Dinosaur hunter. Accidental archeologist. Armchair adventurer. Some of these things may not be true about Patrick Samphire. What is true is that Patrick is the author of extremely exciting and occasionally funny books for middle grade readers, and of more serious and magical short stories for adults. He’s lived in Europe, South America, and Africa, and now lives in Wales, U.K. When he’s not writing, he designs websites and book covers.
Patrick’s debut novel, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, January 2016) is a middle grade adventure. The year is 1816, the place is Mars, home of pterodactyls, spies, and clockwork butlers. All 12-year-old Edward Sullivan wants is to read his favorite magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales, in peace. But when a villainous archeologist kidnaps his parents, Edward and his sisters must brave the Martian wilderness to save them.
- Favorite book growing up: First up, it was THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (C.S. Lewis), then THE DARK IS RISING (Susan Cooper), then finally THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Tolkien), which is still his favorite book.
- Childhood aspiration: A writer. Really. The first time he really knew he wanted to do something for the rest of his life, it was a being a writer.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: THE THOUSAND NAMES by Django Wexler
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Playing and hanging out with his two sons (aged 1 and 6; they are both awesome!)
- Favorite sports teams: Harlequins Rugby Club
- Surprising personal fact: He’s married to another middle grade writer, Stephanie Burgis, whom he met at a writing workshop a long time ago, before either of them had even thought of writing middle grade books.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: His book is set in 1816, so it’s going to come out exactly 200 years after the book is set!
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