Addicted to stories from a young age, it was somewhat inevitable that M.J. Hearle turned to dealing them himself. Winter’s Shadow is his first published novel. While ostensibly a paranormal romance it does not contain any sparkly vampires or shirtless werewolves. Instead it creates a new supernatural mythology and a different kind of monster for readers to fear and (hopefully) fall in love with. Published in Australia by Pan Macmillan in June of 2011, it was followed by a sequel, Winter’s Light, in 2012, and a prequel eBook, Claudette in the Shadows, in 2013. An untitled third entry in the Winter novels is planned for release in late 2015.

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  1. Lorraine Hearle-Sharpe

    Hello MJ Hearle
    Congratulations on having your book published. I look forward to reading it. I’m wondering if your father or grandfather may be named Leighton (or similar ) Hearle. My grandfather, Hilton Hearle was married before he married my nana and he had a son with his first wife. The family has always tried to find him without any success. Thanks. Lorraine, Perth WA

    1. M.J. Hearle

      Hi Lorraine,
      My father’s name is Peter, and my grandfather is Tom so I don’t think either is the Hearle you’re looking for. Good luck in your search!

  2. Lindsay Cummings

    Hi MJ! I’m a blogger in the USA, and I am ridiculously excited for this book! Does it come out in the US? If not, I’d love to get a review copy so I can sing its praises on my blog!! Could you point me in the direction of somewhere I could purchase one, or possibly get one from the publisher? My blog can be found at and Winter’s Shadow is currently on my latest post about books I’m dying to read! Congrats on the success! -Lindsay

  3. Lauren

    loved you book, finished it in just two days!!
    Cant wait for the next one (although i wish i could read it now), do you have any idea around what time next year you plan to release ‘Winter’s Light’?

    Lauren, SA, AUST.

    1. M.J. Hearle

      Hi Lauren,
      I’m very happy you liked the book and that you read it so quickly too! At a guess, I’d say the sequel will be coming out in June next year. Keep an eye on my blog for updates.
      Thanks for reading!

  4. Tayla

    Hi M.J Hearle
    I’m a huge fan.
    I have just finished reading Winters Light and it took me two days.
    It was great!
    But I was wondering if you were making another book after this because I want to know what happens to winter and Blake

    1. M.J. Hearle

      Hey Tayla,
      i’m very glad you enjoyed the book. I haven’t started writing the third book yet as I’m putting the finishing touches on a short story about Claudette (Blake’s sister). Once it’s finished I’ll get started on the third Winter novel. I’ve got some pretty big ideas brewing for it and can’t wait to get them down on paper.

  5. Erin Liew

    Hi M.J.,
    Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light was amazing!
    I can’t wait till the third book comes out
    I was crying my eyes out when Blake died and was literally so annoyed that I finished the book so quickly. I fell in love with books and the characters.
    If you dont mind me asking,
    How many books are you planning to write?

    1. M.J. Hearle

      Hi Erin,
      I’m very glad the stories work for you. Blake and Winter are very close to my heart. At the moment I’m writing a short story about Claudette and then it’s on to Book 3. I think that will wrap up the series but you never know?

  6. Maria Behar

    Hi, M.J.!!
    Thank you so much for your very supportive comment on my review of “Winter’s Light”!! I greatly appreciate it, since I make sure a review is just right before publishing it on my blog.
    I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing an interview with you for my blog. Would you be interested? Please let me know! Thanks!! : )

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  8. Hannah R

    I just finished reading winters light!!!! Loved it so much!!! Anxiously awaiting the next book!

    I find it hard to find a good book these days, and this one I started reading when I went to bed couldn’t put it down was very tired the next day but it was worth it, I just couldn’t find a reason to put it down especially the first one, I would say okay lights out at the end of this chapter but then something would happen and I would have to keep reading.

    Thanks so much!!!

  9. Sophie

    Hey M.J
    I’m a massive fan, in fact you’ve signed my copy of Winter’s Light! I am so excited to read your short story on Claudette and even more excited for the third book… If you don’t mind my asking, the third installment soon?? I can’t wait to read it, I know it will be amazing!

    1. M.J. Hearle

      Hi Sophie,
      Thanks so much for writing. I certainly don’t mind you asking about the third Winter instalment. It’s nice to know there a readers who care. I’m finishing a draft of a fantasy novel I’m writing now and once that’s done I’ll turn my attention towards the final Winter novel. I’m actually toying with writing the first draft on the blog as I’m not entirely confident of being able to get it published. At least then a version will exist for fans of the books. Unfortunately, Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light didn’t sell enough copies for my publisher to want a third novel. Still, there’s always hope. If my fantasy novel (called LUNE) is better received then there might be renewed interest in the Winter novels, and as such a greater demand for a third book. Time will tell. Thanks again for writing and let me know what you think of Claudette in the Shadows. It’s actually my favourite of the things I’ve written so far.


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