JA Henry is the pen name of a Bathurst region writer whose first novel ‘Just a Nobody’ will be published April 27.
Released by Shawline Publishing, ‘Just a Nobody’ is firmly in the contemporary crime, mystery and thriller genres.
“The book is based around a fictional crime story that originates in Bathurst and then floats around different parts of Australia,” the author said.
MEET STEVEN BRICE, THE NOBODY THAT NONE OF US WOULD SHARE EVEN A SECOND GLANCE WITH…
Steven had finally overcome his violent childhood and was happily married, until the day an infidelity of his wife was discovered and he became a man seeking retribution.
Determined to rid the world of those who pose a threat to him, Steven spends his nights working as a cleaner of the streets, in more ways than one! But when Steven gets called as a witness to his own
crime, he must truly become the nobody that no-one would ever give a second glance towards. Cursed by the lies, corruption and crime about him, what will happen when everything begins to unravel?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JA Henry lives in country NSW and has worked half his life in the prison system. He is married and has a small property in a rural setting where his wife and animals keep him busy.
A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR
WHAT DREW YOU TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF ‘JUST A NOBODY’ AND TO THE CHARACTERS WITHIN?
I got a lot of the information for ‘Just a Nobody’ from my experiences in life, even just through watching the news or crime stories, or browsing the internet. I took a lot of inspiration for the characters from my work life and the people I have met and interacted with.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE ARTISTIC PROCESS?
I think firstly just realising that I want to write and so I should just give it a go. Everyone has a story to tell, I needed to write mine! Past that, I think accepting that the story was okay was quite difficult. It surprised me when people I am close with read and enjoyed my story.
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK?
I go and see my pets mostly. Otherwise I’ll take a walk through the paddock, go for a drive and listen to music. You just have to take some time to clear your head.