Jack Henseleit 1JACK HENSELEIT was born on a winter evening in 1991, just after the stroke of midnight. When the weather is dark and stormy, he writes fairy tales – real fairy tales, where witches and goblins play tricks on unwary girls and boys. Not all of the tales have happy endings.

Jack’s middle-grade horror series THE WITCHING HOURS was first published in Australia in 2017. The first book in the series (THE VAMPIRE KNIFE) was shortlisted for the Ampersand Prize, and has since been sold into 13 territories worldwide. His junior fiction series CROSS BONES (with illustrator Chris Kennett) was first published in Australia in 2022.

Jack lives in Ballarat with his cat, Teddy, who is also his number one writing assistant. Jack writes most of the stories, and Teddy catches most of the mice.

Cross Bones biography:

JACK HENSELEIT is a pirate children’s author from Ballarat, Australia. He likes reading, writing, and sailing the seven seas playing board games, and has two very fearsome friendly cats named Teddy and Tippi. Before Cross Bones he wrote The Witching Hours, a series of spooky fairy tales for older readers.

Interview #1: Little Book of Horrors: Jack Henseleit on The Vampire Knife (Books+Publishing, 2017)

Interview #2: Author Interview with Jack Henseleit (A New Look on Books, 2018)

Interview #3: Episode 15: Interview with Jack Henseleit (Middle Grade Mavens, 2019)

Interview #4: Cross Bones – an author and illustrator collaboration (Reading with a Chance of Tacos, 2022)

Interview #5: 527. Cross Bones with Chris Kennett, Jack Henseleit, Adrian Beck, and Dani Vee (Words and Nerds, 2022)

Interview #6: Episode 109: Interview with Jack Henseleit & Chris Kennett (Middle Grade Mavens, 2022)

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