First, exactly when and how he landed the job:
Cole heard the news in the spring but had to keep it top secret until now.
“It was part of the test to keep it secret,” he said.
“I was ecstatic and blasted the James Bond theme in my car. It is a high profile assignment and I consider it a privilege.”
“Part of getting the job was to work out a pitch for a story arch to cover four books,” he said.
The article also reveals the age range of James Bond in the new novels:
In Cole’s novels Bond will be aged 14 and 15.
He said: “These are the books that show how the adult Bond was formed.
“He has adventures and brushes with the Secret Service, and an uncle who is a spy.
“In the 30s travel was different and more exotic and there is rich dramatic potential in the events of those times.”
Steve Cole's first Young Bond novel will be released by Random House Children's Publishers in Fall 2014. No news yet about a U.S. publisher or release date.