Here’s me in a few bullet points
- My first book appeared in 1997 and since then I’ve written all sorts of stuff for all sorts of ages – until 2020, under my real name Simon Cheshire – there’s a full bibliography here.
- For years, I had a proper job working in the marketing departments of various bookselling companies, but I’ve been a full-time freelance writer since 2001.
- Over the years, I’ve visited many festivals and literary events to talk about my work, both in the UK and abroad.
- I used to have my own radio series about writers and literary genres, on a digital station in the early days of DAB broadcasting.
- I live in Warwick, but spend most of my time in a world of my own.
- I’m allergic to animal hair, pollen and the word ‘incredible’.
- My favourite food is fish. Or possibly chocolate.
- I have no dress sense whatsoever, and usually go around looking like a mobile rubbish tip.
- My favourite activity is reading late at night, when everyone else is asleep.
- I write on a laptop running Linux, using LibreOffice to write my books and Mah Jong to waste my time.
- I hate gardening, swimming and salad.
- I firmly believe in the existence of extraterrestrials.
- I’ve travelled in China, India and Egypt and I really, really, really want to go to the Moon.
These are some of my favourite quotations about books and writing
- “The creator is nothing, the work everything” – Gustave Flaubert
- “If it reads easy, it was writ hard” – Ernest Hemingway
- “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness” – George Orwell
- “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning” – Peter de Vries
- “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force” – Dorothy Parker
And here’s an unrelated one that just makes me smile every time…
- “I could have been somebody. I didn’t feel like it, that’s all” – Tony Hancock