Defender of the Realm – Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler
Super-villains. Hungry monsters. One kid to stop them all. Meet King Alfie: fourteen-year-old British monarch and Defender of the Realm. Alfie never expected to become king so young. He definitely didn’t expect to become a legendary superhero: the Defender. Which means fighting an ancient secret battle against mega-villains and evil monsters. All while grappling with adoring crowds, paparazzi and minders. Now the terrible Black Dragon is rising. Only Alfie can stop him. Think being a king is just about wearing a crown? Wrong.
To celebrate the launch of this book on March 3rd, I am delighted to welcome to my blog today the dynamic duo who created ‘Defender of the Realm’ Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler. Thanks for stopping by on your blog tour Mark and Nick, it is a delight to have you both as our guests.
In this guest post they talk about how they ‘Write as a Duo.’
In the old days, when we flat-shared in London, we did the classic writing partners thing of having one of us at the keyboard, while the other paced behind yelling ideas (and fetching snacks). But pretty soon we both got married and moved out of London in different directions (not great planning!). So since then it’s been a case of using email and skype and meeting up for a day in London or at each other’s houses. And although the logistics can be a headache sometimes, the benefit is that it’s made us quite efficient about getting the most out of our ‘story breaking’ time together. We’ll talk and talk till we’ve got a detailed story outline and only then will we retreat to our separate writing caves (well, Mark has a shed, Nick rents an office) and draft different chapters. Then we’ll swap them and either provide each other with notes or edit each other’s work and before long we can’t remember who originally wrote what. People always seem to assume with partnerships that you must be very different or compliment each other in some big, black and white way (one great at structure, one good at dialogue, for example), but in reality we think our partnership has lasted because we’re very similar. Although we have our own areas of interest of course, we do tend to like the same stuff and think broadly along the same lines about things. We call it the ‘hive mind’, which I’ve just realized sounds more sinister than it is. It just means we’ll often have the same or very similar thought about something we’re working on at the same time. It helps avoid arguments anyway! Apart from anything, the life of a freelance writer can be lonely, unpredictable and stressful at times, so it’s good to have a friend alongside you to remind you that it’s also the best job in the world!
About Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler
Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler are Emmy and BAFTA-nominated screenwriters best known for writing popular TV shows such as Danger Mouse and Thunderbirds Are Go!
To find out more about Mark and Nick you can visit their website or follow them on Twitter:
Mark’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/huckywucky
Nick’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/nickostler
You can read my review of ‘Defender of the Realm’ here.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour.
A big thank you to Faye and Scholastic for asking me to be part of the blog tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.