I’m pleased to be hosting an interview with UK-based author and indie-publisher, Tim C. Taylor, in regard to one of his newest projects, Treasure of the Last Dragon.
Treasure of the Last Dragon is a fantasy short story collection aimed at middle-school aged kids and released of part of the Repository of the Imagination imprint.
Question: Let’s start with a question about crabs! Tim, the title story in “Last Dragon” features a foursome of mystery-solving kids. Except these “kids” aren’t kids in any human sense of the word. They are aliens who look like giant crustaceans. How did you come up with the crab-alien idea? And, in regard to the gang and their lovable sidekick Wagger (an amphibian, but people often assume that he’s a dog!), were you at all inspired by the Scooby Doo cartoon series?
Tim Taylor: I’m certainly no stranger to Scooby Doo, and my family and I have all enjoyed the recent Mystery Incorporated series. But the idea came from another series of books that features a gang of two boys, two girls and a dog: The Famous Five. They were written in the 40s and 50s, which makes them so old-fashioned that my son finds them fascinating. I was reading them to him at bedtime when I came up with the idea for Treasure. I had great fun hinting at the kind of old-fashioned language and slightly didactic narrator you find in the Famous Five series.
I was writing these stories purely for the pleasure of doing so, rather than to earn money. I guess I was writing the kind of story I would have enjoyed when I was a boy. So I had humans who are the yucky aliens, and there’s a teasing acknowledgement of The Hobbit, which we had just seen at the cinema. Why crabs? I wanted something that would react to the softness of human skin as being something weird, so I picked something with a tough shell. Continue reading