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With an enviable hit rate wherever he sets his sights, Anthony Horowitz can write no wrong. Tina Jackson learns how he keeps up the excitement


A nthony Horowitz has a reputation – well-deserved – of being able to turn his hand to anything. And such was his success at emulating his idol’s voice that he’s been granted another licence to thrill by the Ian Fleming estate. After 2015’s Trigger Mortis, he’s returned to Bond for Forever and a Day – a prequel to Ian Fleming’s first Bond book, 1953’s Casino Royale.

It’s been a dream gig for the avid Bond fan. ‘The Ian Fleming estate had decided to produce new Bond novels, with Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver and William Boyd. I was sitting there rather seething cos I kept hoping they would call me,’ Anthony recalls. ‘I’m a huge Bond fan and my Alex Rider series was inspired by Bond. In the end they finally did, and invited me to write Trigger Mortis. I don’t quite know how I’ve been lucky enough to be invited back. Perhaps they realised that changing authors every single book didn’t help, and Trigger Mortis was successful with the real hardcore Bond fans.’

Trigger Mortis was set in 1957, Bond’s Goldfinger period, but Forever and a Day takes him back to the very beginning of his career as a Secret Intelligence Service agent. ‘I wanted to do something different, with a bit more character development,’ said Anthony. ‘I wanted to know what had made Bond Bond. What it was that made him a cold-blooded killer. It was an interesting book to write – it takes place months before Casino Royale but it does tackle head on some of the issues that made him him.’

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How can you get your writing to the readers it deserves? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we look at how to generate new freelance opportunities and how and why the flourishing independent press scene may be your best bet. First though, if you're a new writer you need to read our guide to finding and fixing those rookie mistakes in How Not to Be a Bad Writer. This month's star interview is the man with the golden pen Anthony Horowitz, talking about bringing back Bond and maintaining his impressive hit rate. Keep up to date with all the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print with Writers' News – there's £37,240 in writing prizes to be won!