Author Geoff Turner
Geoff is the author of Archie's Mirror, a children's fantasy book, published by Prospective Press. You can see more about his work here:
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1. Tell us about yourself and your work.
My name’s Geoff and I write fantasy adventure stories for older children. My debut novel, Archie’s Mirror, was published by Prospective Press in September 2017 and is the first in a trilogy of tales set in the magical Land Beyond. The books follow the adventures of Archie and his dog Max as they search for Archie’s missing father, a stage magician once known as Grimoire. One night, Archie discovers a gateway to another world and the ability to travel by mirror. Once in the Land Beyond, they embark on a fantastic journey befriending giants, battling monsters and facing a great evil that threatens to destroy the kingdom.
I’ve just finished Book Two, which is called Dragonspeak, and is currently with my editor - I’m hoping it will be released before the end of 2018. As they return to the Land Beyond, Archie and Max face an even greater threat. Something has awoken the mighty dragon Gravalax and his brothers, and their fury threatens the very existence of the Land. Meanwhile, Archie and Max must find the mysterious and legendary Puppet Lord, the only being that might hold the secret to defeating these savage beasts.
2. What are you writing at the moment?
I’m currently working on the final part of the trilogy, Darkness Risen, which pulls together all the loose ends introduced in Archie’s Mirror and Dragonspeak and concludes Archie’s story. I’m also toying with an idea for a sci-fi novel about a young girl who lives inside a giant robot - kind of like Ted Hughes’s Iron Man meets Ready Player One.
3. What other artists, authors, or creators have influenced you?
Off the top of my head, I’d say Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Alan Garner, Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak and Dr Seuss, along with the humour of Monty Python and Spike Milligan, and the films of Terry Gilliam.
4. What's the one thing you can't live without?
Discounting the obvious answers of family and friends (oh, and books), I’d say music. There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t listen to an album or two, whether it’s on my iPod on the train, CDs in the car, or vinyl at home. I’m one of those people who can’t write without listening to music. I find it helps me focus and visualise the story and action, like a soundtrack to my imagination.
5. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
As long as I can remember I’ve always to be a writer (apart from a brief period when I was seven or eight and wanted to be one of Dr Who’s assistants). Growing up I had this romantic notion of being a ‘tortured’ writer living in a cramped loft with only a typewriter and radio for company and a single, tiny, rain-streaked window providing a view on the world.
6. If you were a character in an action movie, do you think you would survive? Why / why not?
Oh, that’s a great question…If I was in an action movie, I’d probably be the comedy sidekick. You'd think I was going to survive to the end, but I’d crack wise in front of the bad guys one too many times and wind up dying in some tragically comic twist.
7. What is your favourite quote?
Frank Zappa said, “It’s better to have something to remember than anything to regret.” I think that’s a pretty good philosophy to live by.