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  • Simon Smith, like his protagonists, is an interesting character. He is both a right-brained real estate attorney and a left-brained musician and creative writer. His writing is conversational, with undertones of clever double meanings and inside jokes only he will chuckle about.
    Judy Tacyn
    Simon Smith, like his protagonists, is an interesting character. He is both a right-brained real estate attorney and a left-brained musician and creative writer. His writing is conversational, with undertones of clever double meanings and inside jokes only he will chuckle about.
  • Simon Smith’s first e-book, “Bubbles Always Burst,” chronicled “the growing distortion of the American dream” during the 2000s.
    Simon Smith’s first e-book, “Bubbles Always Burst,” chronicled “the growing distortion of the American dream” during the 2000s.
  • For “Stealing Office Supplies,” Simon Smith tapped into most people’s experience with a bad boss, an unfulfilled profession, and ultimately, contentedness in one’s life.
    For “Stealing Office Supplies,” Simon Smith tapped into most people’s experience with a bad boss, an unfulfilled profession, and ultimately, contentedness in one’s life.

Simon Smith Pens Novel Of Smart And Sweet Revenge

Judy Tacyn
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August 10, 2017

Round Bay resident Simon Smith recently released his second self-published book, “Stealing Office Supplies,” which is a delightfully entertaining read of brilliant revenge. His first e-novel, “Bubbles Always Burst, was released in February 2016.

Smith, like his protagonists, is an interesting character. He is both a right-brained real estate attorney and a left-brained musician and creative writer. His ideas for his writings come from real life. His writing is conversational, with undertones of clever double meanings and inside jokes only he will chuckle about.

“I am a huge fan of MAD Magazine,” admitted Smith. Using a similar style of capturing life in America with cagey prose and crackerjack wit, Smith doesn’t bore readers with his interpretations of situations; rather, he lets his characters’ emotions and quirks paint a vivid canvass.

As a real estate attorney, Smith used his experience to chronicle “the growing distortion of the American Dream” during the 2000s in “Bubbles Always Burst,” which is set in Annapolis’ affluent Murray Hill neighborhood.

“People wanted bigger, faster, better without a long-term plan,” said Smith, a self-described minimalist. “I saw this taking shape as an attorney and just knew that period in our financial history wasn’t going to end well for many people.”

Rather than simply document that period, Smith used “bits and pieces” of real-life stories he witnessed as a real estate expert and infused those highs and lows into his characters.

“I saw perfectly content and happy people jump into the mortgage broker frenzy,” said Smith. “The core of the book really makes us question ‘how much is plenty’ and [comes] to the realization that material wealth doesn’t guarantee happiness or validate self-worth.”

For “Stealing Office Supplies,” Smith tapped into most people’s experience with a bad boss, an unfulfilled profession, and ultimately, contentedness in one’s life.

The protagonist wasn’t thrilled with his current job, but he had what he thought was a happy home life. He also started to practice random acts of kindness, which quickly began to take root. And just as his generosity started to erase the drudgery of his professional life, the unthinkable happened.

Anyone can get revenge, but to do so with scintillating brilliance would take patience and a plan that would see the tormentor bring down himself.

For Smith, writing is a way to break from the cyclical periods of transaction-based real estate. He uses strangely truthful reality and weaves it into works of fiction.

As for his future novels, Smith said, “I always have thoughts running through my head, but I may consider writing something that parents can relate to. I’ve had many jobs, but my favorite one of all is being a dad. As any parent knows, children provide an infinite amount of material.”

Smith’s e-novels are available for all handheld reading devices – such as Nook, Kindle, iBook and others – from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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