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The Missing Passenger comes out today!


The sequel to The Truth App is already published in Australasia as No Survivors, but now it's also available in North America as The Missing Passenger! (I know, readers hate different titles in different countries. Don't @ me.)

In this action-packed story, a plane crashes into a house, and while looking for survivors, Jarli Durras (teenage inventor of a viral lie-detector app) discovers that the plane is empty. The pilot and all the passengers have vanished. How and why would an empty plane be flying over Kelton? The answer might cost Jarli his life. Seriously - for all you know, the next three books in the series don't have him in them.

Grab a copy from your local bookstore (they'd love your support) or online!
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Coming in March: Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It!


My other brand-new book is an illustrated comedy for kids aged 9+, and it's almost here! If you or your favourite young person want to be among the first to read it, you can preorder it right now from your local bookshop or online:
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(A quick publishing industry explainer: booksellers and publishers use the number of preorder sales to decide how much to promote the book and how many copies to order or print. So preordering is a great way to support your favourite authors!)

About the book


Meet Levi Bloosh, a mild-mannered kid who dreams of becoming a librarian in his home town of Mount Cabbage. Unfortunately, Levi's dad is an enthusiastic but talentless filmmaker with a "she'll be right mate" attitude to safety - and he wants Levi to be a TV star. If Levi wants to survive the filming of dad's ridiculous show, Kid Kablam, he'll need all his wits about him - and perhaps some help from retired stuntman Joe Dangerfield.

Author Q&A

Where did Stunt Kid come from?

When I was young, there used to be these things called “DVDs” – they looked a bit like doughnuts, but flatter, shinier, and a lot less tasty. You could use them to watch movies (on a device called a “DVD player”) and nearly all of them included special features. You could watch bloopers – scenes that hadn’t worked because someone made a mistake while filming. Sometimes Owen Wilson accidentally farted in the bathtub, sometimes Edward Norton got hit by a bus (I’m not kidding). You could also watch scenes which had been cut for some other reason (often it was too boring, or it made the twist too obvious, or it contradicted something else in the movie). There was usually a “making of” featurette, a short movie about how the movie-makers made the movie. And there would be commentary tracks, where the cast and crew would talk over the top of the film, telling you funny stories about things that went wrong while they were making it. (“I didn’t hit him that hard,” I remember Milla Jovovich insisting. “And the axe was just plastic!”)
 

I loved all this stuff. Even after I abandoned the idea of becoming a filmmaker (I decided I liked books better) I was fascinated by all these crazy people who made these ridiculous movies. I especially liked the stories from the days before CGI, when all the stunts had to be done with wires and mattresses and fire suits.
 

Later, I was trying to come up with a new dangerous situation to put a kid in. (I spend most of my career doing this.) When it occurred to me that the kid’s Dad might be filming a ridiculous TV show – and he might want his reluctant son to do all the dangerous stunts for real – I could immediately see the potential for excitement and laughter.

Read the rest of the Q&A at jackheathwriter.com!

Big thanks to...


You, other readers, booksellers, librarians, and my awesome publishers, Scholastic Australia and Simon & Schuster America, for making these books so amazing. Hope y'all like 'em. (Yeah, I do y'alls now. My inner Timothy Blake is becoming alarmingly prominent.)

I have more big news coming soon. But in the meantime, enjoy this nine word horror story I just made up, with a nod to Fredric Brown:
 
The only survivor...
...believed she was one of two.

 
Wait for it. Wait for it...
There it is.

Stay safe, friends. Social media is a curse, but if you're on it, please follow me so I can trick other people (and myself) into thinking that I'm famous. Links below.
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