Title: The Invisible Hand
Author: James Hartley
Series: Shakespeare’s Moon #1
Genre: YA science fiction/fantasy
Published: February 22nd, 2017
Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just
started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time
to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the
future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school.
The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is
set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.
know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go
with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do
that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
mix, to be honest. I only really start when I have a clear idea of how the book
starts but although I plan and think I know how the book´s going to end, I´m
flexible. If I come up with a better idea for the end as I write, I change it.
Sometimes things you think are going to work very well don´t and I like to
adapt. For me, if I am too rigid and plan everything out before I even start
writing I get bored – that´s when I start to count words and it turns into a
job. I like telling myself the story the first time I write and one of the key
parts of enjoying a story is not quite knowing what will happen next – I try to
keep that in mind when I write.
method but, like every writer, I think, I write and find notes everywhere in
the house (most indecipherable). I also walk around supermarkets and streets
mouthing, “Ah! He says that and she goes there…” like a madman.
people say, dreams, other books, films, music. Everywhere.
you have for aspiring writers?
five or six, I think. I would say, keep going, especially if you get decent
feedback from teachers, family or strangers who read things you write. Read a
lot, don´t be jealous of other writers, enjoy writing, take rejection on the
chin and listen to criticism. If you´re thinking of making a career of it, have
a Plan B just to keep you ticking over.
travel was possible like in your story? If you had to be dropped into the
events of any of Shakespeare’s plays, which would you choose?
Around the time the Neanderthals were dying out – or being wiped out – by homo
sapiens. When humans lived in caves and culture was developing. I think it would
have been an amazing time, a fascinating thing to see – especially life in the
caves, the early human religions and societies.
castles and witches and prophecies. I put wreckers in The Invisible Hand, too, people who used to lure boats into land in
storms and then run down to the beach to steal from the wrecks. So, yep, Macbeth, if there was one play.
are your favourite:
dead. Living writers I like are Donna Tartt and Michel Faber. I love
non-fiction, history, rock music, art and science. In fiction, I´ll read
anything and everything – I don´t read one particular genre and I can´t read
the same type of book again and again.
sport. I have two young kids and they monopolise it. I love movies, pretty much
blues, metal, things like that. I like a bit of classical, grime, flamenco, hip-hop
too. I´m from Liverpool so the Beatles are pretty much in my blood. I really
think no-one´s bettered them yet.
water. Just write, do the writing, then eat!
Author Bio –
James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman. His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia. He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet. James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children. Social Media Links –
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