Simon's Son, How Adorable!!
Today I have someone very special for you on the blog.
The very awesome Simon Wilson. Amazing writer of one of my favourite books on authonomy at the moment- Ghost City Girl. It's a quirky mix of horror, Japanese, sci-fi and dark humour. I'll be honest with you, if he doesn't get this book published- I'll eat my hat!
Read his interview and then pop on over to authonomy to have a read of it and his other novel; See you when the World ends.
He just made the Harper Collins Editors Desk yesterday, so be sure to give him a big congrats, if not for this achievment, then for the birth of his son!
Name:Simon Paul Wilson
Where did you grow up?
A small town called Tamworth in England. It’s near Birmingham.
When did you start writing?
I started writing seriously in 2001, but I had been jotting down ideas for stories since around 1992.
What made you start writing?
I started playing Dungeons and Dragons, and other RPG’s, when I was 13. The games were expensive back then, and not so easy to buy in my home town, so I started writing my own adventures for us to play. When me and my friends ‘grew-up’, I missed creating worlds, characters and twisted plots, so decided to turn my imagination and hand to novel writing.
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
Not really. My first ambition was to be an astronaut! The idea of being an Author came much later.
What is your favourite genre to read, and do you have any favourite books or authors you would like to recommend?
I like many genres, but I have a soft spot for horror and sci-fi, especially if is weird!
I also have a passion for Asian literature, especially Japanese and Chinese. My favourite author is Haruki Murakami. To me, this guy is a genius, and for my writing to be sometimes compared to his is a huge compliment.
What about to write?
I like to write quirky fiction, a self-created genre! I guess my writing has elements of lit-fic, horror and sci-fi, with a splash of humour. I can’t seem to stick to one style when I write!
Do you write full time? If not, what do you do?
To write full time is the dream! At the moment, I am an ESL teacher in South China.
Do you ever base your characters on anyone that you know, or are they solely from your imagination?
The character ‘Pixie’ from ‘Yuko Zen Is Somewhere Else’ was inspired by real events and a person I saw on the metro one day. Apart from her, all of my other characters are from my imagination, I think!
Tell us about your latest book. The story/plot.
My latest book is called ‘GhostCityGirl’. It’s set in Japan in the year 2155, a hundred years after Tokyo was devastated by a ghostquake. The story is from the viewpoint of a young girl called Kichi. And tells of how she gets involved with conspiracies, ancient rituals and the end of the world. I don’t want to say too much, in case of spoilers!
What gave you the idea?
Like I said, I’m a huge fan of Japanese literature. I also adore Asian horror and anime, especially the dark stuff. I thought I’d try my hand at writing a book that was influenced by the the kind of things I like to watch and read.
What genre is it?
I call it Wasabi-punk! I guess it’s a mix of horror, sci-fi and some dark humour.
Who is your favourite character?
I would have to say Kichi. She’s a lot of fun to write. I think she develops a lot during the course of the story, especially when all Hell breaks loose.
The Blood Daughter, She is evil incarnate, and then some.
What are your hopes for it?
Of course, I’d love to get this one published. I feel it would make a great film too.
I can just imagine people wearing WasabiDogs T-Shirts and going to Halloween parties as Nil-by-mouths!
What’s the next project that you’re working on?
My next project is a YA horror called ‘Something Weird’. Not going to say too much about it right now, except that I am very excited about it!
What’s the best piece of advice that you have been given in regards to your writing?
A good friend told me to ‘‘Keep on writing and love what you write’’.
I think this is sound advice. After all, if you think your book is the best thing since sliced bread, maybe other people will too.
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