I’m thrilled to have Tim Lebbon on the blog today! Tim is a prolific writer and he’s got 3 books out this month, including London Eye, from PYR, his first solo YA. Tim took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer a few of my questions, and we’ve got a copy of London Eye up for grabs, so be sure to check the details at the bottom of the post!
Please welcome Tim to the blog!
You finished your first story at nine years old, and over 30 books, and a Bram Stoker win (and more than few noms) later, here we are! Also, you have THREE new books out this month, Coldbrook, London Eye (first solo YA), and Nothing As It Seems. Will you tell us a bit about your new releases?
Sure. COLDBROOK is published by Hammer/Arrow in the UK, and is a huge apocalyptic zombie thriller, in which not just this world is under threat… I think it’s one of the best books I’ve written, and as I so love apocalyptic fiction, this is my version of it.
LONDON EYE (book one in the Toxic City trilogy) is set in a near-future UK where London has been hit by a massive terrorist biological/chemical strike. The city is closed off now, supposedly toxic and uninhabitable. But there are survivors … and they’re changing.
NOTHING AS IT SEEMS collects my best short fiction and novellas from the past few years. It’s my sixth collection, and I think my most accomplished to date. It includes the hard to find ‘The Reach of Children’.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
Willard Price from when I was a kid, who taught me to love adventure novels. Stephen King, because he’s one of the finest storytellers we have, and his characterisation is beautiful. Arthur Machen, whose interest in the shady link between humanity and the natural world reflects my own… and many, many more.
How about a few of your all-time favorite books?
If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
The Stand, without a doubt. Probably the single book that has influenced me more than any other.
You’re well known for writing the scaries. What do you find truly frightening?
The dark … (product of a wild imagination, I guess), losing loved ones, fundamentalism, unfairness.
When it comes to horror, what do you consider off limits? Is there anything that turns you off personally when reading horror?
Well, I read all kinds of horror, but I prefer horror that goes for the heart, not the stomach. Books that describe how to dismantle a victim in grisly detail don’t really do it for me. Books that examine the mentality of someone who’d choose to dismantle a victim do.
If you could sit down to dinner with 5 people (living or dead), who would they be?
Chrissie Wellington — Ironman World Champion
Bill Hicks — the American comedian who spoke his mind.
Phil Lynott — Thin Lizzy’s lead singer
Jane Tomlinson — an amazing woman who, suffering from terminal cancer and given 6 months to live, then spent seven years running marathons, Ironman races, and other staggering endurance achievements to raise almost £2M for charity.
Eddie Izzard — a comedian of the surreal and sublime
You were born in London, but now live in the Welsh countryside. What do you love most about living there, and where would you take a first time visitor?
I spent my childhood in the Devonshire countryside, and although I then lived in a city for 20 years in South Wales, I was always a country boy at heart. That’s why I love where we live right now … a 3 minute walk in any direction and I’m out of the village and into the beautiful countryside. I went for a 7 mile run yesterday and ran through three woodlands, along a canal bank, and across fields. It’s beautiful. And as I’m heavily into outdoor pursuits (walking, running, cycling) I live in the perfect place. I’d take a first time visitor to the Blorenge, a mountain just a few miles from where I love and one of my very favourite places.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!)?
Upcoming books include the new Star Wars novel I’ve just written, set in the Dawn of the Jedi era and called INTO THE VOID. That’s out next May. Also the second and third books in the TOXIC CITY trilogy will be out next year. And hopefully a few other surprises coming soon, too.
Keep up with Tim: Website
About London Eye:
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland.
But Jack and his friends—some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday—know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London—and it is incredible.
Because the handful of London’s survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.
Upon discovering that his mother is still alive inside London, Jack, his sister, and their three friends sneak into a city in ruins. Vast swathes have been bombed flat. Choppers cruise the streets, looking for survivors to experiment upon. The toxic city is filled with wonders and dangers that will challenge Jack and his friends… and perhaps kill them. But Jack knows that the truth must be revealed to the outside world or every survivor will die.
About Tim Lebbon:
TIM LEBBON is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales. He’s had almost thirty novels published to date, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories. His most recent releases include Coldbrook from Arrow/Hammer, London Eye (book one of the Toxic City trilogy) from Pyr in the USA, Nothing as it Seems from PS Publishing, and The Heretic Land from Orbit, as well as The Secret Journeys of Jack London series (co-authored with Christopher Golden), Echo City, and the Cabin in the Woods novelisation. Future novels include Into the Void: Dawn of the Jedi (Star Wars) from Del Rey/Star Wars Books. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards.
20th Century Fox acquired film rights to The Secret Journeys of Jack London series, and he and Golden wrote the first draft of the screenplay. He has a TV series in development in the USA, and he’s also working on new screenplays, both solo and in collaboration with Stephen Volk.
Find out more about Tim at his website www.timlebbon.net
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