Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LOCKED WITHIN by Paul Anthony Shortt

I met Paul Anthony Shortt, last September, and discovered that he would soon launch his debut novel, LOCKED WITHIN, a Supernatural CSI novel, and I was immediately intrigued.

I know I've said this a million times (well maybe not quite a million), but it's amazing how many people and friends you pick up along this writing journey! So today, I'm privileged to be hosting a blog post for Paul Anthony, but first a little bit about Paul Anthony Shortt, and LOCKED WITHIN. 

Paul Anthony Shortt

A child at heart who turned to writing and role playing games when there simply weren't enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life.

Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.

He lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. Jen is pregnant again and is expecting twins.


The supernatural realm and the mundane world have existed side by side since the dawn of time. Predators walk the streets, hidden by our own ignorance. Once, the city of New York was protected, but that was another age.

Now a creature emerges from the city's past to kill again, with no one to hear the screams of its victims. The lost and the weak, crushed under the heels of the city's supernatural masters, have given up hope.

But one man finds himself drawn to these deaths. Plagued by dreams of past lives, his obsession may cost him friends, loved ones, even his life. To stop this monster, he must unlock the strength he once had. He must remember the warrior he was, to become the hero he was born to be.

His name is Nathan Shepherd, and he remembers.


Before we hear more about LOCKED IN, and how you can get a copy of it, I've decided to do a word association game with Paul Anthony, one which I had the pleasure to do on my own blog tour with the wonderful Valerie Sirr. 

You can do it too if you fancy it - but remember to write your answers down quickly - your first thoughts are the best!


Rebirth, circles, never ending, eternity.


Recognition, remember, detail


Reborn, child, happiness, memory, forgetting, beginning.


End, start, begin, peace, shadow, unknown, mystery, fear, confrontation.


White, blood, cold, trees, winter, alone, surrounded.


Vulnerable, small, weak, running away, darkness.


New York, streets, night time, lights, people, energy, power.


Frost, nightmare, scared, wind, rain.


Sword, shield, knight, hero, wizard, magic, monsters, danger, adventure.


Defend, stand, defy, sacrifice, fight.

I'll be chatting to Paul Anthony over at Crime Scene for Writing.ie in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that, but first here's a link to the trailer and how you can get a copy!!


Order Print Edition HERE 

Order Kindle Edition HERE 


  1. Thanks for having me, Louise! The word association was a lot of fun.

    1. Delighted Paul Anthony and looking forward to hearing about your writing journey and the inspiration behind Locked Within!!!

  2. I like how blood and snow ended up together. Might even use that myself :)

    1. Hehe, it's because I was thinking of my book when I did the exercise. The imagery comes up during the story.


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