February 26, 2009
Justin Somper’s childhood ambitions were “to be a child movie star and to win Wimbledon. I’d drawn Bjorn Borg in chalk on the garage wall and hit some balls at him — but I really needed to take it to the next level.”
Fortunately, he was also writing stories and he did take these to the next level — and further.
His first published book was The Pyramid Plot — “a puzzle adventure chiefly memorable for the villain, Iona Fortune”. A few years later, he had the idea for “the ultimate teen novel, with vampires, surfing, fast cars and rock band”. It sank.