I knew that Telos Publishing existed in 2005, but I hadn’t read anything they had published. They’d lost their licence to make limited edition Doctor Who novellas the year before and had shifted their fiction range into the Time Hunter series, but I hadn’t followed that either. But I knew a few of the people who had written for Telos, and I had a little spare cash – possibly the fee from my Big Finish short story in Short Trips: Solar System – so I bought Simon Forward’s Shell Shock and Daniel O’Mahony’s The Cabinet of Light. I read the latter and fell in love: the prose was so atmospheric, that I immediately wanted to write something similar … and I knew that The Cabinet of Light was the book that Telos had spun off into the Time Hunter series.
When I bought The Winning Side, I was already thinking about writing a Time Hunter. When I read it, I thought I could do something better, so I started to come up with an idea.