Today I’m happy to welcome Simon Wood to the blog. He’s a man of few words but the ones he uses are effective 😉 Enjoy.
What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike (if anything)?
I love writing the first draft. There’s a thrill from writing something new. The thing I dislike most is the copyediting. Grammar was never my best skill, so I hate having to pick over grammatical mistakes with the copy editor. I just wish they’d take care of it for me.
What inspires you to write?
Dilemmas. I love situations (real or invented) that put people in awkward positions where there are no obvious solutions. Find a bag of money on the street. What do you do—turn it in or keep it? Human frailty is a wonderful thing to explore in a fictional setting.
Do you find time to read, if so what are you reading at the moment?
I’m dyslexic so I don’t read much, but I do listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to a lot of crime fiction whether it be hard or soft boiled. At the moment, I’m reading the James Bond short stories.
Which author(s) has/have had the biggest influence on your writing?
I think James Herbert influences me from the standpoint of style. He writes simply but effectively. Reginald Hill helped inspire my world view when it comes to crime. He’s very good a highlighting our weaknesses. Raymond Chandler influences me from the standpoint of just wishing I could write like that.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
My background is engineering so I would be doing something in that field.
What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
I’m tenacious. I will go after something and I won’t stop until I achieve it. My weakness? What I just said. 🙂
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a book called ‘Infidelity Limited’. It’s about a woman who becomes embroiled with a shadowy firm that knocks some sense into wayward spouses.
Where can we find you online?
My most common haunts are: www.simonwood.net
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write. Revise. Submit. Repeat.
What’s been your proudest moment?
My first book.
What would you say to your sixteen-year-old self if you could offer one word of advice or inspiration?
Don’t be scared of following your dreams.