Interview with Simon Van Der Velde
Author of Backstories
Today I welcome Bestselling author – Simon Van Der Velde, whose new book, is Backstories for a Q&A session. It is already becoming a success story in itself for this debut short-story teller with his book rapidly reaching Amazon no 1 bestseller – for lit shorts new releases. The book is available now.
What a priveledge to be able to interview him.
Backstories is a highly original collection of 14 intimate short stories about famous and infamous people who you may know. These tell their stories, fictionalised, but with enough fact so you, the reader, can guess who the narrator is. I rated it 5 stars and was hooked into each story from beginning to end.
You can find out more Here First, check out what he has to say in his interview/Q&A session with me as we talk about Backstories, Writing, Desert Island Books and Music and Emerging From Lockdown. You can also find buy and social media links and the charities this book supports at the end.
What or who inspired you to write short stories and do you have a particular routine to your writing day?
There were always books in our house, so I guess writing is an ambition that goes right back to childhood. I do love novels too, but sometimes I feel there’s greater power and truth in the shorter form.
The best ideas come in that fuzzy place between wake and sleep. Ideally, I roll out of bed and start writing – often in my ‘office kimono’, with those ideas still fresh in my mind.
You are clearly fascinated in the human soul and bearing all, what inspired you to delve into the deeper and sometimes darker corners of life to create your characters?
I’m not much use at parties. I find the superficial boring. Give me the truth every time.
You have a particular writing style and don’t let on too easily who the narrator is of each of the stories. Was there a particular reason or inspiration for this?
The longer I write, the more I see that a story is a collaboration between reader and writer. Readers aren’t interested in writers showing off how clever they are, readers want to be engaged – to be an active part of the process, and in Backstories they absolutely are. Let’s call it an interactive reading experience.
What was your favourite short story in this collection to write and why?
I love the Guitar which was the inspiration for the collection – and Past Time and Jive Talkin – but in the end I think All Over Now is my favourite, probably because it was hell to write and rewrite and throw away and start again over and over and over, but in the end I really feel I did the character justice – and at is what I aim to do – to do justice to these great men and women – and give a human insight into the bad guys too.
In couple of sentences, how would you describe your book?
Let’s call it an interactive reading experience – or as someone said – the thinking person’s masked singer. Certainly, I’d say it’s the most original book of the year.
What are your top 3 Desert Island books and music?
Waiting for the Barbarians, The Heart of The Matter –
and for music – Springsteen’s Thunder Road
gets me every time
What is your next writing venture?
Backstories II, Backstories Musicians, Backstories Leaders.
And last question, because let’s face it, it’s hard to avoid…. What is the main thing you are looking forward to getting back to, when it is safe to do so?
A few glasses of decent whisky with friends
Thank you very much to Simon Van Der Velde for giving me the opportunity to interview. It was a pleasure having you on my blog.
Buy and Social Media Links
This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.