Andrew Lane

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Andrew Lane

Andrew Lane is a journalist and the author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series of young adult novels, starting with Death Cloud, and also the Lost Worlds series. He has written spin-off novels based on Doctor Who, as well as guides to Babylon 5 and the Wallace and Gromit films. He is the author of The Bond Files: An Unofficial Guide to the World’s Greatest Secret Agent.


Interviewed 06 September 2014

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

I’ll give you five words on my non-writing working life and five on my writing working life: varied; formal; boring; frustrating; deskbound; soul-destroying; incredible; absorbing; terrifying; precarious; joyful.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

CDs. Snacks. Black cardboard boxes. All my current research books in a bookcase. A full-sized Argentinian poster for Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu in Las Venganza de Fu Manchu (“Nada fue tan cruel Y sangunario como!”), A screwdriver and a socket wrench. A leather couch for ‘thinking’ purposes. Seven bass guitars. A small Dalek toy with the sucker arm missing.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Risotto using Arborio rice fried in a little butter and garlic, then simmered with chicken stock and white wine for a while before the addition of peas, ham hock and some grated cheese. Mmmmm.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

You, obviously; my agent Robert Kirby; my wife Helen, writers Andy Briggs and Stephen Cole; my friend and best man Craig Hinton, who tragically died a few years back; any one of the Daveys that I met in Dublin when I was doing my publicity tour there.

Six things you can't live without ...

My wife Helen; my son Robbie; the music of Philip Glass and Tangerine Dream; the books of Tim Powers and Jonathan Carroll; alcohol in moderation.

Five favourite words ...

Fantastic. Excellent. Thanks. Sorry. Pies.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Venice; Hong Kong; Albuquerque; somewhere isolated along the Dorset coast near Swanage.

Three books you've bought recently ...

A travel guide to Mumbai and Goa; Stephen King’s new novel Mr Mercedes; Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.

Two things that make you rant ...

Politicians who start answering a question with the words: “No, the real question is…”; and hypocrisy.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

One day it will all work out for you and your dreams will come true. Keep going until that day happens. Oh, and while I’m here, don’t brush your teeth with the tap water from that hotel in Islamabad – you’ll regret it for several months afterwards. Use the bottled water instead.