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Interview with simon 1982
Thank you for participating in the Author’s Spotlight. We'd like to introduce you to simon 1982.
Can you briefly tell us a little about yourself and your choice of pen name on Litnet?
Hi, my name is Simon Eastwood I am 37 and live in Huddersfield in Yorkshire England. I have always had stories going round in my head and never written anything down since school. I left school with very poor grades. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 14 after my teachers had kept telling my parents that I was just a slow learner. When I was at school I was humiliated more than once by teachers making me stand in front of the class and told to read out loud so the other kids could laugh and when I spelled things wrong they made me tell everyone how I had spelled them.
But I was confused because I was always getting my stories read out as well. When I was a teenager my dad got an incurable brain tumor and I had to help care for him and I just stopped trying at school. I went off the rails. I have always been big so I was able to buy alcohol underage with no questions asked. After my dad died I decided to prove to everyone that they were wrong about me. So I worked hard until I was skilled enough to set up my own business in Building. My pen name was one that came automatically when I signed up. I'm keeping this to myself. I haven't told friends or family about my writing. My wife thinks I'm up to no good because I'm always on my phone now and keep hiding it from her.
You are currently writing the zombie apocalypse book, “My Town” on Litnet. Can you tell me what your inspiration for this book is?
The idea for "My Town'" came about a year ago. I was watching the walking dead and thought you hardly ever see a zombie film set in the UK. Then I thought about what I think I would do with the characters. Some are completely fictional and others are based on people I have seen walking around but never met. I watch a lot of T.V. and listen to audiobooks and one of the authors I have listened to a lot is David Achord, who has written a series of zombie books that I have been hooked on but again it is in America.
So the idea wouldn't go away and I started to write it. I was not expecting anyone to read it, to be honest, but after three weeks I have written 6 chapters so far and had 80 views and it has been #2 in science fiction. I have been getting some really good and useful feedback. I understand that my grammar is very poor though but I have been getting helpful tips from other authors on Litnet and it seems to be working so far.
Do you think you will stay in the one genre or will you be branching out in the future?
I think that I will always be on the darker side of storytelling but I won't be all zombies. I have a couple of others planned. One about the moon landing in 1969 and another about a world where religion is completely outlawed and run by a small group of people and there is no money just credits. There is a lot to come out of me but I will say I will not be writing a romance anytime soon. I just don't have it in me.
In “My Town” you have used dates as your chapter headers. How did you come up with this idea?
I don't want to go into the dates too much it is a link to the end of the book and a way of keeping track of how long and quick things can change.
Is the main character Sid based on anyone in particular or is he completely based on the namesake Sid Vicious?
I have used the name Sid after myself. I was not always a very nice guy and did get into trouble but have never been in trouble with the law. So everyone who knew me back then called me Sid. I'm not proud of some of the things I have done in my past but I have changed. Because of writing it as, first-person, I felt like I had to use myself in him.
Can you give us any spoilers or clues as to what we can we expect to come in the book without giving too much away?
Some characters may die that you might get attached to and some you might hate may stay around. Maybe it's the end of the world or maybe it isn't. I do intend to use kids more and all animals.
Have you written any other books or is this your first?
This is my first ever real book. I won a short story competition when I was around 9 years old and it got published in a book for schools. My mum still has it. My story was called "The Time Tree".
How did you discover Litnet and what do you think of your experience using Litnet as your publishing site?
I discovered Litnet on an advert on YouTube and thought I'd give it a go. I have been trying to get a book going in a collaboration with someone but it is very hard to do it that way I think. I will be on here for quite some time now I have started.
What are any obstacles that you may face with your writing and how do you overcome them?
I don't understand all the different ways to use words like there or wear. So I have a bad habit of just using one because of spelling. Predictive spelling is used a lot or I speak to my phone on Google. I find time an issue as well because of the hours I have to spend on my business.
Do you have any favourite or inspirational authors?
There are so many authors that I look up to. Scott Myers is one of my favourites and obviously Stephen King. I don't think I can pick just one because I then think about Jeff Linsey creator of Dexter or Dean Koontz and I grew up with Roald Dahl. I don't think there is just one person I can say makes me want to write.