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TOP SECRET: Lasers, gravitational waves and world domination…

Brian Greene helps Stephen Colbert with his not-so-secret plans for world domination. All I can say is keep an eye on this situation as Einstein’s theories prove as dangerous as ever. n

And, whatever you do,  remember to keep this vital  information out of the hands of our mutual enemies as world domination is totally different to world destruction.

(Miss Lionheart)










  • How does a typical book get written in your world – what do you start with?
    I love writing, so a typical book starts with an idea and a character. Lilly Lionheart started as a girl genius fused with dangerous genetically designed animals Mastermind’s Lair. The evil mastermind idea never quite panned out as the character decided to be pompous rather than clever, but the whole mad science angle was fun. On the other hand, Wizard’s Guide to Wellington’s inspiration was in a round-about way The Hobbit. Tolkien used the countryside of Britain to create a legend he felt Britain lacked, discovering a “forgotten” history. As New Zealand and specifically Wellington already had its own legends, it was a matter of discovering how the local landmarks and legends interacted to create a very magical and dangerous city

• What awesome books and projects are you working in at the moment?

Top SecretFire Crow with Peter Friend: It’s a secret project, so I can’t really say anything, except that it’s really exciting and I love working with Peter who is a master of the Science Fiction. His Voyage to the Moon, published in Asimov’s is amazing.

The Sylvalla trilogy: Written by a pompous old university lecturer, F. Fradherghast’s Quest, Prophecy and Omens follow the adventures of Princess Sylvalla who desperately wants to be a hero. This series takes the tropes of fantasy and gently mocks them, while landing the protagonist in deeper and deeper trouble. I’d love for audiences to be able to read the trilogy on two very different levels, not unlike Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell. The idea is that it can be read as a straight adventure, but it can also be read at a deeper level, where things are not quite what they seem on the surface.

And finally I’m putting the bells and whistles on Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death. It’s been the most crazy fun to write. …duck the gelignite, avoid the Acme fuses. Do whatever you need to, just make sure you don’t miss out — it’s more than your life is worth! Delayed by a run of bad health, Part One: Once Bitten will now be released on the 31st of Jan.

The rest of the interview can be read here.

A.J. Ponder is an award winning author whose work includes Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, and the Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death series.


Lilly-Lionheart-Part-1By now you should know to duck the gelignite, but what I have yet to reveal is the top secret information you need to survive in an Evil Mastermind’s underground lair.

Monsters and mad science, even mythology I’ll be talking about over the next few weeks. I’ll be here to answer mad science questions as often as I can. But with guards constantly keeping an eye on me I don’t know how much I’ll be able to share without them noticing.

It is vital that this information gets out to all of you. It could save your lives some day. That is if you are ever trapped in an Evil Mastermind’s lair. Which I know sounds like something out of a comic book or a spy movie, and should be something that only happens in fiction. But for me. It’s real. It’s life or death.

I really have to go now. I can only use the excuse of sending department email for so long before the guards get suspicious.


Miss Lilly Lionheart

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

It might seem terribly exciting, but this stuff is downright dangerous – don’t expect any updates for a while – but just know I am waiting and watching – and if I survive you will be the first to know.


Hello world!

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Watch out – it’s a dangerous world out there – but it’s even more dangerous working for a diabolical boss – but more about him later – let’s say I’m not giving anything away – or else I’ll never get out of here alive.