About me

I’m Darren Simpson and I write vivid, unruly fiction for older children. I’m also a Literacy Champion for Read On Nottingham, and love visiting schools and encouraging passion for reading and writing.

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.

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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 lives.

If you’d like to know more, have a nosy around my website. You can also visit me at Amazon, Goodreads and Twitter.

Thanks for popping by.