Reads & Reels is happy to welcome Teymour Shahabi, author of The Secret Billionaire.
I’m so happy to host this award-winning novel today. It sounds amazing–Original, thrilling and a whole lot of fun! I also got a chance to ask the author a few questions.
The Secret Billionaire (Release Date: September 26, 2016)
March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.
His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.
Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?
Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Florida Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Q & A with Teymour Shahabi
1. Your resume is very impressive. You’ve studied both Comparative Literature and Mathematics. Opposite ends of the spectrum really. What made you decide to try your hand at writing?
2. I love the premise of The Secret Billionaire, very original. Any of it based on real life experience?
3. You live in New York now, but you were born in Paris. Both amazing, cultural and cosmopolitan cities. Do you miss Paris? Or do you prefer “The Big Apple”?
4. What’s next for you? Can we expect a new book or series?
About the Author
Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.