Simon Mitchell

Ever since I started reading books, I have wanted to write them. I still have a copy of one of my first stories – a 60-word epic called The Monster Peacock – that I wrote when I was 6 years old, and I still rate it as one of the best tales about mutant groundfowl out there today.

My interest in writing continued throughout my childhood in Canberra, but diminished slightly during my teenage years when the carefree creativity of primary school was replaced by something far less inspiring – those dreaded High School Essays.

The dot-com boom was just hitting its peak when I finished school, so I studied Software Engineering at university and spent 5 years working as a computer programmer before I reconnected with the sweet joy of writing in a language that consists of more than just 1’s and 0’s.

In 2007, I turned my back on the world of IT and enrolled in a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, where I wrote the first drafts of what would eventually become The Baked Bean Bandit and Louie the Pirate Chef.

In 2008 I was selected as a recipient of a May Gibbs Literature Trust mentorship, and in 2010 I was awarded an ArtStart grant by the Australia Council.

Some of my all-time favourite children’s authors are Roald Dahl, Raymond Briggs and Paul Jennings. Like them, I try to write stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my wife and far too many Apple computer products.

Things you might not know about me:

  • When I was growing up, I had a pet axolotl called Jaws.
  • I was once an extra in a Bollywood movie called Shakalaka Boom Boom. The film received very poor reviews, which I hope had nothing to do with my performance.
  • I like making my own ice cream. Some of my more adventurous flavours include carrot cake, lavender and wasabi (not all together, of course!).