Lychees or Peaches? with author David Henley: wherever he lays his hat, that’s his desk!


Photograph by Michael Kennedy
Photograph by Michael Kennedy


1 Hard questions first: Lychees or Peaches?

 Peaches if you got em


2 Pamela Freeman ate all the nectarines so Lychees or Peaches are really you’re only choice. If you were written about in a newspaper, what would the headline say?

Hopefully something like ‘Sci-fi is back’ but don’t they outsource the headlines these days 🙂


3 What is your favourite line from a book or movie?

 ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’


4 With that famous reference we possibly don’t need to ask, but which genre do you usually write in? And why do you think this is so?

Sci-fi. For two reasons, I read a lot of science and technology blogs and magazines. The pace of change and the effect it is having on us as a species is fascinating. 

And I found early attempts to write in a contemporary setting, readers were just fixated on who the author was in the story. So I found it almost impossible to write ‘fiction’ in a now-world. It wasn’t fun for me. 


5 Tell me a secret about yourself that nobody in the whole world knows. Go on tell me, nobody but me is listening.

 I enjoy certain TV and movies that real men wouldn’t admit to. I’ll just say that Amy Sherman Palladino is awesome. 


6 What is your latest book about?

It’s book two in a trilogy and book one ended on a cliff hanger so I’ll be evasive. Basically the problems that had started to be revealed in PJ1 get out of control. The whole series is about future possibilities, where technology could lead us and what a hyper-connected world could look like. For me it is about having fun with ideas and I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I do. 


7 How did you come up with the title? Did it come to fistycuffs with your editor?

Manifestations was actually the original title for the first book. I had a new publisher in charge for book two and she wanted to change the direction. I know a lot of authors like to throw their weight around but the publisher is the one who has to sell the book. The packaging is their turf and I respect that. 


8  When you daydream about singing on The Voice (I know you do) which song do you sing and if you could have any celebrity judge in the world turn for you who would it be?

‘I wanna be like you’ by King Louis in The Jungle Book. I’ve always wanted to make that into a rock song. 

Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh. 


9 So you’re The Voice dream is to be a mane-wearing rock-star? There’s an image. Okay, so what do you really, really, really, love?

Heart-love or brain-love? My heart will answer the wife, my family and my friends. 

My brain loves complexity and thinking about our crazy mixed up world. 


10 You have a Wizard of Oz theme developing here with your Lion and heart interests. Lets move on. Can you show us a quick snap of your work desk? No tidy spic and span ones please. I won’t believe you.


Desk? Where we’re going, we don’t need desks. 

I write everywhere. I just sync up my tech and then find a cafe or a couch and bring it all together on a laptop. 

Here’s where I’m writing answers to this Q&A



11 Serious stuff now: where can we purchase your latest book?

 I can’t show prejudice either way. Most bookshops ‘should’ have it, or can get it from HarperCollins. Ebooks from all the usual suspects. 


Thank you for taking part in Lychees or Peaches? David!

If you would like to know more about David, or just want to say hi, you will definitely find him at the following places.



Passages of Writing: The Last City by Nina D’Aleo

Book: The Last City, Nina D’Aleo. Published by Momentum, Aug 2012 E-book

Why: I’m a sucker for gorgeous writing and Nina’s writing is just that – it’s beautiful and voluptuous (in a non-sexual way) and flows like a dream with rhythm and timing.

The Last City is published by Momentum who are putting out fantastic new work. I’m only half way in but I can’t put it down. The characters are real (testament to Nina) and the story is engaging and moreish.

Blurb from the pub: An intoxicating blend of noir crime, science fiction and fantasy The Last City is Blade Runner meets Perdido Street Station.

The women for sale loitered around their territories, sizing up passers-by with eyes intent on picking flesh. The winding whistle of a gypsy busker’s flute drowned the sounds of unsavoury purchase.


The Mocking Witch of O’Tenery Asylum had taken her in, along with the other throwaways, runaways and screeching crazies. She saw herself in her mind, waking silent as a shadow through the asylum building, the labyrinth of rooms haunted and lurking in a permanent state of semi-darkness. Low ceilings pressed lower and constricting walls crept closer until she felt as though she was sliding on her belly. Suffocating in the rancid air of rotting waste and a thousand unwashed bodies. Eyes peered at her from behind rusted bars that were now now more than grisly reminders. Scorpia’s government, the Standard, had long since abandoned the derelict building and its broken wards. Now only their minds kept them prisoner, and Ev’r knew the truth better than anyone: there was no escaping yourself, no matter how far or fast you run.


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