The Last Thirteen #1: 13

Author Phelan,James

Item Code 8098057

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781742831848

Series Last Thirteen


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Thirteen books. Thirteen nightmares. One destiny.

I click my fingers and everybody dies.

Sam wakes from his nightmare to discover the terrifying reality. It will come true.

Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents aren't who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. Nothing will ever be the same again.

With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy. He is in the final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all.

He alone can find the last 13.

Genre: Thrillers

Reading Level: Upper Primary

School Year: Year 5, Year 6

Lexile Level:: HL730L

Ages: 10 to 12

Page Count: 216

James Phelan

Where were you born? Where do you live now
Born: Parkville, in Melbourne.
Currently living: Richmond, in Melbourne. I live in a warehouse apartment that I designed and built myself.

Where did you go to school?
Mostly around Melbourne, with my last few years of high school in Wonthaggi, which is a town on the south coast of Victoria; then at plenty of universities.

Did you have a nickname?

What were you like in school?

I started school aged four, so I was usually the youngest in every year level. That said, I was usually one of the tallest, reaching my 189 centimetres by age 16 or 17. I really enjoyed the arts and humanity subjects, especially English and literature, and anything to do with creative writing and history. I also enjoyed playing football and being in a cycling club.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I once rode a bike through a glass door at school. It was an accident!

What was your favourite book growing up?

I have three that I cannot split: The Hobbit, The Jungle Book, and The Little Prince. Each of those books meant something special to me, and I've read them countless times throughout my life.

Who is your favourite children’s author?
Any one of the authors of the above books.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?

Cuisine: Italian. OMG! I'm like a Labrador — just try to stop me eating my fav food!
Colour: blue (to wear).
Movie: Casablanca. It's got all the elements of a good story: thrilling, funny, romantic, sad, musical, suspenseful, surprising, etc.

Who inspired you to write?

There's no one person; it's an amalgamation of all the authors and books that I admired through a lifetime of reading. My passion for writing was born out of reading books that took me into a world and kept me there for the duration of the story and beyond. I admire storytellers who dare to take readers on an unexpected adventure.

How did you get started? How old were you?

I started writing my first books when I was three. I remember over those early years creating a collection of juice recipes (that was my job in the morning: making fruit juice concoctions for the family... and they soon said ‘Forget juice when you grow up, no-one will ever make money from a juice business’), some comics, and longer narratives of adventure. This culminated in my first novel starting to take shape when I was 15. It was not until I was 20 that I sat down to write a novel from start to finish. Five years later, that novel was published, and I've not looked back.

Why did you want to be a writer?
Because I loved stories, and it seemed like the coolest job in the world! I've been writing full-time since 2006, working from home, with no boss, doing my own thing, every day spending time with characters in a world that I get to make up from scratch. It's fun! And I love to get feedback from readers who have enjoyed my books.

How do you think up ideas?

I concentrate REALLY hard. No, not really... Hmm, you know what, I really don't know how I think up ideas, they just come along. I think that if you are always creating something, your mind will reward you with new and interesting ideas and thoughts to explore. Sometimes they are for short stories or picture books, other times for novels for teens or for grown-ups, and sometimes for really big series, such as with The Last Thirteen.

Do you have a special place where you write?
I write every day, and I usually start at my favourite local cafe. I sit there for a couple hours with my notebook or my laptop and write and drink coffee. Then I come home, go to my study, and answer emails (and read newspapers and blogs on the internet) for about an hour. Then I do a few more hours of writing, then cook dinner and maybe watch some TV, and then, if I need to for a deadline, I will do another couple hours of writing.

What is the best thing about being a writer?
Not having to wear pants to work. Oh, and having complete creative freedom while doing a job I love.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as a writer?

No. Have I? Maybe. Do I have to share? Let's just say that I hope to have many funny and embarrassing moments in the future.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I like to hang out with family and friends, I like to cook (and eat), to travel, to read, and sometimes to just relax on a beach... or on the couch, watching good films or TV or sport.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not a writer?

I started out at university studying architecture, so I would probably be designing our real world by now instead of my made-up one.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Leonardo da Vinci. He was a genius, and a polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. Kinda like myself really...

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

I think we should all try and live our dreams :-)

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