pinewood Military Facility blew up, leaving no survivors.
Inside were 240 personnel, a mixture of soldiers and scientists.
There were also seven teenagers.
This is the story of their last day.
Winner of the Royal Mail Award. Winner of the Royal Mail Award.
Short-listed for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, The Angus Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Book Award, The RED Award and the Stockport Book Prize.
‘I raced thorough it… Great stuff’ - Charlie Higson (Young James Bond)
‘A high octane, action packed adventure story’ -The Guardian
‘I finished reading it and just said, wow… 9/10’ - Sunday Herald
‘A plot that crackles’ - Scotsman Newspaper
‘A contemporary classic… this story is in a class by itself’ - In The Library Review
‘Delivers an emotional punch as well as an adrenaline rush and more twists than the average roller coaster… a treat’ - Write Away
‘Certain to attract a readership’ - Bookline
‘Hold tight for a non stop thrill ride’ - Teenreads
‘I was swept along by the sheer cleverness. It captivated me’ - Vulpis Libris
‘Just like a good Crichton Book… makes you sit back and think’
- The Phoenix Book Company
‘Every now and then a book comes along wherein the reader is genuinely surprised by a shocking development halfway through. This is one such stunner’
- Kirkus Book Review
‘An intelligent, suspenseful novel with all the ingredients of the perfect thriller’ - Teensreadtoo.com
‘Sets a high standard in excitement. Complex high-tech ingredients, wild and uninterrupted action, comical characters and multitudes of surprising twists and turns’- Chris Shanley-Dillman (Finding My Light and The Black Pond)
City of the Dead: The Fascinating Supernatural History of Edinburgh is now out!
Edinburgh is a modern, lively capital in a civilized western country. Yet it has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places on earth.
This book is an attempt to find out why.
It’s a history of Edinburgh‘s dark side,
a guide to its supernatural locations and an investigation into the occult in general
- including this city’s connections to it.
Jan-Andrew Henderson is a historian and award winning author who worked as a ghost tour guide in Edinburgh for twenty years.
If anyone knows the truth, he does.