John Barrowman has revealed that inspiration for his new book, Hollow Earth – co-written with his sister, Carole – came from Harry Potter.
He was particularly affected by Carole’s children’s love of the book series:
“I used to buy the first editions and ship them over to my niece and nephew so they had them before all their friends. We were at a cabin in Wisconsin, by a lake where there’s plenty for kids to do outdoors, and we looked through the window and all the kids were just reading these books.”
Hollow Earth – the tale of 12-year old twins, Matt and Emily Calder – who have the power to enter paintings and bring art to life – was released at the beginning of this month by Buster Books.
Though the book, with a proposed age range of 6- 12, contains all manner of creatures, John insists it’s an entirely different beastie from Harry Potter:
“I don’t want people to think that we’re writing the next Harry Potter because we’re not. We just wanted to write a really good story… If people compare us to Harry Potter, it would be awesome. I love reading those books and watching the movies.”
John and Carole, who have previously written a Torchwood comic strip, are currently in talks to produce a TV series… and a Hollywood movie!