The Simily Spotlight

Simily is doing some work to promote writers

Andy Spears
2 min readOct 17, 2022


Photo by Mason Summers on Unsplash

Back in August, I had a story I wrote over at Simily chosen as the “Story of the Month.”

A Victory on Simily. A little promotion goes a long way | by Andy Spears | Medium

At the time, the site still didn’t have 10,000 members — but it was growing.

This month, I was asked to participate in the “Writer Spotlight” — a chance to share more about the story behind “Birds of Pray.”

Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

When it comes to fiction, I like to write about hidden reality — the scenes behind the scenes — the dark places where people are often truly themselves. So often, we see only a fraction of a person — and we then accept that as all of them. I like to imagine what else is happening. We are all multi-faceted and many have a tendency to compartmentalize. I want to expose the compartments.

Certainly, this tendency can be seen in the Macon County Supper Club series.

About Macon County Supper Club. The story behind a short story series | by Andy Spears | Medium

It is also seen in my most recent personal essay — about how sorting candy became a way of sorting out my life:

What types of fiction do you enjoy reading? If you write fiction, what guides you as you create characters?



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .