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He is the acclaimed author and screenwriter who has penned novels about James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and teenage spy, Alex Rider. Now Suffolk based Anthony Horowitz - whose midas touch extends to TV favourites Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders - has become a patron of the county's largest family support charity
Why have you become a patron of Home- Start in Suffolk ? Home-Start in Suffolk is exactly the sort of charity I like. Small, hard-working and doing effective work in the local community, helping families and children with a whole range of difficulties. I’ve been coming to Suffolk for 30 years and I’d like to think that everyone should be able to enjoy this wonderful place.
With a second home at Orford you must love Suffolk . . . is it the tranquillity and slow pace of life?
It’s so many things. But in no particular order: the skies, the walks, the food, the people, the churches, the history, the forests, the River Alde. And, yes, the tranquillity and slower pace of life.
Might you retire here?
I will never retire. But since I have a plot reserved in Orford cemetery, it looks as if I’m going to be here for some time to come.
I think you always believed you were going to be a writer and your mother introduced you to books on Frankenstein and Dracula as an early teen. Did the imagery of these books
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excite or disturb you? Maybe both?
My mother actually used to tell me the stories of the famous Hammer films, rather than the books, when I was about eight years old. I loved the stories (my favourite was actually The Fly about a scientist who ends up with the head of a fly).
How do you write? Are you an early riser, typing for a set number of hours then taking a break? Or perhaps you have a different regime?
I avoid any set routine. When I’m in Suffolk I usually start at around 8am and work through the day. But there’s always time for a long walk with the dog, or even just a stroll around the village. I never count the minutes, or the words.
Different disciplines, I’m sure, but what do you prefer – writing a novel or being a screenwriter? Perhaps sometimes the latter is better paid?
I can assure you that I never factor how much I’m being paid into my work. That really isn’t the point. I probably prefer writing novels (although I love screenplays too). With a novel, I have complete control. A screenplay means notes...and more notes!
Where did the inspiration for the Alex
Rider books come from?
I imagined what James Bond would be like if he was a teenager. That was my original inspiration. But then I made Alex as different to Bond as I could.
The interests/fads of teenage boys must have changed from your first Rider novels – how do you keep pace with new tech so that Rider is fighting crime ‘of the moment’ ?
I think the Alex Rider books are fairly classical adventure stories which perhaps gives them a timeless quality. It’s true that every five years I have to look at the stories and see if anything has gone out of date. There was a CD player that
   













































































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