Simon was born in Chichester in 1988 and has lived there ever since, although he occasionally leaves to buy milk. After studying History at Exeter University, he put his skills to good use working as a barman at a local pub. He soon grew tired of the owner calling him Andy, so decided to become a primary school teacher. Teaching rekindled his love of children's books, so much so that he decided to have a go at writing his own. He is the author of I Don't Know What to Call my Cat and You Must Bring a Hat.