Welcome to simoneshirazi.com!
If you’ve found your way here, you probably know me from Wattpad or Radish Fiction where I write Teen Fiction/Young Adult and Romance novels. Or maybe you know me back from the FictionPress or PlagiarismHaven days. Or heck, maybe you’ve found me from my Pinterest or my Tumblr. But no matter how you stumbled upon this blog, I’m glad you’re here!
Anyway, I figured I might as well take a moment to introduce myself and tell the tale of how I ended up here.
So, hi! I’m Simone! I’m an avid reader and writer who has been on the internet for… a long time. Way too long. It’s amazing I’m still here. Why am I still here?
I started writing online back when Quizilla was still a thing. Anybody out there remember Quizilla? Wow, those were the days. I wrote Harry Potter fanfiction and it was bad. Like, really bad. But even if it sucked, I had the time of my life writing it.
It was around 2007 when I realized I was interested in writing original fiction instead of what was essentially self-insert Draco Malfoy fanfic (I will admit though… I kinda miss it). I moved to FictionPress and started posting under the username “simonexsays”, kicking everything off with a little story called Once Upon a One Night Stand.
Unfortunately, due to rampant plagiarism, I didn’t stay on FP for very long. I’d made a few friends during that time and discovered they had also been plagiarized, but despite that blow, we all still wanted to keep sharing our work online. So we banded together and created a private LiveJournal community called Plagiarism Haven.
The PH days were some of the best of my life. Was it a lot of work running a 2,000+ user community? Heck yeah! But I loved it. We were a little creative family and I was able to explore who I was becoming as a writer in a safe space.
But, as many things go, PH shut down in 2013. Most of us were either busy with school or working full-time jobs, so writing began to fall by the wayside. Running the community became a bit too much to handle and we mutually decided to bring the PH chapter to a close in January 2013.
I hadn’t written anything since mid-2012 anyway. And I didn’t write another word until May 2014.
Two years. That’s how long I stopped writing. Sometimes I look back and think, “how the heck did I not write a single word for two whole years?” But then I remember that those two years were some of the best (and most stressful) years of my life. I was too busy focusing on my own life instead of my fictional characters.
(In another post on another day, I’ll go into why I started writing, why I stopped, and how I got back into it. But that’s a little too much for what’s supposed to be an introduction!)
But by the end of 2014, I was starting to miss sharing my work with others. I’d essentially grown up posting my work chapter-by-chapter on various sites, and the lack of feedback/interaction was starting to make writing feel lonely, which it had never been for me before.
Enter Wattpad. I only knew of the site’s existence because someone had posted a plagiarized version of Once Upon a One Night Stand there (which I will from now on refer to as “OUAONS”). I was wary of the site for sure, but I figured it was my best bet if I wanted to share my work again.
So in January 2015, I started posting OUAONS under the username “simonesaidwhat”.
I wouldn’t say it was an instant success, but the story definitely took off. By June, I had posted all the chapters and was sitting at a lofty #3 on the Teen Fiction Hot List, a ranking system that Wattpad has since done away with (and needs to bring back, tbh!). I was amazed that this little story that I started writing at 13 had achieved such a feat.
As of today, very nearly the end of 2018, OUAONS sits at 21 million views and I have nearly 91k followers. Honestly, I still can’t quite believe it, but I’m thankful for every single one of those people who gave me and my stories a chance.
That little orange icon beside my name indicates that I’m a Wattpad Star, which is a pretty big honor. It’s always encouraging to know that people believe in me and my work.
Other than OUAONS, I’ve written and posted several other stories to Wattpad and Radish Fiction, which is another serialized fiction app. I’m happy to have found a home on both sites.
Lately, I’ve been working on a few stories offline with the hope of maybe one day querying and attempting to publish traditionally. I haven’t counted out self-publishing either, but we’ll see how things go.
With this blog, I’ll definitely be keeping you all up to date on my writing journey, as well as my general life. If that’s something you’re interested in, stick around! I promise we’ll have some fun.
Now, here are 5 facts about yours truly!
- I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Most of my stories are set there because of that. And yes, I would like extra mumbo sauce with those wings, thank you very much.
- I have a dog named Charlie, but I don’t think I’ve ever called him that. To me he’s Sir Charles, and he’s an asshole. But I love him anyway.
- I love to bake, but honestly… I’m not great at cooking. But if it can be put in an oven and left alone to cook, I’m good!
- I’m a Slytherin, but if I had to be sorted into another house it would have to be Hufflepuff. Who wouldn’t want to be close to the kitchens?
- I love coffee and tea equally, and I probably drink too much of each. But who am I to say no to an iced coffee or a steaming mug of tea?
I can’t wait to share more with you all! But for now, take care ❤️