The Genesis of Spybrarian

It all started with open-heart surgery.

Yes, an odd spot to start. I was the recipient of that surgery.

Afterwards, lying in the ICU recovery room, a very uncomfortable tube stuck down my throat, I started dreaming, perhaps hallucinating.

In this dream was a young man, looking like a cross between Harry Potter and Matt Smith’s Doctor Who. He was walking on air, feet not touching the ground, spouting weird little limericks and other poetry-stubs.

A lot of them were about how Meghan Markle is misunderstood. Some of them were about her blonde friend. I tried to remember them, I did, but I had no writing utensils, no digital tools to record what was unfolding in my mind.

Tonally, it was kind of Peter Pan for twenty-year-olds. It was innocent and playful, and just a little bit naughty. Other stories that I could compare it to would be The Magic School Bus and Carmen Santiago, with some Terry Pratchett mixed in.

The tighter I tried to hold onto the memories, the more they slipped away (or were replaced by a new one). The common denominator was that they were irreverent and fun. As much as I can’t remember the details, I remember the feeling it gave me.

And in my head, there was a word: Spybrarian.

I may not be a good enough writer to capture the fanciful tone and fantastical elements of my fever dream, but I hope I am a good enough writer to recreate, as best I can, what it made me feel.

One of the first things I did after being discharged from the hospital was to start writing down anything I could remember, but so much of it was lost.


Nathaniel Mountbatten (no relation) is a rather temperamental rascal.

He’s also a time travel who can appear in any library, anywhere, anywhen.

And he’s Earth’s only hope.

Well, at least until 2072. After that, we’re on our own.

Book 1:

Nathaniel just wants to have fun, but one prank creates an enemy who is determined to make him pay for his actions.

Book 2:

They’re coming, whoever they may be, and they’re turning the animal kingdom against us all. Nathaniel and a gorilla named Gertrude are all that stand between humanity and extinction.

Book 3:

The problem with angels is they get bored when they can’t ‘angel’. Now they’re just meddling in Nathaniel’s life and he can’t handle that.