News: road trip and writing update

My apologies for the silence on the blog.

Road trip!

This is going to be a mixture of family holiday, writer’s retreat, photo shoots and research. I’m not planning to turn up at any bookstores to do signings, but I will be delighted to meet readers at a coffee shop or restaurant if I’m in the area. Message me on the contact email or Facebook.

 Family holiday: From the 23rd August to the 5th September, I’ll be in New York, with the whole family. Jessica will still be filming the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist (she plays Colleen Wing), so the schedule will be worked around that. I do plan to have a visit for Amber to New York in Bite Back, so I will be meeting readers, scouting locations and taking photographs as well.

Writer’s retreat: Home life has been ‘disrupted’ to say the least over the last few months, from replacing floors to garden landscaping. I’m going to find out how well I write when I’m not at home with these distractions. Back in 2011, I visited Denver for research and I did find I could write quite well while mixing it with doing research and being a tourist. I intend to be writing a few hours a day on average throughout this trip.

Research (and photo shoots): I’ve just about exhausted the notes I took from my first research trip to Denver, and the geographic scope of the Bite Back series has grown a lot. I actually meant to visit New Mexico and Los Angeles while I was writing Cool Hand and Angel Stakes, but it didn’t come off. So…this year I get to do the Rockies, north to south.

I have to visit the sites of the Confederation’s main packs: Wind River, Big Horn and Bozeman. I have to visit the equivalent sites for the League in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I’ll do a side trip to Nevada to take in Humboldt-Toiyabe and Highway 50. And I’ll spend time based in Denver and looking around Colorado. All of the above are for research, but of course, I’ll be touring and hiking and taking photographs and meeting people as well.

The schedule is: 6th September to 18th September in Wyoming and Montana. Starting in Cheyenne, with the farthest north probably being Helena. I may cut through Idaho on the way back. If you have recommendations for spooky, strange or unusual photogenic places, or you’re in the general area at the same time, message me on the contact email or Facebook!

19th September to 30th September. I’m based in Denver. I’m already meeting a few friends and readers and would love to meet more. I will be full of strange questions about Colorado in general and Denver in particular.

1st October to 4th October. Nevada. Route 50 and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

5th October to 10th October. New Mexico. Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Route 14.

Back to Denver, fly to New York and then fly home, hopefully with head and laptop full of ideas, scenes and photos.

If it goes well enough, there’s lots more of America I want to see.

Editing Winter’s Kiss

Current top-of-the-pile project is editing Winter’s Kiss. This is a novella sequel to The Biting Cold, which follows a different set of characters than Bite Back. However, I did rashly promise to weave them together and this is part of the reason that Winter’s Kiss has been a difficult job. While many readers will be from Bite Back, I’m hoping some new readers will come in from having read only The Biting Cold. My task is then to give them enough of a flavor of what goes on in Bite Back to read the series as well.

I’m about half way through editing and I *really* want this finished before I go on the road trip.

Editing So Many Doors

This is a background project. The book was written by my late mother in 1964 and never published. My sister and I have decided to put it up on Amazon, but there’s a surprising amount of style change required to make it ‘readable’ to modern readers. The book is set in Africa, in Northern Rhodesia, on a remote Colonial administrative center and it’s a murder mystery.

Cast list and synopses

A long-promised project. I have a lot of characters, and I’m writing a brief description of each to put in the back of the Bite Back series books, along with a synopsis of the story so far.

Next up

Bian’s Tale book 1, Saigon – The Reach of Lies. I know, I should be in Saigon researching this! However, the Saigon I’m writing about is the ‘Paris of the Orient’ in 1900, and that doesn’t exist any more.

I got about half way through writing Saigon a couple of years and it wasn’t going well, so I put it aside. It’s time to get it back out and finish it.

Schedule for publication? You know me and schedules. I’ll post progress.


Bite Back 6, as yet unnamed. Obviously, this will be next year. I have lots of scenes and ideas and I hope to have more from my road trip.


I may try my hand at writing something short and completely different, just to keep everything fresh. If you have a genre you’d like to see me try (there’s a challenge), email me at the contact address or comment here.




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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first books are available on Amazon at

21 responses to “News: road trip and writing update”

  1. Jason says :

    Have a safe trip Mark take care of yourself and the family first.

  2. Deborah Jay says :

    Sounds like a fabulous excuse, sorry – reason – for an extensive trip. Have fun!

  3. xsikal says :

    Sounds like a fun and hopefully productive trip! I’ll be hitting New Mexico for site research myself sometime in 2017, I think! (Preferably in the spring or fall 😀 )

    Looking forward to Winter’s Kiss!

  4. Jason says :

    Here is another article that might have something for you to check out.

  5. Robert says :

    How goes progress on Winter’s Kiss?

    Also, since you brought it up, what relationship is Jessica Henwick to you?

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Hi Robert

      Winter’s Kiss needs 2 high stakes negotiation dialogues to be completed, and then it goes back to Lauren for final edits. I’m in New York now and I have been a little distracted, but I *will* be editing on this trip. I have actually done some useful plotting work for the Bite Back series, and got some background ‘feel’ for the future Bite Back visit to NYC (including a steak house called Amber, which has great seating ornamentation worthy of a vampire’s lair, pictures of which I will post).

      Jessica is my daughter.

      • Robert says :

        Oh cool. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in the series — feels like it’s been ages since the last one.

        I had no idea you had such a famous daughter!

  6. Alan Ferkinhoff says :

    I would recommend going to Butte Montana as it’s the very definition of a mining town. It’s grown up around the mines and the Berkeley Pit almost swallowed up the town.
    Another place might be the site of the old Anaconda copper works. It’s just the smokestack and slag pile now.
    Hope that helps.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thank you Alan. I’ll post about where I manage to go, and Butte is certainly on the list. I’m wary that I might have bitten off too much for this trip. Miles on a map and miles on the road may appear different! 🙂

      I’m still in New York (Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be more exact) and I’m here until the weekend.

  7. Robert says :

    Whar new books, whar?!

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Winter’s Kiss final edits came in yesterday. I’ve worked through most of them. There are a couple that just aren’t quite right and the whole thing needs a final read through. I’m guessing a couple of days.

      It’s a bit over 37k words. I’m going to brand both Winter’s Kiss and The Biting Cold (20k words) as novellas when I publish Winter’s Kiss.

      Everything else for Winter’s Kiss is ready – cover, blurb etc. So, next week is a pretty good guess for the publication date.

  8. Mark Henwick says :

    Hi Robert

    Yes, new post created. As this is a sequel to The Biting Cold, but not (yet) in the main Bite Back thread, I’ve called the series ‘Bite Back: Outsiders’, and the books are number 1 and 2. If I write a third book with Amanda as the PoV it will be in this series, but the plan is to bring these characters into Bite Back in book 6, and that would be with Amber as PoV.

    Similarly, with Bian’s Tale, with Bian as PoV, those will all be in their own companion series numbering.

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