Briefly Graeme Simsion is:
A writer of screenplays, short stories, novels and a couple of short plays
An occasional producer of films – primarily those for which I was screenwriter
Formerly an IT specialist (data modeling) and founder of a business and IT consultancy
Helped establish two other businesses: Roy’s Antiques and Pinot Now
Husband of Professor Anne Buist, psychiatrist and novelist, and father of two.
Resident of Fitzroy (Melbourne) Australia
A fragmented cv… Beyond the Duck
If you’ve found yourself here because you’re writing an article about one of my books, or perhaps something else I’ve done, and would like to know a bit more about me, then thank you. If you’re just curious, thanks for your interest!
Yes, it’s true that I once gave a conference presentation dressed as a duck. And for good reason, really (I wanted to attract people to a dry topic). But it was a long time ago. And it’s become the most commonly cited “interesting fact” about me.
So, in the hope that I may eventually be remembered for something other than the duck story, here are a few other things I’ve done…
Wrote, produced and acted in a feature film – Voluntary Act – and packed the Kino Theatre for its first and only showing. It was deservedly buried after that, but was the spark that got me interested in a writing career.
Asked Peter Sarstedt to record a special version of Where do you go to My Lovely for my partner, replacing the bit about being in between twenty and thirty… (Which he graciously did – thank you) [This is the ‘romantic’ credential)
Led a packed hall of chartered accountants in community singing – with feeling. (The duck story had set expectations).
Walked the Chemin de St Jacques / Camino de Santiago / Way of St James 2,000 km from Tramayes, France to Santiago de Compostela with my wife, taking the Northern route and the Camino Primitivo. Life changing. Did it again in 2016 taking Camino Frances in Spain this time. Inspired our novel TWO STEPS FORWARD.
Drunk 99 year old champagne from the wreck of the Jonkoping. (Celebrating my friend Roy the Antique Dealer’s 50th). I like wine quite a lot and helped start a small wine business with a friend, but that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Edited three novels and three novellas of erotic female fiction including MFM paranormal. (They were written by my wife, writing under the name Simone Sinna, and published by Siren Bookstrand)
Driven a 1962 Kombi around Australia. A long time ago. But I’ve travelled quite a bit, a lot of it doing seminars on consulting skills and data modeling. It’s nice on book tours (especially the tough ones in the USA) to be able to catch up with old friends from that previous life.
Failed my Feature Film subject (the first time) at RMIT. “DNS: Did not submit.” The reference is to the project, not my attitude, but…
Did a PhD after I sold my business – feel free to address me as Doctor. Or not. Still less qualified than partner WHO IS A CHRONIC OVERACHIEVER.
Built a consulting business – Simsion Bowles & Associates – to some 70 staff in three cities – sold in 1999. A big chunk of my life – my ‘day job’ before I began writing. Ultimately successful but a lot of bumps along the way.
Career highlight: facilitating at the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s (much maligned and satirised) Australia 2020 Summit. I’m ultimately an optimist.
Played harmonica with a band, publicly. Once or twice. (Thanks serious musicians including Data Modelling co-author Graham Witt, for seeing me through).
Wrote and produced Charles (“Bud”) Tingwell’s last film – a short titled The Last Bottle with Genevieve Picot that has appeared on ABC TV.
Ran Canberra marathon at an age when I should have known better, with almost fatal results. Wrote a short story about it. You can read it here.
Got my amateur radio licence at 15, in keeping with the type of kid I was at the time. (Not entirely dissimilar to the young Don Tillman but without the martial arts)
Born in New Zealand. Father British. Naturalised Australian. Accent is occasionally spotted.
Written one of the most popular books (possibly the most popular) on data modelling. Data Modeling Essentials, 3rd Edition with Graham Witt – Morgan Kaufmann.
Written one of the least popular books (but deep and rigorous) on data modelling. Thanks to Technics (Steve Hoberman) for publishing.
Held an o-1 Visa for USA – Alien of Extraordinary Abilities. As held by Don Tillman. Not as an author – a data modeller.
Nerd fact: My (Kevin) Bacon number is 4 – Self – Dominique Simsion (Voluntary Act) – Beth Child (Push Up) – Meryl Streep (Evil Angels) – Kevin Bacon (The River Wild)
My Erdos number is 4: Self – Daniel Moody – Amotz Bar-noy – Nathan Linial – Paul Erdos …. (What I need is a bit part in The Rosie Project or The Best of Adam Sharp).
… which gives me the (rare) Erdos-Bacon number of 8. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have 6s. Partner also 8. Of course.