Rotten Apple: Seven Deadly Stories From The City Of Sin 

Today I have the very talented Simon Dunn on my blog.  Simon is a scriptwriter and comedian in the UK. He has written for International Emmy Award-Winning comedy shows, and is currently developing drama ideas for British television.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

I had a month off between writing drama scripts for the TV people, and I hadn’t written any comedy for a while. So I sat down and wrote an entry for my blog. The premise was that it was a terrible bit of writing, but I was posting it because I felt it was the best thing I’d ever written.

It got some good feedback, and over the next few days, it evolved into a seven chapter short story. And then over the month is turned into a collection of interwoven short stories, all equally stupid.

What is your latest novel?

It’s the fruits of that endeavour, Rotten Apple: Seven Deadly Stories From The City Of Sin, and it’s absolutely stupid.

What’s your favourite part of writing a novel?

I’ll tell you once I’ve written one. Writing for the Kindle is quite a liberating experience compared to writing for the screen, which is a much more collaborative process of constructive compromise.

Are there any aspects of writing you struggle with?

Re-writing is a bit of a bane, though not nearly as much as it used to be. My biggest struggle is self-promotion, I feel like such a twunt when I do it.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Out of my brain, after hours of writing.

How long does it take to complete a novel?

I write fast, it’s the best way. As James Thurber said, “Don’t get it right, get it written.” A half-finished novel or script is utterly pointless. Only once it’s written can you go back and make it right.

How did you handle the rejection letters?

I cherished every single one. It meant I was sending out my work. If you’re not getting rejections, you’re not doing enough to get your work read. 

What’s your writing process? 

I’m a structure geek, as you need to be with screenwriting. I spend more time on structuring the story than anything else. Once that’s hammered out, the actual typing is a quick process.

I work at the same times every day, from midday to four, then six to ten, then midnight to two.    

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish?

Reading the Kindle adventures of Lee Goldberg.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?


What's next in the pipeline?  

A drama script for Company Pictures hopefully, and a follow-up collection of short stories for the Kindle.


What do you do when you’re not writing?

Consume as much as I can. I watch TV, live comedy, films, read books and surf the web. Everything gets absorbed and assimilated into my writing.

Do you write in just one genre?

No, I flit between TV drama, TV sitcoms, sketch writing, and Kindle writing.

Do you use Social Media for marketing your novels?

Yes. Facebook, Twitter and the Kindle Forums. 

Who are your writing influences?

Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, and anyone I have ever read, watched or enjoyed.

Describe your latest novel in fifteen words or fewer.


What are you reading at the moment?

I have three books on the go: Bob Monkhouse’s Crying With Laughter, Douglas Adams’ The Salmon of Doubt and Andrew Rawnsley’s The End Of The Party. 

Do you write full time? If not, how do you balance writing with another job?

Yes. Full time.

You Can buy Rotten Apple from:  

Amazon US    

Amazon UK

Or connect with Simon on his website

Many thanks for your time, Simon. I've learnt a new word today - twunt! Love it!

Sibel XX