Featured Friday! Simon Townley
Simon Townley is a British fiction writer and author of the acclaimed sci-fi / speculative novels ‘Lost In Thought’ and ‘Ball Machine’. He writes cross-genre novels for readers of all ages, including prehistoric fiction series ‘A Tribal Song – Tales of the Koriba’; post-apocalypse adventure ‘In The Wreckage’; dystopian sci-fi thriller ‘Outlivers’; and the bio-punk tale of a talking terrier ‘Doguar and the Baboons of War.’
His writing credo is to defy the conventions of the literature versus genre debates and aim to create books that are both well written and a cracking good read.
Simon also works as a copywriter, journalist and editor. He lives in Devon, England, with a woman, three cats and his beloved Airedale terriers.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Working from home, making up stuff, creation from nothing.
What made you start writing?
Love of reading.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Not one but many, including: Tolkien, Pratchett, Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Herman Hesse, Arthur C. Clarke, Heinlein, and many more.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Read a lot and write a lot and learn craft. Does that count as one or three? Oh, and learn to touch type. Seriously. Do it now.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I like to read books that are more than just part of a genre – the ones that define or create a genre or which change it, or mix it, or stretch it. I can’t understand why anyone would want to read bog-standard genre fare. This reading preference is clear in my books – which are all over the place in terms of genre.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Doguar. He’s a talking dog.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
Killing most of the first chapter of my new book ‘Blood Read’ – text which I had rewritten countless times, slowly perfecting it, making every word count. I wanted to keep it in because it was dramatic and revealed character and showed a love of language. It had to come out for all the same reasons, really.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Lord of the Rings. Or Pratchett’s discworld series. Or ‘Lost In A Good Book’ by Jasper Fforde – which would give me access to all the other books ever written.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
The Big Lebowski
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Nope. Too hard.
Okay, I’ll try, how’s about: “He lived, he loved, he walked dogs and wrote stuff.”
What’s exciting you about your next project?
It starts with the end of the world.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“Let that suffice.”
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