Also by this author: Something from the Nightside, The Man with the Golden Torc, Tales of the Hidden World
Please give a huge welcome to author Simon R. Green! We’re so excited to share with you today an interview with him.
Simon R. Green is a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his Deathstalker, Nightside, and Secret Histories series. According to Goodreads, he was written 168 distinct works. His most recent novel, Dr. DOA (Secret Histories #10) was released on June 7th, 2016.
- Please tell me a little about your journey to becoming a published author.
I started writing when I was a student in London. Made my first professional sale in 1979, to Andy Offutt’s Swords Against Darkness Vol 5. I sold a handful of stories over the next few years, but that was all. When I was thirty I was laid off from my job, and was unemployed for three and a half years. I decided that if I was ever going to take writing seriously, this was the time, and during that three and half years I wrote seven novels. All of which were rejected. Often repeatedly. I finally got a job, at Bilbo’s Bookshop in Bath. I started work on the Monday, and on Wednesday I got a letter from Ace books saying they wanted to buy the book I’d sent them. And they liked the book so much, when I be willing to write five more books featuring the same characters. That was my start. My agent Joshua Bilmes of Jabberwocky then sold most of the other books I’d written. I also wrote the novelisation for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves; which was my first New York Times best-seller. Since then I’ve had success with my Hawk and Fisher books, (beat cops in a fantasy universe,) Deathstalker books, (space opera), Nightside, (private eye who operates in the Twilight Zone,) Secret Histories, (Shaman Bond the very secret agent,) Ghost Finders, (modern day ghost stories,) and my Ishmael Jones mysteries, (Agatha Christie style murder mysteries with weird elements.) And my first film, Judas Ghost, is now out on dvd.
- Who is your favorite character to write and why?
It’s always who I’m working on at the moment. But I do have a special fondness for Hawk and Fisher, just because they were first.
- What is your opinion about how much romance should be included in an urban fantasy novel?
I’ve always preferred to work with paired male and female characters, so love and romance is always a part, whether it drives the plot or not.
- What do you think distinguishes urban fantasy from horror?
Urban fantasy gives you a bigger range. The purpose of any horror story is to horrify. The purpose of fantasy can include horror, humour, wonder and serious oddness.
- What do you have planned for the rest of 2016?
I’m writing two more Ishmael Jones mysteries, and then I’m writing my first cross-over novel, where the cast of the Nightside meets the cast of the Secret Histories, in Night Fall. They’re really not going to get on.
- What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of worldbuilding?
Taking the time to get it right. The devil really is in the details.
- If you had to give aspiring authors one piece of advice, what would it be?
Write. Write every day. You’ve got to keep pounding away, putting the words on paper. It never gets any easier, but the imagination is like a muscle. The harder you work it, the more it can do.
- Have you always had a wild imagination? Can you give an example from your childhood?
According to most of my school reports, I was always dreaming instead of concentrating. But luckily I’ve found a way to make that work for me.
Thank you so much, Simon, for taking the time to answer my questions!
The Secret Histories series
by Simon R. Green