We’re big fans of Andy Briggs, so were delighted when we got the chance to get him to tackle our 5-4-3-2-1 feature!
FIVE Items of swag I’d love to see made
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the actual book, but then I realize we have the Internet and tablet computers – so it has been done!
Flying Car – I put one of these in my Villain.net series, and they’re exactly the type of invention you’d find hidden in The Inventory.
The One Ring – I’m slightly torn between the ‘pro’ of going invisible and the ‘con’ of turning into a gibbering slave of the dark lord. But the invisibility is winning…
Aqua-Lung – Another handy gadget from the shelves of the Inventory. It allows you to breath underwater by separating oxygen just like a fish’s gill. As a keen snorkeler, I would love this.
Portable Hole – If you have never been able to squeeze past something, or simply need extra space, then you need a portable hole. Small plastic sheet that you put down on any surface and it makes a hole. Simple!
FOUR Authors I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island
Ali Sparkes (Shapeshifter series) – because she would know exactly how to help us all survive.
Tommy Donbavand (Scream Street) – because he would keep everybody’s spirits up!
Joe Craig (Jimmy Coates series) – because I could put my feet up and know he would work out an ingenious way off the island.
Neil Gaiman (Good Omens) – because he could do the cooking and I bet he’d be terrific fun unless you criticized his quiche.
THREE Pieces of advice I’d give myself if I could travel back in time to before I became a published author
Write more! Stop hanging around and daydreaming, and get out there and start doing!
Finish the book. Put it away. Write another. Repeat.
Nobody knows anything. There are no actual rules…
TWO Relationships I love reading about
Rincewind – from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. His relationships and interactions are always charming and often dysfunctional. The fact he’s a coward is very endearing too…
Harry Flashman – not one for the kiddies, but George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series has some of the best characterization ever. Like Rincewind, Flashman is a coward but he’s also a criminal, a cad and utterly reprehensible. Yet, through every chapter you are constantly cheering him on. For me, he is one of the best literary characters ever.
ONE Classic I wish more people were reading today
The Lost World – by Arthur Conan Doyle. While Doyle’s Sherlock books hog the limelight, The Lost World for me was his very best work. A truly inspirational adventure that suggests there are many more things out there waiting to be discovered.
The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (The Inventory #1)
The Rules: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech.
1) Do not try it.
2) Do not tell anyone.
3) Do NOT let thieves in behind you.
What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for. Invisible camouflage. HoverBoots. Indestructible metals. Plus a giant creature of chaos: war robot Iron Fist. No one has ever broken past the state-of-the-art AI security system. (Seriously, most bad guys have no idea this stuff is even there.)
Problem 1: the security robot wasn’t ready for a gang of kids wandering in.
Problem 2: they’ve ONLY brought the ruthless Shadow Helix gang in behind them. Seriously dumb, but it’s a bit late for ‘sorry’.
Say hello to trouble: the Iron Fist is in the wrong hands!
Information about the Book
Title: The Inventory: Iron Fist (The Inventory #1)
Author: Andy Briggs
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: MG Sci-Fi / Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events.
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