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.