Simon Stanton

So what do you do?

The age old question: What do you do? To which most people start their answer “I am…”, as though their job defines their identity.

I am a writer.

I can say that, now. Now that I’ve got a website with stories on it (well it will soon), stories which I’ve written. I can now say that I am a writer, and I feel that I am a writer.

My day job is something quite different: I’m a project manager for a financial services company.

But this website is about my writing.

When did you start writing?

When I was young (I’m guessing five or six). My Dad would read me bed-time stories, and then he started making up stories. He’d use the Thunderbirds wallpaper I had as inspiration and make up stories based on the pictures. He’d use a notepad to sketch out little illustrations. I was enthralled.

I don’t actually remember when I started writing stories, but before I was writing them I was making them up, flights of imagination, scribbling out stories in my school books. Most of the stories involved space ships, aliens, ray guns and explosions (lots of explosions). When I started writing stories I carried on that theme. Not much story (at the time), not much character, but lots of space ships and explosions.

At the age of 16 I wrote a story which ran to 64,000 words. It was a monster. I typed it on an Imperial 66 manual typewriter, single spaced, hardly any paragraph breaks. I’ve not read it since I wrote it, but I expect it is a real monster – ugly, lumbering, malformed. But I enjoyed writing it.

And then I stopped. I don’t know why I stopped, but at some point in my later teen years I stopped writing. I carried on reading stories, I carried on reading about writing, but I didn’t write another story for over thirty years.

When did you start writing again?

I think it was in 2011. My wife asked me what I really wanted to be, and without thinking I said “a writer.” And that’s when my writing started again. It’s taken four years to really get back into it. I started with short stories while ideas for bigger works turned over and over in my mind. Ideas became outlines, which became a draft, and is now heading rapidly towards the light of day. But more about that later.

What do you write?

What I write is inspired by what I enjoy. They say “write what you know,” and what I know is what I like: Dr Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Red Dwarf, Thunderbirds/Stingray/Captain Scarlet, Aliens, and so on. But more than just science fiction, good drama, good fiction; 24, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, American Pie. Okay, the last one’s not science fiction or drama, but comedy and humour are also important. I often infuriate my wife with my recitation of lines from Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf, Blackadder, and more.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Well done Simon, a great story, up with the best. You have got me eager for the next instalment. I could not put it down as the interest was there from the very start right to the end. Keep the stories flowing.

  2. Good intro and similar background to mine, Simon. I worked for HSBC for 40 years before I took an opportunity to retire early. Since then I’ve completed a Creative Writing Course to help learn this fairly new writing craft, although I did write stories as a kid.

    My main interest is SF. This year is a little bit of a learning year for me in the self publishing arena. I’ve written a short memoir and non-fiction title to ease me into the process. I’ve a couple of other projects lined up for 2016 but my main desire is to write fiction. That hopefully will happen next year.

    I’m realising just how important it is to have a marketing plan for each publication and also how important the social networks are. Hopefully, I can build these up over the course of the year.

    Anyway, good luck with your book!

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