I’m Darren Simpson and I write vivid, unruly fiction for older children and teens. I’m also a Literacy Champion for Read On Nottingham, and love visiting schools to nurture passion for reading and writing.
My debut novel, Scavengers, was a Guardian Best Book of the Year, and was selected for the Summer Reading Challenge and shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Book Award. The Memory Thieves was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and was a World Book Day Summer Read. My latest book, Furthermoor, was Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Month and a Waterstones best book for teens and young 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 and 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 buy my books from bookshop.org as well as the usual places, online and off. You can also find me on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.
Thanks for popping by.