Michael O’Mara’s children’s imprint Buster Books is to venture into fiction publishing for the first time with a title from “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who” star John Barrowman.
World rights were acquired from Gavin Barker of Gavin Barker Associates for an undisclosed sum to the as-yet-untitled novel.
Buster Books publishing director Philippa Wingate said that “probably another” title would follow and “hopefully many after that”. The first novel, to be aimed at children aged 9-12 years old, is lined up for paperback publication in August 2011.
Barrowman will write the novel with his sister Carole, who also helped him pen autobiographies for the independent, Anything Goes and I Am What I Am (both MoM). The novel will be sci-fi/fantasy, and the plot will follow a 13-year-old twin brother and sister.
BBC Books has also confirmed that Barrowman will also be writing a “Torchwood” tie-in novel, although it is as yet untitled and unscheduled.