I’ve been asked lots of questions about Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants. Here are some of them. I hope you will email me if you think of any more.
Where is Blaggard’s?
It’s behind a high brick wall on a large piece of land on the outskirts of the sleepy town of Borage Bagpuize, somewhere in the British Isles…
Why don’t local Dependables (honest citizens) complain about having a school for evil geniuses on their doorstep?
They don’t know that’s what it is. Blaggard’s always has a fake identity that changes from time to time. The current one is Constance Bottomley’s Academy for the Rural Arts. Allegedly, the curriculum includes creative haystack building and sheep topiary.
How do you get into Blaggard’s?
It’s pretty well impossible to get into Blaggard’s unless you’re a member of a thoroughly criminal family. Dependables without criminal credentials never get in. If you are from an established criminal family, you apply and are interviewed to ensure you’re Blaggard’s material.
Blaggard’s and Crumley’s School for Career Criminals are bitter rivals. How did that happen?
That all started a long time ago, in 1671, when representatives of both schools tried to pinch the Crown Jewels on the same night. No one succeeded, and both schools blamed each other for their failure. The bad feeling escalated to the point where the Head of the newly established Crumley’s School for Career Criminals challenged the Head of Blaggard’s to a duel with swords. Before either could win, spectators from each school launched into a massive fight and the duel was abandoned. They’ve been enemies ever since.
Who works at Blaggard’s?
Lots of very odd teachers. The Head is the fearsome Griselda Martinet who has a Big Secret. I’ll tell you more about her (and some of the other teachers) soon.
How many Blaggard’s books are you planning?
At the moment I have detailed plans for four. I have lots more in mind though. Watch this space!
How can I read more about Blaggard’s?
At present, the first Blaggard’s book is coming out in Germany later this year. So if you can read German, you don’t have long to wait! I don’t have a UK publishing deal yet, but I’m keeping everything crossed. In the meantime, if you sign up for my mailing list, I’ll send you short stories whenever I get the time to write one.