Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part One

At this time of year, many people in the northern hemisphere notice that its getting a little colder each day and it gets darker much earlier, especially after we alter the clocks for daylight saving time. Many of us develop cabin fever and grow sluggish during the winter months and may eat more or sleep longer when daylight is in short supply and the temperature begins to fall. It may be harder to get... read more

Great review of Flashback in Opal Magazine

Check out this great review of Flashback in the October 2018 issue of Opal Magazine. Flashback is a fascinating Young Adult book that pushes the boundaries of imagination: the Grail for every science fiction and fantasy reader. Shortly after its publication, Simon Rose’s Flashback was nominated for the 2016 Alberta Publishers’ Award in Young Adult. This book intertwines cold case and active murder case... read more

Interview in Opal Magazine

Check out the great interview in the October issue of Opal Magazine. In the interview I talk about the Flashback trilogy, including Flashback, Twisted Fate and Parallel Destiny, upcoming projects, the writing process and more. Opal Magazine published by Opal Publishing. Opal is a monthly digital magazine published 12 times a year. The magazine features local authors, interviews, fiction, poetry and... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Social Media Writer’s Guide

  “The internet can be a powerful promotional tool and, following Simon’s suggestions and guidelines, a professional copywriter can certainly improve his/her skills. A good resource.”   Chapter One: People don’t read web copy These days, any organization that wants to either do business, or stay in business, has to have an online presence. A website is crucial if a company’s... read more

What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for Future Imperfect

Future Imperfect is an exciting adventure featuring technology, teenage geniuses, corporate espionage, and mysterious messages. Most kids these days are very familiar with laptops, tablets, and video games, and don’t go anywhere without their cell phones, so the technology and gadgets that feature in the story make the novel very appealing for young readers. It’s also a very compelling adventure story,... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Working Writer’s Guide

“A great resource for beginning and established writers.”   Introduction Misconceptions are common regarding published authors. People think either that all authors earn millions or that it’s impossible to make a living as a writer. While some writers are financially successful with their e-books, success stories are rare, at least for now, and only a handful of authors make serious money... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Time Traveller’s Guide

“The Time Traveler’s Guide is a great resource for any writer wanting to improve their craft.”   Chapter One: What is time travel? Time travel is defined as taking place when there is movement between specific points in time. This is achieved in the same way that objects and living things move through space. In fiction, this kind of travel is made possible by the use of a time machine,... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from Where Do Ideas Come From?

  “The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.”   Introduction Many of my novels can be used as the basis for workshops and projects in the classroom. The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, and The Heretic’s Tomb are all time travel stories and can be used as the basis for workshops in which students create time machines and... read more

The Importance of Professional Editing

You’ve finished your first novel after years of painstaking work. You’re sure it could be a best seller and everyone you know is very enthusiastic. Yet your manuscript is returned by publishers, with a form letter providing no clues as to why they didn’t like it. Having your work independently evaluated gives you an unbiased opinion, helping you to tighten your manuscript and fix problems you may... read more

What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Children’s Writer’s Guide

  “This is by far the best book I have picked up to help me kick start my writing!” Chapter Four: Where Do Ideas Come From One of the most common questions asked of authors, whether from children during school visits or in interviews, is “Where do you get your ideas?” In so many ways, ideas are all around us – in newspapers, magazines, pictures, photographs, other books whether fiction... read more

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