Jamie Thomson (H. 1972-75), author, games designer and all round creative gem recently won the Roald Dahl Prize for his wonderful book "Dark Lord: Teenage Years". Born in Iran, Jamie then grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith (B. 1972-77) at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.
He is the author of numerous novels and 'choose-your-own-adventure' type gamebooks. His contributions to the genre include four major creator-owned series: Duelmaster, Falcon, and Way of the Tiger (all co-written with Mark Smith) and Fabled Lands (co-written with Dave Morris). He also co-wrote three books for the Fighting Fantasy series: Talisman of Death and Sword of the Samurai, again with Mark Smith, and The Keep of the Lich Lord with Dave Morris.
He also co-wrote an adventure game, The Tower of Despair for Games Workshop. Currently he has three novels for children published, Corvus, by Boxer Books and the Dark Lord series (Dark Lord: The Teenage Years and Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need) published by Orchard books in the UK, by Walkers Children in the US, by Arena in Germany and Alfaguara in Spain.
Jamie recently came in to the College to speak at our Sixth Form Careers Evening and proved a great hit with our assembled sixthformers!
- When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?
I was at Brighton college junior school (‘66/67?) from a very early age until I was about 13 when I went to the senior school. I think that was 72-76. I wanted to be a film and TV stunt man when I grew up!
- What are you now you've grown up?
I am now mostly very silly. Also an award winning author.
- What is your best memory of school? Friendship.
I made some life long friends at BC, and I still hang out with them quite regularly.
- What was the best piece of advice you were given
Thomson, get of the grass!
- What do you do / did you do as a career?
I’m a full time writer and games designer.
- What does your job involve?
Depends, computer game development is different from writing a book, but they both take a long time and lots and lots of focussed creative effort.
- What are the most challenging parts of your job?
The writing. Books are hard, even kids books, but it’s a great feeling to finish one!
- What have you done that you are most proud of?
My book ‘Dark Lord: The Teenage Years’ winning the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.
- What is the single thing that would most improve the quality of your life?
- What are the three objects you would take with you to a desert island?
A helicopter, a book (How to fly helicopters in three easy lessons) and plenty of fuel.
- How would you like to be remembered?
As the first Emperor of the World and Supreme Ruler of the Galaxy.