March 12, 2013

Historical: Victorian London @tashamash #RLFblog

Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile
Today we’re interviewing N Jones, author of The Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile. Tell us about this book.

In 1891, in the suburbs of Victorian London, a tragedy took place. Here is a tragic tale compiled by the Maid, who worked her whole life for Alexander Vile, and his late family. She remembers as she wanders up the cobbled streets that echo her every footstep and underneath the over-bearing trees which give her sunless days. She paces through the open market squares where strangers are living their life as if no event took place, all gathering to find out about the innovations, all dressed in blacks and greys. While the world is whizzing by, she reminisces over a chain of events so romantic and so woeful that you’ll wish you could re-write the ending...
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book is out March 25, 2013


What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I network! I think networking is important both in terms of becoming more culturally and inter-culturally aware, but also as you don’t know who could make impact on your career.
What websites do you visit daily?
I’m always on Twitter! I check YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr regularly too, but Twitter is a guarantee!
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I would probably research more in-depth at the start of the project. I would use a plan at the beginning too - boring answer!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The freedom! How it takes over your time, every moment is thinking about that character, the storylines intertwining and where the story will go. I would say it’s exhausting in a positive way!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would love to say Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, or Stieg Larsson but unfortunately they are all no more. I would really like to meet Jeff Lindsay; he wrote/writes the Dexter novels which made a big impact on me!
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t worry; you’ll be more confident in a few years.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I’m not sure I’ve reached that level yet! I’ve spent the majority of the past few years stressed because of University; I think that’s good preparation for a career in the media - University!
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Not in this novel, but my second novel which I’m currently writing is a modern story which will feature some of my friends and family stories and anecdotes, and maybe a character or two will be based on someone I know!
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
My debut novel ‘the Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile’, although is thwarted with suspense, grotesque scenes and a lot of imagery has an underlining romance about it. Infact the romance scenes are my favourite moments of the novel and the most personal to write. There’s definitely a subtle emphasis on the romance elements.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read too many genres! I just finished reading the Great Gatsby. I plan on reading ‘Persuasion’, the new book from Lucy Robinson and the latest Dexter book soon!
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Graduating was quite amazing! I think the release date will be the best day for me though!
What was your favorite vacation and why?
It was California - hands down! I loved everything about the place! I saved up my University loan and wages to go there, and it’s geared me to try and achieve success ever since!
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