My ambition to be a writer goes back to my school days, when, on those rare opportunities in English classes, I could be creative with writing my own stories. Once the English teachers had got passed their scepticism that I was the author of my own homework, I was occasionally singled out as someone who had talent. But the self-realisation I was capable of something more came from discovering the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. It legitimised my desire to write about my experience, about how I felt, the use of language, about how I had the right to say what I wanted, without being tied up by archaic rules of literature. By the age of nineteen I had written my first novel, only for all my work and ambition to come crashing down under the weight of naivety and class.
I committed to many different things after that, pursuing my creative needs through music, channelling my class consciousness in to revolutionary politics. But it was only after I had put myself through university that I began to acquire the discipline, the skills, the self-confidence to revisit my secretly held and cherished ambition. Again, it was other people who would prompt me (having read what should have been dry, bureaucratic reports), who rekindled the aspiration of returning to writing. I decided to take a more constructive approach and after a semester in creative writing course, I launched myself in to writing my first novel. Seven years later I have the product, I am proud to call myself an independent writer and I have at last found my voice.
Zombie Park - If the system is mad, absurd, then it probably needs changing. But in trying to change the system, it protects itself by labelling you as mad.
Simon Marlowe’s debut novel will appeal to readers who enjoy black comedy and political fiction.
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