About me

Hello! I’m Tanya. I’m an INFJ, although the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator might be no more than a collection of entertaining generalisations. I was born on the cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn, except I’ve never really placed much belief in horoscopes. If I had to describe my approach to life with just one over-used quote, it would be do no harm but take no shit.

Originally from Northern Ireland, I now share a home in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, with my little family – a tall man, a small cat and an albino axolotl with a double-barrel surname. Born in 1980, I’m neither Gen X nor Millennial and am starting to warm to Xennial as a term to identify my tiny generation. I live with a chronic illness that affects every area of my life and pretty much every part of my body, it does not define the core of my identity.

I love yoga, cinnamon tea, driving at night, coffee, documentaries about the ocean, storms, horror films, the feeling of getting tattooed, Irish bread, clean kitchens, and winter. I’m a practising eclectic pagan witch and have been for over twenty years. I’ve lived at least partially on the internet since 1997. I have a strange discomfort around rubber hose animation and raw tomatoes. My cat has his own Instagram.

I have never been able to do just one thing. For years, I thought that was a weakness, a sign of indecision, a lack of focus. More recently, I’ve come to understand that I thrive on variety and flourish when I have the opportunity to express myself through diverse creative outlets. It’s not so much a case of thinking outside the box as it is a process of sticking a bunch of boxes together, putting wheels on them and rolling down the most interesting road, leaving a trail of glitter behind me.

My fiction writing doesn’t fit into any specific genre and leans towards dark and queer, with a heavy dose of violence and crime, a bit of angsty emotional turmoil, and non-linear narrative structure. I write about people, in all their fascinating strangeness, because the human condition has always interested me more than any supernatural creatures or fantasy worlds.

After years of photographing primarily faces, bodies and clothes for work, I now enjoy shooting more places and things. I aim to capture beauty where I find it in my everyday life – indoors, outdoors, and from the depths and reaches of my own imagination.

I’ve been blogging since blogs have been a thing and have moved through phases of personal journalling and more subject-specific writing over the years. My goal here, now, is to share a life of creativity, authenticity and inspiration as I create art with words and pictures.

You can read my writing story and my photography story for more detail about what and how I create.



If you want to contact me by email, you can do that via hello@tanyasimonesimpson.com



All photographs and words on this site are copyright Tanya Simone Simpson (all rights reserved) unless otherwise stated. If you’re interested in including something I’ve created in something you’re creating, please get in touch at hello@tanyasimonesimpson.com with details of your project.