How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I loved writing stories when I was little and of course, loved to read, but as I grew older I wrote less and less, only occasionally keeping a journal. In my early twenties I moved to England on a two year working holiday visa and it was the fortnightly emails that I sent to friends and family that piqued my interest in writing again.
When I (eventually) moved back to Australia I began writing seriously, trying my hand at everything from short stories, flash fiction and poetry in an effort to find my voice as a writer.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I see flash fiction as the perfect ‘workout’ for a writer. Writing a story that engages the reader in such a short amount of time and words is an incredible challenge, and I personally feel that any writer should not attempt any longer forms of writing without first mastering the shorter forms.
Describe your writing process.
I have a love of typewriters and own four of them, so everything that I write is written on one of them first before I proof read and make any changes to the text by hand. I’ll then re-type the second draft on the typewriter and then finally type a third draft on my laptop.
I like to listen to music while I write, instrumental jazz or classical, and due to the music and how much noise the typewriter makes, I generally write during the day so I do not disturb my neighbours.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
In ‘The Docks’ I wanted to write a small piece of fiction containing only dialogue and see if I could still tell a story. I love old mafia/gangster films and just felt like toying with a scenario that could’ve taken place in one of those worlds.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel about the eighteen months I spent working in pubs around London, as well a book of poems about my life here in Paris and also writing flash fiction for my blog at:thetypewriteraddiction.wordpress.com. You can also follow me at Twitter (@typewaddiction) and Instagram (thetypewriteraddiction).
Read Simon’s story: The Docks