Area(s) of expertise: novelist, storyteller, screenwriter
Summary of expertise:
British author Simon Rumney overcame dyslexia to write six books and fifteen screenplays. Simon was born in England, just 10 years after the end of World War II. It was a time when everyone older than himself had suffered nightly bombing raids and the unimaginable suffering of losing wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, and daughters and sons. Food rationing had only just ended and the majority of the population was still suffering with what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, at a time when no one felt comfortable talking about their feelings.
Unaware to the nation’s suffering, Simon spent the first five years of his life playing happily in the beautiful countryside that surrounded his home. Before going to school, he remembers walking in the fields and forests imagining naive poetry for the spontaneous pleasure of forming words in his mind. Unfortunately for Simon, an instinctive desire to write down his thoughts was crushed by his teachers’ seemingly obsessive need to humiliate children who struggled with the written word.
Simon’s tiny 1960’s English village school adhered rigidly to a curriculum based on the three ‘Rs’, and his inability to distinguish characters required for ‘Reading’, ‘wRiting’ and ‘aRithmetic’ (a play on words that went completely over Simon’s head for most of his life) made his teachers very angry.
After leaving school at 15, Simon worked as a farm hand, driver, cook, bartender, waiter, airport loader, builders labourer, and any other job that allowed him to hide, what he perceived to be, his ‘shameful weakness’, until he ‘stumbled’ into a job as a salesman.
Many unfulfilled years spent selling for companies like Xerox brought him to a financially successful career within the computer communications industry. But the constant stress of pretending to be someone he was not, both professionally and socially, led to serious depression and his inevitable mental breakdown.
During years of recovery, the origins of his low self-esteem had to be faced, fully explored, and truly understood. This confronting healing process, coupled with a lifetime of tumultuous relationships, a failed marriage, alcohol abuse and calamitous conflicts with extraordinary characters, is what he now calls upon when writing his stories.
From the age of five until his recovery, Simon made it his mission to seek out artful ways of avoiding the written word, too afraid even to write a love or business letter. But after being diagnosed with dyslexia, he learned to use something as mundane as ‘spell check’ to win a scholarship to The Film School in Seattle and a writing course at AFTRS Sydney.
Now unable to contain the urge to write, Simon has written six books and fifteen screenplays. His novels, “Another Self,” “Another Tribe,” and “Another War” cover three separate historical periods and form a series called “Our Eternal Curse.” Now, just as he could as a young child, he can sense many, many more characters and stories to come. Today, Simon lives, travels and writes in Australia in his comfortably appointed RV. Learn more at: http://simonrumney.onlinepresskit247.com
Blog/Web site: http://simonrumney.onlinepresskit247.com
Simon has written six books and fifteen screenplays. His novels, “Another Self,” “Another Tribe,” and “Another War” cover three separate historical periods and form a series called “Our Eternal Curse.”
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