Featured Interview With Mich R. F. Jones
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My Mother is from Brussels, liberated in the war by my Father whilst he was involved in the liberation of Belgium. I was born in London, England, and went to Newcastle University. I taught in Trowbridge near Bath for seven years before moving to St Albans. My wife and I love walking and travel. my main hoby is oil painting. I used to sculpt but it takes up too much space! I have two great step children one is a dispensing optician the other owns and runs a gym.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I tried to write my first book when I was 14. My brother found my attempt and laughed at me so I did not pursue it further until I was in my late 20s. Computers did not exist at the time and I could not type so I was writing long hand and employing a typist. The cost became too much and I soon gave up. In the end early retirement gave me the time and word processing the tools so I have now completed three books.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
This is difficult because I have very catholic tastes. If I have just read a murder mystery I might go on to science fiction and then something more families and relationships. I do not like sentimental romantic stories. Amongst an enormous range of authors I read are Jo Nesbo, Diane Chamberlain, David Baldacci, Rachel Abbot, Genevieve Cogman, Ken Follett, Alan Garner, Jonas Jonasson, and Kate Moss.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The novel is set in Broadstairs, a small seaside town in the south of England. This is an old town where Charles Dickens lived and wrote for a while.
The main character, Jack, is an English teacher who is not particularly happy or competent in his job. He is bored with his long term girlfriend, Sally, but when he tries to break up with her she uses an incident in his past to blackmail him into staying with her. Jack starts dating the art teacher at his school but she is controlling and manipulative and turns out not to be what she seems. The police suspect Jack when two people he knows are murdered and Jack struggles to prove his innocence.
This is a murder mystery but the emphasis is on the people and their relationships not on the murders or police procedure. This is why I am inclined to say it is most like a Diane Chamberlain book.
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