P.J. Leonard grew up in Worcester, UK. He moved to Japan in 2010 and has lived there ever since, enjoying the culture, the hiking, and the traditional Japanese sport of tussling for the free seat on the train every morning at rush hour.
He first found a love for writing aged nine, when he took what was meant to be a one-page short story assignment and turned it into a 10-page epic, much to the chagrin of his teachers. He's been writing ever since.
When did you first start writing?
Back in primary school (I think 5th year), I remember coming to the end-of-term and our whole class was given this huge long term assignment: build a fictional country. The whole idea was, I think, to teach us the complexities of politics, economics and how there's no easy answers. But over the heads of 10 year olds! But so LOVED the world-building aspect of it. I wanted to create my own world, my own stories. So after the school project finished I kept going...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely...I think it was this long form poetry project I had at school that I took a little bit too far: if I recall correctly the concept was a man going through one day where all the seasons passed. It was quite avant-garde!
Everybody has a figure that follows them. From the moment they come into being. This figure keeps it's distance, but will gradually come closer until one day it is time to shake hands. And their's will be the last hand you shake.
What would you do if you discovered a miracle? Yushi has discovered one, under the blossom of a cherry tree, and he's not sure what to do next...
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Anttoni has always wondered why the top of the local mountain is always covered in snow, even in the height of summer. When he gets his chance to climb the mountain, what he finds is the last thing he expected...
"Nobody would have expected the bell of Big Ben to freeze one second before midnight on December 31st. Least of all me: after all, I’m the mechanic who maintains the thing. But that wasn’t even the most shocking thing. No, it was the fact that everybody else in the world had frozen with it. Except me..."
Sarah has been an angel all year, and Santa still didn't bring her exactly what she wanted! This is the final straw. She decides to send one more letter to Santa: to tell him she is suing him! What will Saint Nick do?
'Sarah Sues Santa' is the delightfully festive Christmas tale from P.J. Leonard, author of Kickstarter campaign success 'Tick' and 'Kami'.
"TICK is an inspiring, enthralling feline read." - Erin Hunter, International bestselling author of the 'Warriors' series.
Tom Verbrisser is only 18 years old and already has it all. A rising business empire. The fastest car. The biggest house. The finest clothes. He is also a cat. Oh. Well, that last one wasn't part of the plan.
'Tick' is the first novel from P.J. Leonard.