Barrowman turns to fiction for Buster Books

<p>Michael O&rsquo;Mara&rsquo;s children&rsquo;s imprint Buster Books is to venture into fiction publishing for the first time with a title from &ldquo;Torchwood&rdquo; and &ldquo;Doctor Who&rdquo; star John Barrowman.</p><p>World rights were acquired from Gavin Barker of Gavin Barker Associates for an undisclosed sum to the as-yet-untitled novel.</p><p>Buster Books publishing director Philippa Wingate said that &ldquo;probably another&rdquo; title would follow and &ldquo;hopefully many after that&rdquo;. The first novel, to be aimed at children aged 9-12 years old, is lined up for paperback publication in August 2011.</p><p>It is the first time that the children&rsquo;s imprint has strayed into fiction, although MoM has published adult titles such <em>The Devil&rsquo;s Graveyard </em>and others by Anonymous.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited,&rdquo; said Wingate. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a new thing for us . . . We will use experienced <br />fiction editors who have worked with celebrities before.&rdquo;</p><p>Barrowman will write the novel with his sister Carole, who also helped him pen autobiographies for the independent, <em>Anything Goes</em> and<em> I Am What I Am</em> (both MoM). The novel will be sci-fi/fantasy, and the plot will follow a 13-year-old twin brother and sister.</p><p>BBC Books has also confirmed that Barrowman will also be writing a &ldquo;Torchwood&rdquo; tie-in novel, although it is as yet untitled and unscheduled. </p><p>Barrowman is set to star in a newly commissioned fourth season of &ldquo;Torchwood&rdquo;.</p>