Hello lovelies, today I have a fantastic Q&A with author William Osborne but first a little about his new book:
Title: Jupiter’s Fire by William Osborne
Date Published: 1st December 2019
Publisher: Conrad Press
Genre: YA Historical Adventure
When Franco, a teenager living in the monastery at Monte Cassino in 1944 uncovers a long-lost Roman Eagle, the fabled Aquila for the Jupiter Legion, he sets in motion a desperate struggle to prevent the Nazis from using it to win the war. In a do-or-die mission, Franco and Dulcie, a teenage mountain girl, must steal the Eagle back and escape before its deadly power is unleashed. Pursued by the implacable forces of the SS they will discover not just the secrets of the Eagle but also themselves.
Q&A with William Osborne:
Can you tell me a little bit about your book?
It’s the third book in a trilogy, all featuring a teenage boy and girl who get caught up in an exciting adventure set in World War Two. In Jupiter’s Fire the two protagonists must steal a mystical and dangerous Roman artefact before the Nazis use its power to win the war. So, not much at stake then!!
Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
A trip to Naples, learning about the city, Vesuvius and remembering a quote from my time as a screenwriter. “Start with a volcano and work up to a climax!” Unfortunately the volcano is at the end in my story.
If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I don’t really have one. Some days I start early, some days late. But always put in two to three hours minimum.
If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?
HMS Ulysses by Alaistair Maclean. I’m not sure why because it is dated and old and nobody has heard of it any more, but it’s depiction of the North Atlantic Convoys going round the Arctic Circle to Russia in the Second World War while being hunted by U Boats is shattering in its verisimilitude.
Who are your favourite authors?
William Boyd when he’s on form.
George McDonald Fraser
I have so many…
Is writing your only job? If not, what is your other job?
I started life as a barrister, then became a screenwriter which I still do though I am concentrating now on my fiction writing.
Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)
I collect old Military helmets from the German and British Empire time, ie, pre 1914.
What are you currently working on?
I have two screenplays on the go, a romantic comedy set in 1980s England and a dark thriller set in up state New York in 1960. I am also planning my next novel where the hero is a young woman secret agent in yes, World War Two!!
About The Author:
William Osborne – Born 1960 – educated at Greshams School, Holt, Norfolk and Robert Louis Stevenson, Pebble Beach, California, studied law at Cambridge,(MA), barrister at law, Member of the Middle Temple. Screenwriter and member of Writers Guild of America (West) – Author (published works, 1994, 1998, Hitler’s Angel, Winter’s Bullet, Jupiter’s Fire). Lives in Norfolk, enjoys life, film, dog walking, cold water swimming, lego, collecting odd stuff, driving his beach buggy.