SpineOut : October - November 2017
SCOVER STORY OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2017 pine Out QA& WITH A L TAIT Can fans of ‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’ expect a similar style of story with The Book of Secrets? Both series are full of adventure, excitement, action and friendship. I like stories where the characters use their own brains and skills (innate and learned) to overcome challenges. In the ‘Ateban Cipher’, the bad guys are closer to home than in ‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’, but Gabe’s quest is just as epic in its own way as Quinn’s. I hope that readers take Gabe and his friends to heart in the same way as they’ve embraced Quinn, Ash and Zain from ‘The Mapmaker Chronicle’s! Gabe likes spending time in the Librarium of the abbey, reading books for comfort; which books did you seek out when you were younger for enjoyment? So. Many. Books. Reading is a big part of Gabe’s life, and a theme that underpins the ‘Ateban Cipher’ series, because it’s always been a big part of my life. Asachild,Iwasa voracious reader, and I particularly loved mystery novels and detective stories. I looked for stories where kids my age were out there being brave and daring, even as I was tucked up safely in my bed. So I loved ‘Trixie Belden’ and the ‘Famous Five’. Can you tell us about the main characters of your story? While Gabe, is very much the main character of the story, he shares the stage with a fantastic gang of four girls, who’ve proved a big hit with readers! The girls – Merry, Gwyn, Scarlett and Midge – live on their own in the forest beside Oldham Abbey, and each has her own strengths and skills. The girls teach Gabe a lot about life, survival, friendship, and the sometimes-very-fine line between right and wrong. I make no secret of the fact that Gwyn is a personal favourite of mine (just don’t tell the others). This series is very much one for boys AND girls. In fact, the dedication for The Book of Secrets reads: For all the girls who go where they want, when they want. Or will, one day.
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