My name is Tim Jopling and I love any spy and espionage books, TV, or films! People always say you write about what you know and although I've never had any personal experience (I've worked in the IT sector for 16 years!) I've read a lot of novels (you can't really beat the original Ian Fleming novels in my opinion) and watched as many TV shows and films as I possibly can. I'm a big James Bond fan (not the spoofy ones, my favourites are the grittier ones with Timothy Dalton my favourite Bond - nothing to do with the name mind you!) and loved all the seasons of 24.
There were a number of things that made me want to try writing. I remember several years ago when I watched one of the Mission Impossible films and a James Bond film, both of which were so poor I was convinced I could write something better! Around the same time I remember a scene in 24 with a minor character that really hit a note with me and got the creative juices flowing! Whether I've written anything better remains to be seen but I have so much fun writing stories with the Olsen and Deane characters (and the supporting characters too) I'm now working on the next novel in the series (Double Cross) and the fourth in the series as well (Judgement Calls).
When did you first start writing?
It was around 14 years ago when I first started writing. I'd always wanted to write something but I'd never really gotten around to it or come up with an idea that really got me started. At that point I started watching '24' and there was one scene in a safe house where a character called 'Paulson' was under attack as the safe house had been breached. It's hard to describe but that scene of a character no-one ever remembers changed my life it really did. It was an intense scene, brilliantly played by Kevin Ramsey who played 'Paulson' and though it only lasted a few minutes everything about had an impact on me. From the way it was shot, to the way tension was created, the way the characters were dressed, you name it. The very next day (once I got over the fact that 'Paulson' wasn't going to be in the next episode) I started writing a short story called 'ShadowHawk' which was so much fun. It was just a bit of fun but I ended up really enjoying it and a few months later I started writing another short story and it went from there. Years later I wrote my first novel 'Out of the Shadows' and the rest is history!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, it was called 'ShadowHawk' and it was based around an MI6 agent called Martin Bedford. I've probably still got that first version lying around somewhere. It was a bit basic but it was a short story where Bedford was being stalked by a team a threat that was looking to swap him with one of their guys who had been surgically modified to take his place. All a bit Hollywood right? It was really and it was just a bit of fun. I ended up using the name Martin Bedford in one of my novels. Having a good name for a character is so important not just for the reader but for the writer too. Thomas Smith is not quite the same as Thomas Deane if you ask me so it will make a big difference to the writer if that name is right and the visualisation process can start.
Nothing is ever what it seems. Don't turn your back on anyone or anything.
Akira is a man on a mission and will stop at nothing to see his vision of the world become a reality. His past will help unlock the secrets he needs.
Thomas Deane lives for MI6 and will do anything to keep the peace with his loyal partners by his side.
They're on a collision course, one you don't want to miss.