About Sim

A novel is in the works. In the meantime … I’ve been writing while working at day jobs most of my life. Why? Because I love it! 
Some of my credits include Beach Music in the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazineLast Dance in Purdue U's Skylark Literary Journal. The Arab boy who took out his eye appeared under the title Double Vision in the South Bay Reader. The Good Men Project featured 7 Reasons Older Women Love Older Men in their online magazine, Doing Nothing appeared in Children. I was a regular monthly contributing writer to 805Living Magazine for several years while various pieces appeared in LA Family, Parents, and the Daily Breeze. For more see Out of Order.

While you’re here …

Can you do me a favor, if you like what you read can you let me know? I’ve disabled comments because … well you probably know why and it has nothing to do with what you like or don’t like about the writing I share here … if you could reach out on my Instagram @simcarterwriter I’d absolutely love it! 

About the work available to read here  

While you'll find mostly memoir, Sim also has those moments when she writes about what she wants to write about. It is her space, after all.

A mishmash of rants and raves, odes to Britain, love letters to France, reflections of living in Los Angeles, and the occasional film-centric piece ala this series of posts about working on That Thing You Do the film directed by Tom Hanks. Like the L.A. freeways, it’s a bit crowded and all over the place.

"I trace my love of reading back to my mum who used to take me on regular trips to the library where we'd depart with stacks and stacks of books—the maximum allowed— in our arms. You can find my pieces reflecting on my mother's life and demise due to Alzheimer's at Songs of My Mother."

Why am I here?

"Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this website. A book? I'm working on two. The memoir collection and a novel set in the world of advertising in the 1970s."

"People who don’t know me very well call me Sweet Sim. 
I don't know why. The alliterative appeal, probably. 
Or they imagine my vanilla exterior coats a similarly inoffensive inside. 
My family, my friends, my husband, can all assure you, I am not sweet. 
It’s not as though I'm an ax murderer or anything quite so evil. 
It’s just that like many of you, 
I have a checkered past littered with my fair share of mistakes."

I share some of those mistakes here in the Memoir section of the site hoping to sneak a few of these pieces into a book under the working title About a Boy. What do you think? Too derivative? 

Born in Britain in the '50s, my parents wandering ways meant our family of five—an older brother, a younger sister—spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey before arriving in North America in the early 1960s. Coming of age in Canada with the British Invasion before the family took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landing in L.A. I’ve worked as a journalist, copywriter, realtor, media buyer, Universal Studios tour guide, substitute teacher,  film & television production coordinator and likely a few others my brain is too addled to recall.

I also embarked on a virtual adventure, taking an imaginary walking tour of London. Tag along on my journey Above Ground on the London Underground

Like everyone else in Hollywood, I have a script in a drawer. My husband works in the film business and our son is a  writer/director/comedian you can find on Instagram @dangerr_russ. 

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