Simon Wood

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The New Year marks twenty years since my first published work, which was a short story in a science fiction magazine.  I thought I would mark this personal landmark moment with some stats:

  • More than 20 books published.
  • Had my work translated into 10 languages.
  • Almost 2 million books sold.
  • Published by 20 publishers.
  • Over 100 short stories and articles published. 
  • A USA TODAY and a BILD (in Germany) bestseller.
  • Anthony Award winner & a Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award nominee.
  • Mentioned by Den of Geek, Buzzfeed & Writer’s Digest.
  • Oddest publication: On the side of a coffee can.
  • Oddest book moment: The Queen talking to my dad about my books.
  • Proudest moment: Bouchercon Toastmaster.
  • Saddest moment: Too many to mention.

I never thought my writing would get me this far.  It’s rarely been an easy adventure, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  Not sure where the next 20yrs will take me.

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Call me “Mister November” because my piece on writing antiheroes is the feature article for the November issue of the UK magazine, THE WRITERS’ FORUM.  I’ve never had the cover story before so I’m quite chuffed that my piece inspired the issue’s cover art.  You can snag a copy from WH Smith’s in the UK and Barnes & Noble in the US.  Alternatively, you can order a copy from the publisher.

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I have a feature article in the latest issue of  WRITERS’ FORUM.  I’m the “Cut to the Chase” bit on writing suspense.  I’m quite pleased with this one as it’s my first piece the magazine.

 

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I’m going to be at this year’s Left Coast Crime convention held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!! This is my appearance schedule.

Bar Stories aka The Not So Secret Life of Authors
With David Corbett, Robin Burcell, David Schlosser, Tim Hallinan, Catriona McPherson and with me emceeing
Friday, March 29th, 6:15pm-7:00pm

Four Dyslexics & an Aphantasiac Talk Writing 
With Jamie Mason, Josh Stalling, Jay Stringer and me with Jacque Ben-Zekry moderating.
Saturday, March 30th, 5:15pm-6:00pm

If you’re coming, I do hope you’ll drop by and say hi.

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Connie Jasperson interviewed me about my plotting techniques after attending my writing workshop at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference.  You can read it here.

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I’m going to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference in September.  I’ll be presenting a workshop on plotting and outlining too.  I’ll be posting my itinerary when it’s finalized.  If you’re interested in attending, they’re taking signups now.

This conference might be part of a mini-tour of Washington State.  I’m trying to firm up some other events.

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