David Waine


David Waine was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1949. He is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom went on to become teachers like their father. It was during his teaching career that he developed an interest in writing, initially plays, and his adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was performed at the Cockpit Theatre (the forerunner of Shakespeare's Globe) as part of the Globe Theatre restoration in 1991. He took up novel writing after leaving the profession, and his first published work, 'The Planning Officers' appeared in 2011. He has followed this up with an epic fantasy trilogy, 'A King's Head', made up of the individual novels: 'Usurper', 'A Sovereign's Honour' and 'A New Queen Rises'. A sequel trilogy, 'A Queen's Heart' followed in 2012-14. This is made up of the individual novels, 'The Ancient Realm', 'The Shattered Realms' and 'The Power of Four Queens'. An appendix, 'Larussi's Heartsong' is in preparation. Together, the two trilogies and 'Heartsong' make up the 'Avalind Books'. There will be more of these in the future.

The first of his crime thrillers, 'Chained in Time', was published in October 2011. The second in the series, 'Rutter's Reunion', followed in January 2012. The third book, 'Relapse' was published in the spring of 2014. These are the 'Rutter Books'. There will be more of them as well.

When 'Heartsong' is published, David intends to complete a collection of short stories that he has also been working on.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
As a boy, two books stood out for me. One was 'Winnie the Pooh', which I still consider to be one of the funniest books ever written, and the other was 'Treasure Island', the first great adventure story that I ever read. I would dream of playing Jim Hawkins in a new film version - but then I turned twelve and became too old. As I grew, 'The Lord of the Rings' - the ultimate adventure story - supplanted it. These days, I am very fond of the works of Patrick O"Brian, with 'Master and Commander' being my favourite. That leaves me with one to choose. I am a fan of J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, but there is one small scale book that edges both out for me. I stumbled across it by accident a few years ago and I loved every page. It is 'Father Frank' by Paul Burke.
What do you read for pleasure?
My taste is wide-ranging. My Kindle currently carries works by Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, George R.R. Martin and some of the better independent writers, including several of Elaine Waldron's works. Recently, I have also read 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas' and 'About a Boy'. I am currently working my way through 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins.
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Larussi's Heartsong
Series: A Queen's Heart Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,510. Language: British English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Larussi Samossin is truly alone. Now eighteen, she is a postulant with the Sisters of Mercy. Sensible of her fragile condition, Queen Avalind has forbidden her to take her vows before her twentieth birthday. That day is now just two years away and the new head of the order, Mother Sulsa, knows that the girl must face the outside world again before she can make the
Series: Rutter Books, The Third Rutter Book. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,640. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Months on from the dramatic shootout on Box Hill, D.C.I. Julie Rutter's nemesis is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey. That will see him out of her life forever and a glowing future with Alex spread out before her. Or will it? Nothing is quite as it seems in this new thriller as Julie's past comes back to haunt her yet again, and places her life, as well of those of the people she loves.
The Power of Four Queens
Series: A Queen's Heart Trilogy, Part Three of A Queen's Heart. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,110. Language: British English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Three of the four free realms have fallen to the dread march of the Lord of Morgonnun and his invincible army. Only the Kingdom, led by Avalind, stands to resist him, and her forces are hopelessly outmatched. Yet a faint hope still lingers.
The Shattered Realms
Series: A Queen's Heart Trilogy, Part Two of A Queen's Heart. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,150. Language: British English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Beginning where 'The Ancient Realm' left off, Krimmin has fallen to the invading forces of Morgonnun and Mussa is stranded there. Meanwhile Avalind is aware that those same forces will soon be unleashed against the Kingdom and the Black Death has broken out in Graan... 'The Shattered Realms' is the second part of the trilogy, 'A Queen's Heart'.
The Ancient Realm
Series: A Queen's Heart Trilogy, Part One of A Queen's Heart. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,750. Language: British English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Five years have passed since Avalind and Mussa faced the Hag. Both have suffered the consequences of that encounter, for they share horrifying dreams. Now they dream of a fabulous city, in a blessed realm, torn apart in blood and fire by a merciless invader. Avalind knows that those brutal forces will soon be unleashed on her own people. Part One of the sequel to 'A King's Head'.
Rutter's Reunion
Series: Rutter Books, The Second Rutter Book. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,980. Language: British English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Years have passed since Julie Rutter faced a modern-day Jack The Ripper, in 'Chained in Time'. Now she returns to Bow Road Police Station, as Chief Inspector Rutter, to find herself investigating three murders, all committed with the same weapon, but not by the same killer. Little is as it seems. Even her reasoning is in doubt, as a deeper and yet more sinister motive emerges.
Chained in Time
Series: Rutter Books, The First Rutter Book. Price: Free! Words: 94,210. Language: British English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In 1888, a serial killer, Jack the Ripper, prowls London's East End. A century later, History repeats itself. Marie Kelly is haunted by horrifying dreams in which she is pursued through the gloomy alleyways of Victorian Whitechapel by a dark shadow that seeks to destroy her, as it once did her near-namesake, Mary Jane Kelly. Marie experiences Mary's terror and despair as her own. The two
A New Queen Rises
Series: A King's Head Trilogy, Part Three of A King's Head. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,610. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Avalind and Cabral have been washed out to sea by a monstrous wave and the Hag has been destroyed. Or has she? In Draal, the new king, Kurian, faces the sternest test of his sovereignty yet as a massive insurrection bears down on Zinal. Meanwhile in the Kingdom, a murderous new queen rises, but who is she? 'A New Queen Rises' is the concluding part of the 'King's Head' Trilogy.
A Sovereign's Honour
Series: A King's Head Trilogy, Part Two of A King's Head. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,120. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Callin is king, a national hero, and betrothed to the beautiful Xunin. His unholy pact with the Hag comes back to haunt him as Avalind (in the company of her faithful Cabral) returns, seemingly from the dead, to confront him. Her arrival splits the nation and sets in train an series of events that will lead inevitably to civil war. Part 2 of A King's Head.
Series: A King's Head Trilogy, Part One of A King's Head. Price: Free! Words: 91,650. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Callin Vorst is the youngest member of the Kingdom's second family. Convinced that his father should occupy the throne instead of the incumbent, he strikes a bargain with a creature of myth: the 'Hag'. She launches him on a career that will see him befriend the beautiful Princess Avalind and become a national hero - but at a terrible cost as the Hag exacts her price. Part 1 of A King's Head.
The Planning Officers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,870. Language: British English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Lift the roof off the Town Hall and take a wry look inside. Anna Maria Aitcheson and Dirc Starkey are so absorbed in their careers and each other that they never consider the community they are employed to serve. Follow them through one stormy day, which begins with glory beckoning, if they can only bundle one insignificant citizen out of the way first...

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