Interview with Simon LewisOctober, 2009
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?
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?
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
SL: being drunk and in love
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
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?
SS: What’s your best quality?
SL: quick feet
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
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?
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?
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
SL: Graham Greene James M Cain Elmore Leonard Jane Austen Evelyn Waugh Kingsley Amis
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
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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