No matter how many times it has happened before, it’s still a thrilling moment when the first hard copies are delivered and you feel the pages and smell the printing ink. I actually wrote the first draft of “Team Games” a few years ago and only this year brought it out of limbo to polish it, add extra chapters and edit it ready for publication. This process took its length from 50,000 to 70,000 words, and I think the additional material improved it.
It is children’s science fiction, like my other titles for young adults. I only wrote one sequel, “Silver Dawn,” featuring the same characters as “Children of the Night.” The others are all stand-alone books with different characters and settings in them. This one is no exception, though it is different in that it is set just slightly ahead of present day. The cover might imply that it is set in a distopian future, but it’s not like that at all. There is the familiarity of schools and shopping malls, but most of the children play an extraordinary and exciting game every day on the streets, a combat game with teams and contests and rankings. It is a game deliberately devised by social psychologists to be more thrilling than the crime or drugs that some kids used to indulge in. However, someone is using the game as cover for nefarious ends, and it’s up to Zac and his friends to stop them… The book isn’t on sale yet, but I’ll post when it is.
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