Interview with Simon Lewis

October, 2009
Simon Lewis

What Readers want to know...

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

SL: getting this far

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

SL: Doctor Manhattan

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

SL: eyes

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

SL: James Bond

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

SL: The Daleks

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

SL: Shakespeare, what's your secret?

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

SL: litter

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

SL: scratching

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

SL: being drunk and in love

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

SL: failure

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

SL: Munsiyari, a little village in the Himalayas

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

SL: Christopher Marlowe

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

SL: JG Ballard

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

SL: abruptly, gingerly, definitely, cool

SS: What do you regret most?

SL: the incessant procrastination

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

SL: astral projection

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

SL: modesty

SS: What’s your best quality?

SL: quick feet

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

SL: ninja

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

SL: sincerity, humour, kindness

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

SL: pancakes

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

SL: Joy Divison, Love Will Tear Us Apart; Happy Mondays, Step On; Nirvana, Come as you are; REM, Orange Crush; Carter USM, 24 Minutes from Tulse Hill

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

SL: Lucky Jim, Kinglsey Amis Cold Caller, Jason Starr Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Double Indemnity, James M Cain Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

SL: Money by Martin Amis

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

SL: rewrite a lot, and cut the first fifty pages.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

SL: pacey

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

SL: Graham Greene James M Cain Elmore Leonard Jane Austen Evelyn Waugh Kingsley Amis

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

SL: procrastination, china, taiji, football, brixton, caffeine, art, faffing

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

SL: give it seventy percent

General Questions

SS: What were your previous occupations?

SL: barman, shelf stacker, barrsita, life model, travel writer,sandwich deliverer, English teacher

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

SL: sandwich deliverer

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

SL: I did fine art at Goldsmiths in London

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

SL: Happy Mondays

SS: What is your favorite movie?

SL: Double Indemnity

SS: What is your favorite television show?

SL: Monty Python's Flying Circus

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