I’m Darren Simpson, and I write vivid, unruly fiction for children.
My debut novel Scavengers was a Guardian Best Book of 2019, and was selected for 2019’s national Summer Reading Challenge. I also provided the story for The Dust on the Moth, a crowdfunded multimedia novel for adults.
Why do I write?
Writing is the most fun you can have alone without a spoon and a bowl of cake mix. It allows you not only to escape from things, but also to confront them in unusual ways. Real life is great, but it can also be a confusing, occasionally daunting thing. I spend most of my time bewildered and scratching my head, and when I write I get to relax and take control – until my characters start doing their own thing, at least, but that’s all part of the fun.
In particular, I love using otherworldly settings and unconventional characters to explore bravery, self-discovery, and the endless quirks that make up our real lives.
Thanks for popping by.