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My Next Big Thing

Okay, this is me taking part in My Next Big Thing where I talk about my next project. By all means stay and read it, I've kept the answers fairly brief as I know you're busy and those dancing cat videos on YouTube aren't going to watch themselves, are they? Plus I'm feeling a bit tired and want an afternoon lie down.

1. What is the working title of your next book?

'Ash Mistry and the City of Death' for you Brits and Commonwealthy people. 'The City of Death' if you happen to live in that other former colony the USA. It's due out March 2013 for the UK readers and Fall 2013 for North Americans. I know, it's ages but it'll be worth it.

2. Where did the idea come from?

I just wanted to write the MOST BAD-ASS book imaginable. There is no message, moral lesson or any sort of educational value to my book. I'm rather proud of that. Plus I thought it would be a great excuse to visit India to research the story. Because that's where it's set.

3. What genre does your book fall under?


4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition.

Christian Bale. For all parts. He's that good.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?


6. Will your book be self-publsihed or represented by an agency?

I'm too lazy to self-publish and can't draw as well as I'd like. I save all the hard work for my publishers, HarperCollins in the UK and Arthur A Levine in the States.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About four months. The nice thing about sequels a lot of the ground work's already been done. Book 1 ended with a lot of weirdness. Now that goes to level INSANITY.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

Anything with swordfighjts, assassins and monsters. Lots of monsters.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My ten year old self always wanted this book. True, he would have probably wanted more ninjas, but I did add sharks.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

There's a secret code in the story leading to a million pounds sterling hidden somewhere in London. Honestly*.

*Okay, that's a big fat lie.

Right, now I should nominate some other most splendid writers. Plase take your time to check out Alexander Gordon Smith, Alex Bell and Alex Milway. They will enrich your lives in ways you never thought possible. Frankly your IQ will jump a dozen points for sure and you'll be strangely more attractive. Or just stranger.

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