Interview with Simon Corn

Describe your desk
I'm lucky enough to have my desk situated outside my home, on my veranda that over-looks the Indian Ocean. I find writing in the open air invigorates me. I think that this comes from being cooped up in an office for many years. All you will find on it is my laptop, a mug full of tea and the occasional packet of chips.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Good question, all my books are situated in a version of my home town of Portsmouth, England.
Assassin- The Killing Grounds is set in a dystopian future version of the city, but many of the buildings mentioned are used to this day.
James Fisher and the Bird Witch is set in the same city in 1976, and features a twelve-year old boy as he transverses the often painfully crooked and potholed roads to first love.
I haven't been back to visit in many years but I do miss the smell of the mud and seaweed stewing around the locks during a hot summer.
When did you first start writing?
I only started writing three years ago. I always had a book inside me, busting to get out, but I lacked the planning knowledge. In the end I pantsed the entire thing, gave it to my editor and ran for the hills. Since then I've rewritten it three times and will probably do so again, nothing is ever perfect, is it?
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently writing two books. Firstly; I'm 50,000 words into the forth instalment of the Assassin series, Dragonblade. After telling Alara's story in book one and them following them up by writing both Lucinda's and Alex's stories, I want to explore Alara's relationship with my favourite character, Bastian Millhaven. Will they or won't they? One thing is for sure, there will be blood and blades!
Secondly; I'm 35,000 words into James Fishers - The In-between daze. The year is 1989 and James is taking a sabbatical from college. He's back home and having fun exploring a new relationship when hurricane Daisy blows back across the sky of his life, and the leaves nothing but carnage in her wake. James is left with a pint-sized problem to solve.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Firstly; the Political makeup of my country makes it difficult to find a publisher. Secondly; my work is written for the European and American market and finding a publisher while writing from abroad is impossible. I think many great writers are overlooked by publishing houses purely based on the fact that the author can not physically knock on their door.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Handing the finished article back to my editor for the last time!
What are you working on next?
Next...I have a horror story I have been keeping on the back burner for sometime now. Something completely different. No spoilers here!
Who are your favorite authors?
Depends on what I'm reading. Right know I'm re-reading, Legend, so David Gemmell is most certainly in the top ten. Piers Anthony, Julian May, Terry Pratchett (obviously), some newer writers would be , Lindsay Buroker and Robert J Crane. So many more...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most of my best ideas collide inside my mind during that time when you are not quite awake and not exactly asleep. When that happens I don't get up until every idea has been explored. Any other day, knowing Jacqui is waiting down stairs with a steaming cup of tea inspires the hell out of me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I train previously disadvantaged individuals how to work in a casino. I teach them how to deal American Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. I also train management learnerships and gaming learnerships. It's means many days away from home, staying in hotels get's really old hat after a while and I miss being at home with Jacqui and the dogs, but the bills need paying.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm lucky enough to share my kindle account with my wife, who is a prolific reader and an amazing editor.
Published 2017-11-05.
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A Red Mist: Assassin Series #2
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The Killing Grounds
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