This is a newsletter for people who like to know how stories are made.

I write science fiction and fantasy and share as much as I can about the process. Every week I publish a short story (or a multi-part short story) from my anthology novel Tales from the Triverse. A bit like how Charles Dickens used to do it.

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What is Tales from the Triverse?

I’ve been writing serialised online fiction for over seven years. My current project is an anthology series of science fiction detective short stories. So far it’s been about immigration, people trafficking, racism and abuse of power. Also dragons, shape-shifters and robots. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My work tends to be optimistic, empathetic and progressive in its themes.

My previous books

No Adults Allowed is an optimistic, post-apocalypse mixture of Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, but with a central thesis being that young people are amazing. You can get this one as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.

The Mechanical Crown is my epic fantasy adventure, packed full of airships, swords, battles and politics. It’s big and exciting and I’m very proud of it.

A Day of Faces was my debut and is a YA coming-of-age story about a snake girl and her shape-shifting friend who accidentally wind up changing the world. It’s hard to explain. You should probably just read it.

Who is Simon K Jones anyway?

I’m a writer based in Norwich, England.

Just so that you know what you’re getting into, this is me:

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My debut novel A Day of Faces was serialised in 2015 and 2016, winning a Watty Award in 2016 and hitting over 179,000 reads online. It’s about youth, revolution and shape-shifting animal people. I completed a 3-year, serialised, weekly run on my follow-up book The Mechanical Crown in 2019 and was selected by Wattpad for their Star programme. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic I serialised the YA novel No Adults Allowed, a post-apocalyptic alternative to Lord of the Flies which turned out to be more timely than expected. I’m currently publishing weekly chapters of my anthology series, Tales from the Triverse, which is a mash-up of a police procedural, science fiction and fantasy.

You might have heard me on The Writing Life podcast which I produced for several years. I’ve spoken about serialisation at Primadonna Festival and for the National Centre for Writing. I’ve also taught for the BBC, FutureLearn, LinkedIn Learning, Access Creative and the Africa Game Developers Community. These days I work at One Further helping cultural organisations do exciting digital things.


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Simon K Jones
Father, husband, writer. Writes serial science fiction & fantasy stories. Watty Award winner. Digital Marketing Manager at OneFurther. European.