New interview online

New interview online

There’s a new interview with me online at LeLivro. It was fun to do and hopefully not too bad to read. Also, LeLivro is a great new site selling my self published titles. The more the merrier 🙂


Unpublished/Work In Progress Opening Lines

Following on from the last post, I’ve decided to list the opening lines (well, opening sentence really) of novellas/novels that are either finished and awaiting publication or are Works In Progress. Given their nature, both the opening sentence and titles are subject to change (particularly with the WIP). Question is, have my opening sentences improved? In no particular order…

“The pain he felt as he lay dying in the gutter, aged 27, the victim of a random, frenzied knife attack, could not compare to the agony he felt four years later when he was reanimated.”

“Earth Controller, he liked the sound of it.”
Liberation Of Worlds (Book Two in The Szuiltan Trilogy)

“She sat on the headstone, claws flexing, wings furled, as she had sat for almost four centuries.”
The Village Witch

“Six minutes before he died, Dr Lau Ka Ting knew they had killed him.”
The Wizards Of Yradion


Published Work, Opening Lines

Every writer knows that the opening lines of a story are of vital importance. Question is, how well do your opening lines stack up when you look back on them? I’m not at all sure about mine, but I’m going to go through those stories published as individual books (novels, novellas and, in a couple of cases, short stories) and put the first lines below, partly for fun and partly to see how they look after some time. Also, who knows, if any of them are good enough they might entice some of you to read a book of mine you haven’t got round to yet 🙂 The temptation is to list past that first sentence but I’ve tried to resist it. Curious to see how that opening sentence looks on its own! Listing them in chronological order of publication.

I’ve been here before.
Welcome Home

Where am I? I’m frightened. They hurt me. They really, really hurt me!
Raised In Evil

“The winter of 2118 was a hard one.”
Hard Winter (short story)

“‘Are we losing control?'”
The Szuiltan Alliance

“The escalator spiralled down the side of the building, carrying the crowd of early evening shoppers towards the street below.”
A World Of Assassins

“My name is Norman Leonard and at one time I lived in Liverpool, North West England, with my wife Chrissy.”
Hard Winter: The Novel

“‘Are you the ant man?'”
The Ant Man