About Simon James House:
Simon James House was born in London. He has always been highly creative with a strong and vivid imagination. Simon spends most of his time now living in-between London and Sydney, Australia, where his passions are surfing and writing. He constantly seeks new and creative ways to express himself; one of these ways being through writing fiction stories. His passion for writing motivates him to create inspiring works that are original and innovative, sparking the reader’s imagination, taking them on a journey into his world.Simon is also the creator and president of the FreeForma clothing line and the inventor of the classic surf/skateboard FreeForma bike.Simon supports cetaceans in distress by donating a percentage of profits from sales of the Andee the Aquanaut Trilogy to worthy organizations worldwide.Visit and learn more about Andee the Aquanaut on the website, Twitter and Facebook.
What inspires you to write?
I normally write in the afternoons until late evening. I usually visualize the chapter I am working on through the morning and then hopefully once I have it in my mind, I will start to type on my laptop after lunch and through the evening. I will write for about 2 – 4 hours per day depending on how the story in my mind is flowing. If a chapter hasn’t moved me in some way then I will keep trying until it does. If I get stuck for ideas then I will go for a run or walk and have a coffee and then usually it’s not long before I have a eureka moment and get back onto my laptop with the ideas pouring out onto the page. It won’t come just staring at the blank page trying to force it out of you!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer! It’s all in my mind. If I try and get all mathematical about it then that’s not creative. The creativity will just dry up and I won’t enjoy it. It won’t be fun and it has to flow. I need to imagine the story in my mind as if I am watching a film or as if it’s a film I have seen and then I’ll start to write. I don’t know who’s sending the info to me but please keep it coming!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I have the characters’ voices in my head and I have imagined how they will sound, otherwise, I won’t be able to write about them. I still listen to the Wise White Dolphin every day. He tells me what to put in my shopping basket! Help me! The characters are just there in my head and talking in the accents of how I’ve imagined them to sound. I will listen to what they are saying and put that into words. I will also imagined them while I am going about other daily tasks and keep building up a strong image and profile of them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be creative and don’t try too hard. Just let it flow and let the story unfold in your mind. Spend some weeks just thinking about the characters; their voices, how they sound, how they will act and what they stand for. Bring it all to life in your mind like a movie trailer before you begin to write a single word. Then sit down at your laptop and watch it all pour out onto the screen.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I thought that sending out three chapters to publishers and hoping that it might be picked up would be a very long and slow task full of rejection. I have always done everything on my own and hate relying on other people so I decided to self-publish and make it happen right now. I’d say explore both options but get your book out there first then send it out to publishers once you have had some good reviews and feedback. As your book is starting to build a track record, you can say hey look at this. Look at my book, it’s working!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is digital books, which is a great way for young authors to get there work out there and be read straight away rather than waiting around for endless rejections from publishers. Nine out of ten times a book will be great and people will love it but the publisher won’t see any commercial value in it as it’s such a flooded market. This rejection can discourage great young talent, which is very sad. Publishers don’t always choose the right books so writers should get their work out there now and be their own boss. The publishers will come knocking at the door sooner or later if the book is good.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Children’s, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print