Chorley author in the running for blogging ‘Oscar’

GREAT TALES: Simon Duringer has been shortlisted in the blogging 'Oscars'
GREAT TALES: Simon Duringer has been shortlisted in the blogging 'Oscars'
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A Chorley author could soon have another exciting tale to tell as he bids to win a blogging ‘Oscar’.

Simon Duringer has been shortlisted for the finals of the National UK Blog Awards 2014.

The author of the thriller Stray Bullet created a blog in September.

He named it Simon’s 10 Q Interviews and hoped by padding out his website with amusing and relevant content he might attract more visitors. Eighteen weeks and 160,000 page hits later, the blog has been nominated and subsequently put forward, by public vote, to the awards finals.

A thrilled Simon said: “It has been a really challenging year, yet extraordinary, in which on the positive, I have made friends with some incredibly inspiring individuals. The icing on the cake, aside of course from winning, would be if this publicity leads me to gain the eye of sponsors for the site or indeed publishers for the two new books I will release this year.”

Southern-born Simon owned a number of small businesses before joining the RAF. He left in 2004 and later moved into IT. He wrote a book called How do I win on a Lottery followed by a fictional work called Stray Bullet.

Simon moved from North Wales to Lancashire in 2012 after meeting a Chorley woman.

His 10 Q Interviews first interviewee was Josephine Bailey, the AUDIE-winning narrator and author of contemporary children’s book ‘Hotey’.

To date he has interviewed a selection of 35 bestselling authors, directors, publishers and actors.

The winners of the awards, which have been likened to the Oscars of blogging, will be announced in April.