Simon Packham - Author

About the Author

A Q&A with Simon..

What inspires your writing?  A need to try and make some sense of the world. My  children.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?  Seeing my first review in The Observer (totally unexpected – and good by the way), and having my work translated into other languages.

How did you first become an author?  I’d taken a break from acting to be a ‘househusband’ and look after our two small children. I’d always written since I was about 9 years old (plays to begin with), but it really helped me stay sane amidst all the nappy changing. My first adult novel The Opposite Bastard (about an out of work actor who is forced to become carer for a teenage quadriplegic at Oxford University) was published by Macmillan New Writing. I started writing for a younger audience in an effort to entertain my son (then about 12 now 18). I hoped I could interest him in something that didn’t involve teenage spies or wizards.

What are you reading right now?  Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and before that Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.

What was your earliest career aspiration?  I always wanted to be an actor, and that’s what I did for the first twenty years of my working life. Specialising in small, but mainly insignificant characters in West-End shows, I still had a great time and got to work with
some amazing people. (Dame Judi Dench, Omar Sharif, Frank Finlay, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Ann Aston off the Golden Shot etc...)

What advice would you give to budding writers?  Don’t let your inner critic put you off before you’ve even started. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – it’s all in the way you tackle it.

What was your favourite childhood book?  I loved William books by Richmal Crompton and Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking.

Where is your favourite place to write?  I used to write in the bedroom, but then we had a loft conversion so now I’ve got my own room. I still can’t decide if I’m more productive when I face the window.

How do you read- print, digitally or both?  I’ve got a Kindle, which I find brilliant for editing my own work and reading non-fiction, but I still prefer reading novels in the old fashioned way.

Who do you most admire?  Peter Tatchell – teachers in state schools.

Are there any books you wish you had written?  American Pyscho (Bret Easton Ellis) and Vile Bodies (Evelyn Waugh)

Featured books by Simon Packham

Other books by Simon Packham

Only We Know

Only We Know

Author: Simon Packham Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

What is the secret of Lauren's past? Lauren's family have moved house very suddenly, and she and her sister Tilda have to go to a new school. Lauren's determined to reinvent herself, but she's panic-stricken when she sees Harry, who she knew a few years ago. Luckily Harry doesn't recognise her, and she knows she has to make sure it stays like that. Lauren, unlike Tilda, settles in well. She makes friends, is helping to organise the school fashion show, and has boys asking her out. But just as her life finally seems to be looking up she starts receiving macabre packages. When she gets a message: 'Isn't it time your new friends knew all about you?' she has to admit that someone knows her secret. But who - and what should she do?

Silenced

Silenced

Author: Simon Packham Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2012

'At first I thought there were technical problems - something wrong with the sound system - because when I opened my mouth I couldn't hear a thing. But it was more serious than that . . . I was completely dumb.' Chris loses the power of speech completely when his best friend dies in a car crash. Why? What terrible secret is he hiding? And can he find his voice before it's too late? Thought-provoking and original, this is a powerful thriller by a talented author.

The Bex Factor

The Bex Factor

Author: Simon Packham Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

When Bex auditions for The Tingle Factor, she asks her geeky but musical classmate, Matt, to accompany her, hoping he'll lift her performance. Then Matt gets selected - not Bex! Matt doesn't want to take part - he has no interest in The Tingle Factor and, more importantly, he's the main carer for his disabled mother and there's no way his eight-year-old sister can manage alone. But eventually Bex persuades him by offering to help out. While Matt gets more and more absorbed by The Tingle Factor, Bex is left to cope with Matt's sweet, affection-starved sister and his angry mother.

comin 2 gt u

comin 2 gt u

Author: Simon Packham Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Sam Tennant has been brutally murdered in an online computer game. What's worse, it looks like his killers are out to get him in real life too.

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