I was recently asked by a reader to interview a screenwriter or playwright rather than just authors of novels. It was coincidental that as I was asked this question, I was in discussion with Simon David Eden who is an author, playwright, screenwriter, artist and lyricist. Is there anything this gentleman cannot do?!
Although this may appear to be longer than most interviews that I have written here, I am hoping that you all read it fully and find this interview interesting and inspiring.
I wanted to be a writer from a very early age. At a Waterstone’s book signing recently (for my debut novel ANIMALIAN), I was asked a question by a 12yr old girl: when did I first start writing? I was actually around 12 years old myself. I grew up on a council estate in Brighton, we were quite poor and had little spare money for comics and books. There was however a wonderful shop called the ‘Comic Exchange’ where you could swap 2 used comics for 1 new ‘used’ comic. I had a friend who swapped a couple of comics for a first edition Spiderman and kindly let me borrow it. Imagine! All the movies and franchises to come! In those days we didn’t even know what it was. I was amazed and didn’t want to give it back, though I knew I had to. So what I did was draw a frame by frame copy of it so that I could keep it. My imagination was so fired up by Stan Lee’s world that I then borrowed his main character and wrote my own Spiderman story, this was before I knew about copyright issues of course! I invented a villain – Dr Mystery, and Dr Mystery was able to morph into the X-Men. (more…)