Simon Kernick

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Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick has had a variety of jobs, including labourer in a road-building gang, fruit picker and a Christmas tree uprooter. After a fair bit of drifting and several years spent living and travelling in Canada, the USA and Australia, he did a degree in Humanities at Brighton Poly as it was then, and ended up working as a computer software salesman. He wrote two books in his spare time, and eventually had The Business of Dying published in 2002. The research for the books involves him talking both on and off the record (but usually off) with a number of contacts in the police and security services, including Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist branch, and SOCA (the Serious and Organized Crime Agency).


Interviewed 24 January 2015

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Fantastic, rewarding, ambitious, frustrating, tough, satisfying, stressful, lonely, mind-bending, inevitable.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Trees, lampshade, road, fallen leaves, a pure white sky, iPod player, PC, pack of chewing gum (half used), glass of water, coffee cup.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

King prawn and vegetable stir fry.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Terry Hayes (author of I Am Pilgrim), Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, JRR Tolkien, John F Kennedy.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family, books, phone, wok, red wine, sunshine.

Five favourite words ...

Pleasure, love, raucous, gander, howl.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Mindoro Island in the Philippines, Sardinia, South of France, Cayman Islands.

Three books you've bought recently ...

I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes), Don’t Look Back (Gregg Hurwitz), Natchez Burning (Greg Iles).

Two things that make you rant ...

Heavy traffic, crap reality TV shows.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t ever get too worried about anything. It’s not worth it, and virtually every worry you have never materialises anyway.