The name’s Webb, Harry Webb, spider and private detective. Most people find what I do exciting, chases, shootouts, chases, fist fights, chases, escapes – you get the idea, there’s a lot of chases. Not me, I prefer the stakeout, hours sitting on some Liverpool street watching, waiting, eating, drinking coffee… minimal fees, minimal risk.
Then a job lands at my feet, a job I can’t refuse because it’s the only way out of a hole I’m in. A high profile job for a high profile client, with secrets that need to stay secret. A job that’s tougher than an overcooked steak and keeps me looking over my shoulder at every turn.
As I start drawing up a list of suspects and motives, making more enemies than friends, I realise that my job isn’t the only thing at stake here… there’s my life…
Targeted Age Group:: 8+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always wanted to write and always found the time to start, but never to get to the end. I’ve got lots of folders with scraps of paper in, lots more stories to tell. It was a personal goal to finish writing a book and, after a cancer scare, I decided to just sit myself down to do it. It was written for myself and for my kids, it was never meant to come this far, just to sit on the shelf for us to enjoy.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Once I’d had the idea of making Harry a spider, I’d find inspiration everywhere for other characters. Some characters are based on people I know, like my uncle who is ‘Iron Jaw’ in the book. Some are based on celebrities, like Al the barber who I imagined as Ray Winstone. Some have been suggested by friends, a stick insect villain named Slippery Ted and a rival detective moth called Jimmy the Moonlight.
Then some characters are just random. Marty, for example, Harry’s new apprentice and fly, is based on a man I see standing at a bus stop when I drop my daughter off at school. Other characters are inspired by the traits of the insect themselves, so a grasshopper for example will be a violinist because of the motion of the legs.
I have always written and made up stories for my children, but this is my first attempt at publishing a book so there isn’t really much to tell yet! There are many more Harry Webb stories to come along with a few other projects and collaborations in the pipeline.
May aim with this series was to create characters and roles that children can just play with rather than have to spend vast amounts of money on merchandise, the way I remember playing as a child and the way I’ve encouraged my children to play. Harry utilizes household items to make such classic gadgets as the ‘newspaper with eyeholes cut out’ or the invaluable ‘mirror stick.’ And his weapon of choice is the spud-gun.
While his sidekick, Marty, is a self proclaimed master of disguise, encouraging role play. And the girls get a look in too, proving they’re not just one-dimensional dames in distress, more often than not getting the boys out of the trouble they’ve got themselves in.
Links to Purchase eBooks
Link To Buy Harry Webb in ‘A Potato With Her Name On’ On Amazon