P.R.O.B.E. Range Editor James Hornby spoke with author Steve Lyons about his story in P.R.O.B.E.: Out of the Shadows. Available to purchase on Amazon. P.R.O.B.E. © BBV Productions, used under license.
Q: How did you get involved with P.R.O.B.E.: Out of the Shadows
The editor, James, got in touch to ask if he could include a cameo by the Selachians – a race of monsters I created for a Doctor Who novel many moons ago. One thing led to another, and I ended up writing a Selachian story for the book.
Q: What can the audience expect to see from your story in Out of the Shadows?
Two members of the PROBE team travel to the West Country to investigate sightings of a lake monster – one that seems to have come through a time anomaly. If you’ve read my answer above, then you already know where this is going...
Q: How did you find the writing process?
Easier than I expected – which isn’t something I’d normally say! Writing other people’s characters is always a challenge, especially when there isn’t much existing material to go on – but the new PROBE team were so well defined in the guidelines and samples I was sent that I soon felt as if I knew them.
Q: What are you most proud of about your story?
I think what I’m most proud of is just that people are still asking to see my silly armoured sharks after twenty-odd years. I’ve written them into two novels, an audio drama and a comic strip, so this is an exciting new medium in which to parade them. It’s also the first time I’ve brought them to the present day, which opened up a few new possibilities for them.
Q: Where else can we find your work?
I’ve recently script-edited and written for Big Finish’s Avalon audio series, a spin-off from Blake’s 7, which I’m very proud of. I’ve also been back working in the Doctor Who and Warhammer universes, on projects hopefully soon to be announced.
P.R.O.B.E.: Out of the Shadows is available to purchase on Amazon.
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