Right Chewie has been hogging the limelight, he’s been hogging everything actually, but I’m back!
Today I have an interview with Simon Rose, so let’s check it out!
When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I’d always written, but never thought about doing anything with my work until I had children. I then came into contact with children’s books for the first time in many years. Some of the books were excellent but some were very poor and I wondered how on earth they ever got published. That led to me reading more about published authors, making a living as a writer, the publishing industry, and so on. I also took a writing course and the first novel was published in 2003. I’ve been a fulltime author ever since, writing novels and nonfiction, as well as copywriting for businesses, and conduct a lot of school visits, writing workshops, author-in-residence programs, and work as a teacher and coach for adults who are interested in writing for children.
That’s awesome. I must admit there are some terrible books the kids bring home from the library, but most of the time they find interesting stories!
Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
The Sphere of Septimus will be published this fall. Here’s a short synopsis.
Eric isn’t too happy when he has to spend the summer with his eccentric father, Septimus Trinket, in the backwater village of Middle Wogglehole, deep in the heart of rural Derbyshire. In the isolated village, however, things are not quite what they seem. Eric meets Jessica, who tells him of the legends and mysterious stories that have surrounded Middle Wogglehole for centuries. When they discover Septimus’ shocking secret, Eric and Jessica are soon fighting for their lives against the forces of evil, in a world very different to their own.
The idea was one of the first that I ever had for a story and it’s developed considerably since then. It’s influenced by my own childhood as well as classic fantasy, mythology, and many other themes.
Sounds interesting, it’s great when stories create themselves.
What are your future aspirations as an author?
I’d like to be able to continue writing for a very long time and be able to complete all the great ideas I have for stories. I have so many projects that I’d love to work on and hope to have both the time and opportunity to bring them to life. And of course, like most authors, I’d like to write that one great novel, or even better multiple novels, that are either huge hits, critically acclaimed or both.
You never know, amazing things happen everyday!
Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere really. Out walking the dog, in the car, something in a conversation, a newspaper story, a billboard, an item on the evening news, books, historical events, other people’s stories, movies, or something out of the blue. I often find myself wondering ‘what if?’ Sometimes the challenge is to stop having ideas. Some may never be used, but I try to record as many as I can. I never know when they might fit in with a story I’m writing. Even ideas that don’t seem to work right away may have a use in the future.
Out walking the dog is definitely the best place to get story ideas…
What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I’m usually very busy with one project or another so it’s very difficult to find the time for writing courses or things like that. However, I’m always writing something, whether it’s a new novel, nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, or copywriting for websites, social media, or other business-related material. The writing itself helps me to improve as a writer and I read extensively every day, whether for research or just for fun. I spend a lot of time editing and revising my own work, work as an editor, and often coach other writers, all of which help me to improve as a writer.
Writing and reading are the two best ways to improve writing skills.
What are the names of your books?
The Sphere of Septimus, The Time Camera, The Doomsday Mask, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Emerald Curse, The Clone Conspiracy, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Children’s Writer’s Guide, and School & Library Visits for Authors & Illustrators. I’m also the author of over sixty nonfiction books, and a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume One.
Where can people contact you?
Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
The novels, nonfiction books and anthology are traditionally published. The Children’s Writer’s Guide, and School & Library Visits for Authors & Illustrators are independently published and I plan to complete more of these types of books featuring tips and advice for authors in the future.
Thanks for dropping by Simon. Stitch Says will be posting a review of The Children’s Writer’s Guide shortly. In the mean time keep reading, keep writing!