Tipton Froy has studied natural sciences, sociology, psychology, music and languages, and traveled extensively. His writing reflects a quest to explore what is possible in life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Scotland, near Glasgow. My mother and I lived in a very large old house, on the top floor in a fairly spacious apartment. It was just the two of us, and she had to work, so consequently I had a lot of time on my own in that house. I didn't realise at first, but there were many secret passages; little doors or hidden panels that would start in one room and end up in another, somewhere else in the building. My mum freaked out one morning when I wasn't in my room - I had been exploring the passages and couldn't find my way back, so was in some other apartment. It sounds funny now, but I think it genuinely upset her. Of course, I was forbidden from going on any more expeditions of discovery...and promptly ignored those and eventually knew all the passages in the house, including those that led to the basement...
When did you first start writing?
I was given a diary one year - I was probably around 9 or 10 - and I remember writing about my adventures (real or fantasy - it didn't matter) some days. I wasn't very good at keeping a diary; I didn't really write about things that happened to me on a specific day but rather ideas I had about things around me, or little stories that came into my head.
They say that we are all connected as human beings; that we share a history because our DNA can be traced back to earlier forms of life. But what if two people were connected at a deeper level? DUAL introduces the concept of quantum entanglement through the adventures of Catherine Jumeau and Denton Gill; two ordinary human beings with an extraordinary story.