I used to love James Bond films when I was your age and as I got older I decided that the Bond films weren't as exciting anymore because the Bonds were too old. Roger Moore, for example, must have been 107 by the time he got to his last film.
And I thought wouldn't it be great to invent a spy who was a bit younger, maybe even a teenage spy and at that single moment the idea of Alex Rider was created. That was the beginning of it all.
Why did you choose to write another Alex Rider book after you said you had stopped after Snakehead?
Ben, 12, Southampton
Actually I never said that I would stop after Snakehead Ben, What I said was I would stop when Alex reached 15 years of age.
At the end of Snakehead he was 14 and nine months and this book is set two months later. That's when I'll stop when Alex comes to his 15th birthday, that's when you know I've stopped.
Do you use any of your personal experiences in your Alex Rider books?
Vivek, 9, Kingston
I'm afraid I don't have enough personal experience to fill an Alex Rider book! I spend too much time in my office working, writing and living in London I do use a lot of my travel, for this new book Crocodile Tears I visited Kenya, Scotland where I visited a big dam and a nuclear power station.
I even went to a GM crops research centre, all of which incidentally is giving away bits of the story! So I do use a lot of my travels for my books but I don't use experiences from my day-to-day life.
Is there going to be another Alex Rider book after this one?
Usamah, 13, London
Well, right now Crocodile Tears is the eighth Alex Rider book and the one thing that I'm determined to do is quit while I'm ahead.
I don't want you to go out and buy a book and say well it's OK but not as good as the last one.