Thursday, 27 December 2012

New Cover Reveal: Dark Winter

Provisionally looking like a January 2013 release, I'm thrilled to show you the cover to my first YA novel, called 'Dark Winter'. This may seem a strange turn of events, because following the release of the totally non-YA-related martial arts book, The Essence of Martial Arts,  I initially planned to work on the follow-up to that.

I'm still teaching, of course, but the pull of writing something completely different from the MA arena was just too enticing.

Enough about that - this is the cover. Let me know what you think!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Book cover taking shape, and my thanks to Claudia at !!!

I've been working with the wonderful Claudia McKinney at and she has done the most amazing artwork on my fantasy horor novel. I'm going to reveal the cover when the font and typography are done over the next month or so.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Hoping to get the book cover sorted!

I've been working with Claudia at Phatpuppy Art.  A lot of email tennis is going on, but it's important to the book to give it everything it needs to be great. We will get there, I'm sure, just Claudia may need the patience of Job to deal with me!

Still, if it's worth doing, it is worth doing well.

My second book is going great on the final re-draft. Just in time for my holiday then.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A rainy day - perfect for writing / Challenging Facebook

I used to hate the rain a lot, but given that I did (and still do) a lot of martial arts training in all weathers, and I have to say, my students too, that well, you have to make your peace with it at some point. Since I started writing in earnest over two years ago, I find that I enjoy the rainy days more and more.

I'm also re-evaluating my on-line presence via social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and so on.

I've had a Facebook account for nearly two years, but after the second security breach, I decided I was going to pull away from it. I haven't deactivated the account, but I'm close to doing so. I just wanted to let those who do contact me via Facebook that I wouldn't be sticking around there.

For the time being, that is truly how I feel.

Back to writing then :)

UPDATE: October 2013...despite not really using it much, I have retained the Twitter account the publisher set up two years ago. I haven't returned to Facebook, and do not intend to!

Welcome to my books page

Hi, I'm John Hennessy. I'm a writer, and in 2011 my first book, The Essence of Martial Arts, was published. Even though it's only been out for a year,it's sold rather well for a martial arts book and, in my case, a first time writer. I learned a lot from the process, so if your aspiration is to be a writer, maybe my blog can offer you some tips.

I'm currently working on two follow up books, one about my first teacher, who had a great effect on me. The various publishers and editors I took my first book to, all agreed on one thing - that she was someone whose story should be told in a follow up book. So I'm working on that.

I try to write 5000 words a week, but this can vary wildly. Currently, I'm working on a re-draft of my first fantasy novel, which I wrote between December 2011 and May 2012.

There's another one too. It's a fantasy book as well, because, as much as I love martial arts, sometimes, it's great to step outside of that world and do something completely different. Expect more news as and when I have it.