Simon Toyne - Writer's Routine #6

Bestselling thriller writer Simon Toyne explores his writing routine!

In 2007, bored in a job and dreaming of telling stories, Simon quit to finally get one down. Only, he didn't do things by halves. Simon moved his whole family across the channel for a French adventure with the idea that in 7 months, he would finish his first book.

The slight issue was... he had no idea what it would be about. Cue a stormy sea crossing, a last-minute hotel booking to get any sleep they could manage, the spindly spire of a cathedral, and an image of a story that he would dedicate the next year to writing.

His novel 'Sanctus' was the bestselling debut thriller of 2011, and has been translated into over 20 languages. It's the tale of an old religious order, a secret that could change the world, and a race against time to discover it.

Simon talks about how his writing style has changed over the years, how he analysed other books to make sure his sold well, and how he planned his new series 'Solomon Creed' in a completely different way.

Our Distinguished Diary today is the weird and wonderful writing routine of Charles Dickens, where we learn how one of the greatest authors in history energised his imagination.

And you've just tucked into your second pain au chocolat of the day, while someone is screaming Edith Piaf lyrics into your ears, although you're desperately trying to listen to the random, coffee-shop jazz that's slowly floating from the speakers in the corner.

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