I started writing Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome at the end of 2012, about a year and a half after finishing Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike. I knew that I wanted it to be an ocean adventure, because that was how the Tom Swift books I read as a boy went– alternating between air/space and ocean/other.
The undersea dome seemed such a natural progression for Astrid. Since the invention of Astridium in book one– a superhard, ceramic material– could be made transparent, one of the first applications would be to create a geodesic dome under the sea.
I also wanted to introduce an ocean scientist to the series– some one who could fill the shoes of the late Jacque Cousteau. So I created Dr. Feuillée. He would go on to appear whenever I needed an ocean expert. I have a few astronauts in the story, but as Astrid herself is something of an astrophysical engineering prodigy, they are less integral to the stories.
I’m very pleased with Astrid Maxxim and the Undersea Dome. It really sort of cements the central cast of the series. Astrid has grown to be my second best selling series, after Robot: Patience. That makes me very happy, because I really love writing them.