Interview with Simon Woodington

Published 2019-08-28.
When did you first start writing?
I first wrote in high school during halloween for which I dressed up as a journalist. For weeks after I filled the small notepad with words, front and back of every single page. I've been throwing words into notebooks and screens ever since. Studying real dialogue, watching classic British drama, imitating my favorite writers and figuring out just how to state the absolute. Not as I see it; as it is.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of watching a complete character in motion, surprising and second guessing you. When Aaran, Buddy or Masurani throws my best laid plans to the wind I know I'm a good place. I am a firm believer in the life of a character who may only stand for a few moments in front of your lens. Everything else is hard: Characters are awesome.
Who influence(s) your writing style?
Who do I most admire? Hastily I point to Harlan Ellison, but he's such a crass old barnacle. He'd easily admit that and bold honesty is one of those desirable qualities I esteem. Steven King taught me to say the worst out loud, to write when I thought something was terrible. That the gruesome is not unworthy of understanding. To write with hope is to accept that evil is a force we constantly contend with. Anne McCaffery also inspired my passion for strong female leads; though I am close to the matter from life experience. Roger Zelazny's combat banter is my favorite variety, and from him came a respect for knowing your moves, even if you never had any hope of performing them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love for God, myself and my family, in that exact order.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write critiques of games I wish others to play, play games with family, read and basically keep moving.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, I still think it's pretty good. I like my work more often than I regret/loathe/question it, and I know that attitude encourages me to value what I was trying to accomplish. Still working on it. Nothing in the past should be discarded; instead, understood.
What is your writing process?
I've heard that others draft until they're nearly sick of it. I don't want to be sick of my own work. I love the characters, and I believe the time spent with them should be welcoming in every sense. I ponder and plan. I research when I need to, talk to people more knowledgeable than myself and never stop learning. I trust my message, I trust my characters and what they're saying. I don't plan every chapter, but I know what I'm exploring.

Then I go back over what I've written and flesh out what I've missed. I recite dialogue in my head and listen for additional information. I make sure I know who's talking. I check if my influences are skewing my narrative. I watch television that contributes to what I'm projecting. Then I reread again. Then I write some more. Ad nauseam. It's amazing I ever complete anything.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually some research, a few sketches and my favorite vector program: Inkscape. I've been at this long enough I know what I'm after.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A personal experiment to see if people wanted to read my books. Apparently they do.
What do you read for pleasure?
This is varied over the years, but presently my interest is in history, particularly politics.
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Books by This Author

Starlit Ruins
Price: Free! Words: 166,220. Language: British English. Published: March 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
What if Sailor Moon were sent to the war torn, magic rich Earth of Palladium's Rifts? What if a new player replaced Beryl with brutal new tactics? What if a new team of young heroes filled the gap left by the Sailor Senshi on Earth? Can a rag-tag group of magically gifted individuals protect Japan? What will it take to defeat the new, more visceral approach of the Negaforce?
Doctor Whooves: A Thief at the Gala
Price: Free! Words: 27,240. Language: American English. Published: November 24, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A mysterious crown claiming scrolls, a monster with a taste for ponies! How will Doctor Whooves and Forelock Holmes unearth the truth behind the threat? What is Vallade's real target and why is he so fascinated with Ditzy Do?