If I could have a ‘one 2 one’ with anyone in the world, I would talk to Malcolm Rose. If you don’t know who he is, he has written many books and has received many awards. He was born in Coventry in 1953. He has a wife, Barbara, and a son, Colin, who is now 24 years old. He is currently living in Sheffield, but has lived in many places Coventry, York, Liverpool and Milton Keynes. His first career was a research scientist which gave him the ideas to write his books. He got his ideas from many things around him, for example the news, science and his own interests. He wrote one of my favourite series of books: Traces. Originally aimed at children, it has become very popular with adults too. The Traces series are like the TV programme CSI with some cool sci-fi action.
I would start by asking him if he is going to carry on with the Traces series. After his first three books (Lost Bullet, Framed and Roll Call), he slowed down and we had to wait a long time for the fourth and most exciting book so far: Double Check. He has said in interviews that he is running out of ideas. However, I strongly suspect that he has been too busy enjoying his wealth, since he is quite rich for a fifty three year old. I imagine him, sitting on a large leather sofa all day, drinking coffee and throwing money into the air.
I would also like to know if when writing a thriller, if you start with the ending and then construct the crime story. I would love to become a famous writer but can never think of an original idea. Every time I do have an idea, it seems to already have been done. I would like to know if he could give me any tips on how to follow in his footsteps. I would ask her who his favourite writers are. I suspect he has a lot of respect for Robert Muchamore, as the Cherubs remind me of Luke Harding. I would like to know how much he reads and whether he thinks it is important to read a lot.
I would also ask Rose what is going to happen to the characters. Some of my questions would be about big issues. Foe example, I want to know whether Luke will finally get killed, or whether Malc will get some emotions installed, as I have suspected all along. Some of my questions would be about the less important, sub-plots. I want to know if Luke and Jade succeed in getting paired and if Luke carries on with his job.
The latest programme of CSI was a dark and entertaining portrayal of Double Check though it was a little different but along the same lines, it managed, in my opinion, to capture the mood of the book. I would ask Rose if he ever talks to Jerry Bruckheimer, director of CSI.
Finally, I would ask him what is going to happen in the last chapter of the last book. I really hope no one important dies. Above all, I hope that Luke survives to get paired with Jade.