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SIMON GILMORE


from acting Simon had a brief stint as a drummer, playing with artists such as Elkie Brooks and Noel Redding in the 1970s, before being disillusioned by the music industry. He still plays drums now and recently gigged in Kingswear. Simon has been working on ‘Mr


Hawkins’ for ten years, alongside running his yacht charter business, Deep Blue International, in the Mediterranean and Caribbean from his Dartmouth home. He started the charter business in 1998 after moving away from corporate life. He said, ‘Before that I spent too much time flying around Europe attending board meetings and thought what the hell am I doing with my life? Seven years ago I moved to Dartmouth to live here permanently and have never, ever looked back. This town is the best place on earth to live.’ He completed ‘Mr Hawkins’ in


an apartment in Athens. He said: ‘I spent hours and hours with my laptop in the Greek islands conjuring


up ideas for the chapters. There is quite a significant Greek theme in ‘Mr Hawkins’ as I did a lot of research into ancient Greece and also ancient Egypt’ now that his first book is


published Simon is planning the next one. He writes upstairs in his


Dartmouth home study and on the balcony where he first met ‘Mr Hawkins’.


Simon is very structured with


his writing. ‘Every day I set myself a task – where the story’s going to go next – and I write until I get to that point. It’s probably not the right way but it works for me. When I’m busy skippering on the yachts in Greece I write notes and when I’m back in Dartmouth during the winter months I write loads. ‘I like everything just so. I have an


orderly mind and the minute ideas start getting out of order I need to write them down. I create an idea for a story and structurally put it together – with a beginning, lots of


middle and a wow ending. ‘I have read up on other writers and know the only way to write a story with a plot is to keep the pace up, keep it exciting and write it as though you’re the reader. With ‘Mr Hawkins’ I wanted the story to go from ground level and take off right from the beginning.’ Simon is determined that his next book is going to take no longer than 12 months to write and plans to treat it more like a nine to five job. This next book is set to be an adult thriller, based on espionage, and no doubt encompassing some of the amazing stories his father has told him. If ‘Mr Hawkins’ is anything to go by it will be well worth looking out for. The Adventures of Mr Hawkins


“The Golden Secret’ is out now and available from www.ypdbooks.com and The Dartmouth Community Book shop. Soon the book will also be available from the usual retailers at Amazon, Waterstones, W H Smith etc.• interview by Kate Cotton


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