Author website: https://www.kcsimos.com
1. When you were my age (11), did you like to read?
I confess that I did not like to read at 11. In fact, I did everything I could to avoid reading! We used to have to sign out 3 books every 2 weeks from the school library, and I would be as crafty as I could in selecting my 3 books, taking care to consider thinness of spine, quantity of illustrations, and size of font. Enid Blyton books were my only exception.
2. What is a book that made an impact on you?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone holds a special place in my heart, as it is the book that changed the way I felt about reading. I was fourteen, the fourth book had just made its way to Greece (where I grew up), and the first film was coming to cinemas soon. I needed to know what the fuss was all about, and it only took the first couple of chapters to hook me. I experienced how words were able to depict a world so vividly, and entice the reader in such a way as to have you desperate to get to the next page and yet dread it at the same time because it meant you would be one page closer to the end! I have since been on a constant search for such books.
3. Is it hard to come up with book ideas?
Not at all. Daydreaming is a favourite past-time of mine, and in my day dreams, I’m usually building a story piece by piece, or working out a scene. Eventually I reach a point where I know I’ve taken it as far as I can in my mind, and it’s now time to start writing.
4. Is there a new or lesser known author you think kids should be aware of?
For kids, I haven’t come across any new/lesser known authors just yet (anyone I can think of is pretty well-known!).
For young adults though, I recently read the trilogy Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green by German author Kerstin Gier. Gier isn’t new and has a large fanbase in Germany, however I don’t think she’s as well known in English-speaking countries as she ought to be; I only came across English translations of her books by chance, and I greatly enjoyed the series. I recommend checking out her books.
5. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Read and research anything you find fascinating.
Draw on your own experiences. I recommend keeping a diary, as it will help return you to different times in your life and remind you of what was on your mind in a way that photos and mementos can’t.
6. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?
Whether it’s a review, a request about an upcoming instalment, or a question or comment about a character or event, every message confirms that my work is really out there and someone has read it. That realisation causes a tiny jolt of satisfaction every time.
7. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?
The first book series I wrote is a YA fantasy trilogy called Ambrosia Chronicles. That one is definitely at the top of my list for a portal trip! I loved creating that world and building those characters. It would be quite an experience to encounter it all in reality!