Graeme Simsion was born in New Zealand and attended school in Australia where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics.
He aspired to be a theoretical physicist, but his flair for database design redirected him to information technology.
After graduation, he was a computer operator for insurance companies, and in 1982 Simsion started an IT consulting business.
He wrote his first book, an IT reference guide, in 2004.
After reading author Joe Queenan’s book, The Unkindliest Cut, about his experience making a low-budget film, Simsion was inspired to write film scripts.
At 50 years old, Simsion enrolled in a screenwriting course where he wrote the film script for The Rosie Project.
He decided it was a story best told through a different medium and adapted it to a novel.
He won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award for the story, which was quickly picked up by Simon and Schuster.
He lives in Melbourne, Australia and has two children with his wife, Anne Buist, who is a psychiatry professor and erotic-fiction author.
Even after having his own reservations about making The Rosie Project into a film, Simsion has signed on with Sony Pictures to write a screenplay for the story.