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Guest Author - Simon Cheshire

Simon Cheshire's first book was released in 1997, and since then his books have been published in numerous countries around the world - in several languages.

Simon Cheshire was born in Warwickshire. He was the quiet child at the back of the class, and he spent most of the time gazing out of the window. From a young age, he was a devoted reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, blithely dreaming of faraway places.

How old were you when you first started writing?

The first things I ever wrote were comic strips, when I was about 9 or 10, because I read a lot of Marvel comics at the time. However, I can't draw, so the pictures were rubbish. I started writing stories, with the intention of getting them published, when I was about 16 or 17.

How did you come up with the title 'Operation Sting?'

Oddly enough, I didn't. The title was thought up by the publishers, Stripes.

What book are you reading now?

I've normally got a couple of books on the go at any one time. Right now, I'm reading two biographies, one about Charles Dickens and one about the comedian Tony Hancock.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your books?

Page one! Seriously, the first chapter of any book is always the hardest part to write. Endings are much easier, because you already know what's been happening in the story.

What books have influenced your life most?

If I had to pick one book that made me want to be a writer, more than any other, it would have to be George Orwell's 1984. Still the scariest book ever written.

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?

Operation Sting is full of action and adventure, interesting heroes and dastardly villains. If there's any message in it, apart from simply 'have fun', it might be 'look out behind you!'

How much of the book is realistic?

The SWARM books are right on the cutting edge of what's possible with today's technology. We can't make real robot insects like the ones in Operation Sting... yet... but it might not be long before we can. These books could be banned in a few years' time for giving away top secret information!!!

Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

There are soooooo many writers whose work I love, I really couldn't pick out one. Or even ten! Orwell is a favourite, of course, as are P.G.Wodehouse, Patrick Hamilton, Richard Yates, Sarah Waters, Donna Tartt... Don't get me started, I'll go on and on for hours!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I must confess, I simply don't keep up with the latest books, as I should. (Insert blush of shame here). I'm too busy scribbling new ones myself.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not a word. It's totally perfect! OMG!

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