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Below is the transcript from a interview with Simon Flynn that took place in February 2005. I would like to personally thank him for taking the time out with us.

Simon Flynn

FFG: Can we ask Simon, what is your role within Wizard? The Icon website makes us aware that you are responsible for developing Icon's children's imprint, Wizard Books and that you are a co-author?

Simon: I'm the Publishing Director of Wizard Books and am essentially in charge of what we publish. I co-wrote a guide to internet the called The Internet from A to Z but that was a few years ago now and is nothing really to do with Wizard.

FFG: You look after Icon's distributors around the world, outside of North America. Does this involve a lot of travelling?

It involves one big trip a year to the Far East and Australia but most things can be done by e-mail nowadays.

FFG: Onto Fighting Fantasy now. How did you get involved with Fighting Fantasy?

As a nine-year-old, I bought The Warlock of Firetop Mountain when it first came out. That hooked me for the next couple of years and I never really forgot the series. When we were thinking of starting a children's imprint (Wizard Books) I kept thinking about Fighting Fantasy and visited a few bookshops to ask if they were still available. It didn't seem they were. So I did some investigating on the website and managed to get a contact e-mail for Steve Jackson. Thus began the conversation to bring Fighting Fantasy back.

FFG: Have you always been interested in Fighting Fantasy?

See answer to the previous question.

FFG: Are you responsible for the development of Fighting Fantasy?

Yes in relation to the books and in partnership with Steve and Ian.


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