Hiya guys! DRR has an interesting novel to share with you today!
Set in the ’60s, this Young Adult Mystery explores a young billionaire in London. Doesn’t that sound interesting?
Check out the author’s inspiration for writing the novel, and be sure the enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
The Secret Billionaire
~Released: September 29th, 2016
~Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns. His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “ dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found. Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?
Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he’s spent the last few years among serious grownups who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book. You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at his YouTube Channel.
Inspiration for “The Secret Billionaire”
by Teymour Shahabi
What was the inspiration for “The Secret Billionaire.” The most truthful answer for this book (for any book?) might be at once the most magical and the most banal – maybe even the saddest. Most probably, I wrote the book for the reason that some might read it – for the same reason that all of us, book lovers, crack open any book: to escape. I started writing it when my life was, arguably, veering a little too close to seriousness and adulthood, to predictability and safety. My response, naturally, was to create a situation – to invent lives for a set of invisible human beings – in which none of these things would be certain.
It’s understandable, therefore, that the ideas that came to me originated in all the places where I’ve found escape throughout my life – especially in the stories of my childhood. I’ve been haunted by tales of hidden treasure since reading “The Count of Monte-Cristo.” I fell in love with that story since I first heard about it around the age of ten, and I finally read the book a few years ago in my twenties. To me, that makes it count as a childhood favorite – especially given my alarming lack of evolution over the years.
Beyond the story, “The Secret Billionaire” is set in a universe that is primarily influenced by two worlds. The first is the world of comic books. I’m probably the person in the world whose love of comic books is the most disproportional to the number he’s read. (I remind myself of Hansel in “Zoolander” when he says, “Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”) In other words, I’m in love with everything about comic books – their mythology, their rules, their aesthetic, and their pantheons – and someday I’d be very excited to read them. Comic book heroes have inherited the role of pagan gods in our culture; we look to Wonder-Woman and The Hulk with the same awe that people once felt for Athena and Ares. For my book in particular, I’ve probably been inspired by Batman the most, because his world, like that of “The Secret Billionaire,” bends the laws of physics and society to their extremes without ever shifting into fantasy. The second inspiration for the setting of this book is small town America – a world that is still, in my eyes, filled with the hope, excitement, and bighearted values that fairytales are made of. (If you want pictures of the real-life town behind the fictional Spring Forge, please shoot me an email.)
Finally, I’m deeply indebted to my favorite children’s story of all – the one that inspired not only “The Secret Billionaire,” but my lifelong love of stories. That is the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. There are moments in the book that specifically reference events in Ali Baba’s tale. Like the treasures themselves in both stories, these references are secret, but just like those treasures, the thought of them makes my eyes glimmer. And I’m particularly proud of the link to Ali Baba because the legend takes place in Persia, the land of my own ancestors, and one of the great sources of storytelling in the history of humankind.
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