Bian’s Tale – Innocence

There has to be a slight interlude, before I get back onto writing the serial I recently promised.

However… I see many readers have visited the site, so I need to post something. I took the old first version of the first section of Bian’s Tale off the blog recently. It’s a bit of a cheat to post it again, but this book has been three years in the writing, and there may be readers who didn’t see this the first time around. It has also changed and some may be interested to see what it looks like now. This is the 4th version / major revision, and this section the least affected by rewrites.

Here’s the link to the original post, if you’re interested in the comments that were made when I first posted it: Comments from original posting

I’ve no single reason why this book has taken me so long. There are sub-reasons – the language, the research about Saigon in 1890, the growth of Bian’s character (including a gap ‘off-screen’ where she assimilates 19th C French culture), the difficulty of building a character in an Urban Fantasy book before the paranormal shows up, and so on. It does also get quite dark in the middle sections. One of the most fundamental problems has been that I’m not crystal clear who I’m writing this for. I think that sounds like crazy writer stuff, but if you want me to elaborate, ask and I will.

This section is 6k words long. If people want it, I will post the second and third sections (in parts – they are a bit long for single posts). I am approaching the end of the 5th, out of 6 sections in all. The sections are called Innocence, Awakening, The Right Path, Unraveling, Darkness Falls (or Shadowfall), and Revenge (tbc). Each section is represented by a Chinese ideogram, hence the uncertainty as I discuss the possible section names with a lady who can actually write the old-school, formal ideograms.

It will be published in full in 2018.


This episode from Bian’s Tale 1 – The Harvest of Lies has been removed.
The book will be available shortly on Amazon.


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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

18 responses to “Bian’s Tale – Innocence”

  1. amper5andrew says :

    I want the other bits, please post more 🙂

    I’m always happy to hear your insights if you choose to share them with us. Tell us about your potential readers and how changing them changes the focus of your writing. Please.

    Eagerly awaiting Bite Back 6. My breath is positively bated.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Thanks Andrew.

      I’ll post the next sections in chunks over the next couple of weeks. Bian’s Tale doesn’t have the chapter cliffhangers, so I’m going to have to think about this a little.

      I will also post on my mental debate about Bian’s Tale.

      I’m sure bating your breath is detrimental to health! I’ll do my best to minimise the time.

  2. Dee DenBleyker says :

    Your best yet. Brings out a great deal of emotion.

  3. Justin Savely says :

    Poor trang, already see why she became fond big cats. Personally I would have the next BB, but if you want to do both I certainly wouldn’t complain.

  4. azrm says :

    I’m totally over bits and pieces! Just tell me when the book is out, and I will buy it!

  5. Stephanie J Schown says :

    Excellent! Im excited that you’ve started up this one again! More please

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