"Terrance Dicks and Doctor Who continue to inspire me today," George says. "I put hidden Doctor Who references into all my books (except the education ones)." He is also currently working on a novel for the Lethbridge-Stewart series of Doctor Who spin-off books.
When he's not writing or being a Whovian, George enjoys travelling with his family around Australia and the world, cooking ("particularly baking," he says. "I've been baking a lot of bread during isolation") and eating ("I have a particular liking for chocolate and cheese... not necessarily together!"). George's love for travelling and cooking often go very well together. "One of my favourite things about travelling is eating," he tells me. "We went to Japan a few years ago and the food we got to try was my trip highlight."
"These are the books I wrote for 13-year-old me – the video game playing, sci-fi obsessed teen," George tells me. "Into these books I put all the stuff that fascinated me at this age. As a teenager I spent a lot of time wondering what sort of person I would be when I grew up. And I craved the perceived freedom I would have when I finally finished school. I also spent many hours pondering the bizarre notion that I, and everyone else in the world, might just be pawns in some game controlled by a higher power. So I wove these concepts of reality, identity and freedom into the narrative."
Ford Street Publishing relaunched the series earlier this year with new individual titles and new covers by Matthew Lin.