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Today, we present Jack In The Box by R B Harkess. Born in Bristol, he now lives just outside London. He studied a mad mixture of subjects at the Open University which had nothing to do with his career in I.T. Having only “started writing seriously again” in 2009, he likes to look at ways of getting his stories out in as many media as he can besides the conventional ‘dead tree’ method.
Of this story he says, “I wrote Jack in the Box without even realising it was young adult. A little while later I was trying to plot out a SF story, and couldn’t get it to work. A friend mentioned Jack in the Box in the same breath with Young Adult, and the next thing I know I’m writing Aphrodite’s Dawn – and that ended up as my first ever novel, a science fiction story published earlier this year by Proxima.
Now I love writing YA. I have another book just about finished, and a third in production. There is something clean about YA, more focused on the moment, more focused on the characters. I hope to be writing it for many more years.”