Today I am interviewing Tim Lebbon, author of the new urban fantasy, horror novel, Relics.
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DJ: Hey Tim! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Tim Lebbon: Thanks for having me! I’m mid-40s (edging into late 40s), married, two kids, dog, all very average thus far. But I make a living writing novels. Relics is my 41st novel (including 7 in collaboration with Christopher Golden), and I’ve also written hundreds of short stories and novellas, and a handful of screenplays. I’ve won a few awards, had a movie made (Pay the Ghost with Nicolas Cage), and I’ve written horror, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and quite a few tie-in novels for Srar Wars, Hellboy, Alien, Predator, and other franchises. I love exercising––swimming, biking, running––and regularly race in triathlons. I’ve been bald since my early twenties, which is fine, because hair never suited me. I love real ale, a huge range of music, and cake (also a huge range). Don’t like shellfish.
DJ: What is Relics about?
Tim: Short version – Angela, a criminology student, discovers an underground trade in the relics of mythological creatures after her fiancé goes missing. As she searches for Vince, she encounters a crime boss dedicated to collecting these relics … and she realises that some of them aren’t old. Some are fresh.
Long version – buy the book!
DJ: What were some of your influences for Relics?
Tim: I had the idea of the relics after reading a lot about poaching in Africa, the trade in ivory and other animal parts, and paid hunts. The trade in old relics quickly turned into something more… Also, I really wanted to write a London thriller, and the two ideas merged really well. Continue reading