[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Tim! Welcome to the Manga Maniac Café. Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Tim Lebbon] Writer, father, husband, Ironman, usually all at the same time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Toxic City series?
[Tim Lebbon] It’s set in a near-future world where London has been destroyed in a terrorist attack. There are, so the authorities claim, no survivors, and the city is toxic. But in truth, there are survivors. And some of them are developing strange powers. The military guards London … and they are also experimenting on those who have managed to survive.
The novels follow a group of teenagers who infiltrate London in an effort to find missing family members. But they find a lot more besides.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?
[Tim Lebbon] It’s a sort of big-scale siege story, and I love siege stories. I also like dystopian fiction — I must have wiped out the world many times over. The idea of a group of teens banding together to search for missing parents and siblings I found quite moving, and as I started to write the first book the characters quickly came to life. They started to steer events, so much so that my ideas for books 2 and 3 changed drastically during the writing process. That’s always a good sign!
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