Hundreds of Year 7 and 8 students got a signed copy of The Recruit, when author Robert Muchamore came to visit.
The students, along with others from our sister schools, Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy, were treated to a 30 minute talk about Robert’s background and career then they got the chance to quiz him during a question and answer session.
He began writing after realising there was no teen fiction that would interest his Australian nephew and so his first novel was published in 2004. Since then he has created both the Cherub and Henderson’s Boys series and typically writes two books annually with new titles Guardian Angels and One Shot Kill due for release this year.
He said: ‘My favourite book is the first one, The Recruit, just because it is a nice feeling when your first ever book comes out. I wrote it over a couple of years because I had a full time job then and so it is quite an act of faith writing your first novel.
‘A lot of the process is planning, reading and research so it takes me about eight weeks to physically write a book which can typically be between 60,000 to 90,000 words. You see all the characters in your head. It is just a question of getting it down and it becomes quite intense. I plan everything out, I am big on plotting and do think that having a really tight plot in a book is important.’
Brooke Weston Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘This was a fantastic visit, the students really enjoyed meeting Robert who gave an engaging and entertaining talk and the fact that each student received a free copy of his first book was a real treat for them. His work is already extremely popular with many of our students and this visit has meant that even more of them will get to know and enjoy his books.’