Interview: Author Allan Boroughs

On Friday 20 June, author Allan Boroughs came to visit Truro School for a book signing and to speak to pupils about his latest book, IRONHEART.


Students from across the school met in the Dodd Library to hear of Allan’s adventures, his future endeavours and what it’s like to be a writer. He even brought a costume inspired by one of his characters.


A keen adventurer who has travelled to the likes of Siberia and Mongolia, Allan said: “I have always loved writing, and writing and adventuring go hand in hand. I feel that new experiences help drive my creativity. I spend most of my time writing here in Cornwall – this is God’s country!”


Allan has been writing since the age of nine. He has always had the intention to write solely for children, and great authors like Jack London and H.G. Wells inspired him to write action novels. He explained how important a good plan is to a story, calling himself a real ‘planner’.


He said: “The most important aspect for me is developing a main character; how interesting they are and what they desire and just throwing ideas around in my head.”


Although Allan takes a great deal of inspiration from the likes of Jack London, Philip Reave and H.G. Wells, he admires the creator of fantasy epic Lord of the Rings the most out of any other authors. He said: “For character, theme and content, I just love Tolkien.”


Allan had nothing but positive things to say about Truro School and the students who came to hear him talk. He said: “It was about 110 degrees in here but the kids gave me their full attention and were really well behaved – they were a really nice group. And what a great school this is!”


You can read more about Allen’s work on his website.