It’s been a year and a half since I last wrote anything on this site.

That’s a long time. Long enough for this to feel less like a check-in and more like an opportunity to begin afresh. You’ll notice if you search the archives that all my previous posts have vanished. This was an unfortunate side effect of the site re-design. In other words, I didn’t know what I was doing and deleted everything. It’s fine. I’m a writer. A blank page doesn’t frighten me.

So, let’s start again.

My name is M.J. Hearle. I write. Books mostly, but other things as well. My first novel Winter’s Shadow was published in 2011. It was about a girl who fell in love with a boy who wasn’t human. It is not as generic as that sentence suggests. There are other worlds, complicated mythologies, magic and monsters. And cats. Lots of cats.

The people who read Winter’s Shadow seemed to like it – liked it enough for my publisher to ask for a sequel, Winter’s Light (2012), and a prequel, Claudette in the Shadows (2014).
They’ll probably be in the paranormal romance section of your local bookstore. You know the one – where all those sparkly vampire, shirtless werewolves and brooding angel books are. Unfortunately, my book has no vampires, werewolves or angels. Nobody sparkles. Fair warning, there is plenty of brooding.

If your local bookstore is out, click here and purchase your own signed copy. Heck, buy one for a friend. I’ll do you a good deal.

In mid-2014, I started writing a novel called Lüne, about an English boy who travels to a magical world to defeat an ancient evil. It is not as generic as that sentence suggests. If the Winter books were my first hesitant steps as a storyteller, Lüne is a confident sprint. I had a better handle on what I was doing this time. More to the point, I had fun while I was doing it. The first draft anyway.

Two years and five drafts later Lüne is just about ready to go to publishers. The writing has taken longer than my first three books combined. Partly, because I wanted to tell the story the best I could. Partly, because I lead a busy life that leaves precious little time for writing. I’m not complaining. I’m grateful. There are far worse fates to suffer than being busy.

With Lüne finished, I’m ready – nay eager to jump back into the world of social media. That means more posts, tweets and pics. You’ve gotta have a strong social media platform if you are to make it in this cutthroat publishing business. There’s a lot of competition out there. It’s not enough to write a book. You need to be able to market it yourself as well. With that in mind, please click on the relevant social media icons on this page if you’d like to stay up to date with what’s happening in my life. Most of the content will not be inane. Some of it will be. This is social media after all. If you’re the forgetful sort, fill out the field below and subscribe to my newsletter so you’ll never miss a post.

My name is M.J. Hearle. I write. Books, mostly.

Sometimes blog posts.

M.J.