Saturday, 3 October 2009

Author Interview: Tom Dolby

Tom Dolby is the author of new release Secret Society. Here he talks about societies, symbols and sequels.


Did you always want to write for a YA audience?

After my first novel, THE TROUBLE BOY, came out, I thought it might be fun. I loved reading YA fiction from time to time, and I'm really glad I pursued it. I had been writing about twentysomethings, but I learned that twentysomethings and teens are not all that different.

What inspired Secret Society?

I've always been fascinated by secret societies, and I liked the idea of one that recruited juniors in high school. The novel ties together all the New york City landmarks that I love: the Meatpacking District, where all the clubs are, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, and of course, Cleopatra's Needle, where a murder takes place in the novel.

How did you decide on the ankh as the society's symbol?

The ankh can mean so many different things -- life, rebirth, male and female -- that it was the perfect symbol to represent such a mysterious society.

Did you do any research into real life societies?

I did do some research -- though most of what's in the book is fictional.

Will there be a sequel? If so, can you tell us anything about it?

It picks up right where the first book leaves off -- and it has plenty of surprises!

Did you have any input into the cover design?

I did -- my publisher was wonderful in consulting me about it, and for the shoot for the second book, I even got to give input on the models and the styling! That sequel will come out in fall 2010.

If you were invited to a secret society, would you join?

I think I would be curious! Wouldn't you be?

What are some of your favourite YA books and authors?

I love the work of Melissa de la Cruz, Scott Westerfeld, Laurie Halse Anderson, among many. So many great books out there! After I finish the SECRET SOCIETY sequel, I'm looking forward to having some more reading time.


Related links:

Tom's site/Twitter: Tom / @tomdolby / @bradfordtrust
Facebook: Secret Society Series
US publisher's site: Harper Teen
My review: Secret Society by Tom Dolby


Becky said...

Great interview. I haven't read this yet but I think I might.

Chicklish said...

Fascinating interview - thanks! I'm intrigued about the research. :)

Thao said...

I love the idea of secret societies. This book sounds intriguing.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great interview, Jen! I really want to read this. I love the idea of secret societies!

Sassy Brit said...

Loved the interview and this really sounds like something I'd like to read. The cover is great, too. I'd be very curious if I were to be invited into a secret society. Of course I'd join! :)

I think this is the reason I'd be very interested in reading this book! To find out more about the secret society.