Post by Sailor Earth on Aug 5, 2005 2:57:44 GMT -5
Wells I finished the book Tis very good! It reminded me slightly of the Indiana Jones novels I used to read, that sort of 'adventure' anyway, even if the context was different. And the end certainly surprised me, LOL!
Guess we should create something of a 'spoiler' version thread for this?
M: Well, it’s about a secret agent called Lucifer Box. Initially I wanted to write a sort of Arthur Conan Doyle piece set at the turn of the century, that’s my favorite period. I love that kind of thing, what Doyle used to call ‘sensational literature’. Crime, and a Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes sort of atmosphere. So that’s what it is. It’s about this portrait painter who’s a secret secret agent and assassin who gets involved in this bizarre plan to systematically detonate all of Italy’s volcanoes. I wrote it as an Edwardian pastiche, and I’ve been commissioned to write three of them, but when I finished it I decided that I’d kind of done that period, as many venomous centipedes and fog bound coach chases, as much as I could so what I’m going to with the next one is take the character on about twenty years and do it as a kind of John Buchan style adventure. We’ll move him into pre-fascist Europe. And the third one, if I ever get that far, he’ll be quite an old man and I’ll do this sturdy, Ian Fleming pastiche, a bit of a Casino Royale flavor.