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IKevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before – happily – giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God and iBoy for Puffin. He now lives in North Yorkshire.
There’s a chance to win a copy of iBoy at this end of Kevin’s post, so make sure you enter!
I was in Athens when I first had the idea for iBoy. I’d been to an event at a book fair and was talking to someone (I can’t remember who) at a post-function dinner, and after yapping for some time about the book fair itself and what we were having for dinner, we eventually got round to the subject of Greek Gods and Greek myths. This in turn led to a discussion about superheroes in general, and one of us (again, I don’t remember who) came up with the point that there haven’t really been any British superheroes … at least, not any contemporary superheroes anyway. We argued for a while about whether or not King Arthur or Robin Hood could be counted as superheroes, and then we moved on to the question of what a contemporary British superhero might be called. Polite Man, was one suggestion. Don’t-Mind-Me Man another. Also in the running were Post Man, Milk Man, and Coal Man.
Back in my hotel room after the dinner, I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea of a contemporary British superhero, and I wondered if perhaps there might be a novel in it. Perhaps even a Young Adult novel. A superhero novel, instead of the usual comic book or graphic novel … could it work? A teenage superhero novel? A serious, thoughtful, realistic, no-holds-barred, 21st century, teenage superhero novel?
And as I was drifting off to sleep, trying to imagine what kind of powers such a superhero might have, it all just came to me in the proverbial flash. What could be more contemporary, more 21st century, than the powers of an iPhone? The Internet, Wi-Fi access, texts, mobile phones, web sites, hacking capability … the powers of instant communication, unlimited knowledge, and much much more.
Five minutes later, now wide awake, I had the first scene of the book.
Tom Harvey, a fifteen-year-old boy, is walking home from school one afternoon. Home for Tom is a high-rise towerblock on a council estate in South London. As he nears the entrance to the tower that day, a shout rings out from above, and as Tom looks up at the sound of the voice, an iPhone is thrown from the 30th floor …
And that’s when I saw it – that small black object, hurtling down through the bright blue sky towards me, and then …
A momentary flash of blinding pain …
And then nothing.
The end of normality.
Thank you Kevin!
You can find out more about the Kevin via Goodreads
I have 5 (FIVE) copies of iBoy to giveaway away courtesy of Puffin. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment for the author and then fill out this form! – how easy is that!
There will be five winners: 4 (FOUR) from the UK and 1 (ONE) International. Ends Saturday 3rd July 8am GMT. Only one entry per person please – duplicate/multiple entries will be disqualified.
Next up on ’10 Fun Days of YA Fiction’: Tomorrows ‘On My Wishlist’ post will be a special YA edition! There will also be a Hush Hush giveaway!