Interview with Herbert Howard Jones

Published 2019-02-27.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books on the paranormal, new age, parapsychology, esoteric yoga, books by Mantak Chia etc anything which points to a better future and shows us how we can empower ourselves.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I used to have a Kindle but don't anymore. I am open to anything useful and don't really know which device is the best to have.
When did you first start writing?
At age nine I think.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Do you mean the story behind the story? If you do, then I am using the book to express outrage against injustice.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Love of filling blank pages with words and trying to build something meaningful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting characters to express the hitherto unexpressed.
What do your fans mean to you?
I actually have two and they are very precious to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
ian McEwan, Harold Robbins, Richard Ingalese, D.H Lawrence, Al Koran, Mario Puzo, to name but a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of working on my books, music and art.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My dad made me read and memorise the plays of Shakespeare. I started to learn the Merchant of Venice by heart. Never understood a word of it! It turned me off literary works.
How do you approach cover design?
Got a guy to do it for me. I think using a picture showing the characters is essential as it draws the reader in rather than using some abstract image.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm afraid not.
What do you hope to acheive in your writing?
I hope to build up a series of books with memorable titles which lift the lid off of society. (Does this sound pretentious?)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Hainault, Essex and Notting Hill, London. Childhoods in both areas were happy, painful, complex and definitely lent colour to my writing. First impressions tend to stick in the subconscious and so I think I am always drawing on them without realising it. Essex and Notting Hill are two poles of the social spectrum and I was lucky to experience both.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords are in a word, INCREDIBLE! They have all sorts of resources for the author which you don't get anywhere else. They have loads of podcasts you can listen to, filled with more tips than you can handle. The founder of the site, Mark Coker, is bending over backwards to give indie writers a fighting chance. He is clearly an expert in his field and a benign one. I haven't read any of his fiction but I'm certain it is second to none. His style guide is certainly extremely useful and well written in my opinion. I will try and apply his tips the best I can to get the most out of the advice. Also, he tells it like it is. He doesn't promise you the moon and the stars, but he does promise that with hard work you can get better as a writer and as a marketer. Thank you Mark.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Visiting sites like Smashwords, Amazon etc. Googling a problem and seeing if there's a book on the subject.
Describe your desk?
It's a traditional antique green leather-topped desk with two lamps, a row of books on the left, computer in the middle and a coaster for my mug of tea.
What are you working on next?
I have already planned a follow up to my first book, and I shall continue the story with, 'The Americanisation of Marjorie Moore'. This has been fully plotted but I have decided to write another story in the meantime which I have entitled, 'Swansong in Manasquan' about a young woman who tries to escape an oppressive home life . I shall be coming back to 'Americanisation' at a later date.
The drama suspense book genre is something you said you were interested in?
Drama suspense books are definitely my thing. Drama suspense and thriller suspense are closely allied, but in drama suspense more emphasis is placed on character development. This genre does require a lot of work, especially if you include plenty of action and highly emotionalised situations. What I like about the drama suspense book category is that it retains my interest as I try and write in the genre. It is so easy to get bored with your own story, as good as the original idea may have been in the beginning. And so by trying to introduce a bit of a mystery into a story, balanced by dynamic character action, it makes it more interesting for me as the crafter. I also try and observe the 15 story beat rule which helps me plan my story and takes into account the needs of a reader. A reader wants to care about your characters and wants to see them grow. So as the writer I have to try and remember that, and I think the drama suspense book does cater for the requirements of readers in general, but is angled towards showing characters in extremis. In thriller suspense, characters are always racing against the clock, arguing with their bosses or spouses, fighting to survive, encountering danger, improvising their way out of awkward situations etc. There's not much time for character development. Drama suspense on the other hand, takes a calmer approach to situations that the characters find themselves in, and brings out the little nuggets of gold which character's possess. And it's their antics which keeps me interested as the creator of their story. But there is also a logic which has to be observed as well otherwise readers will think the story unlikely. Sometimes this is hard to maintain. But I do my best! I am also interested in melodrama and try to place those elements into my stories too. It's a Victorian concept but can be used to good advantage and can be easily inserted into a rugged story backcloth. Your characters can have philosophical conversations, perhaps in some depth, while they plan their next murder! But as with all things, everything has to be in balance, and so I like to balance prose length with stretches of dialogue. Not too much of each is my rule! And of course I try and 'show' as much as possible but there is a place for 'telling' to. I find I tend to do both. The drama suspense book genre gives the writer plenty of scope to explore his own writing abilities.
What are your five favourite books and why?
What are your five favourite books, and why?
1. How to win friends and Influence people by Dale Carnegie - it taught me how to talk to people.
2. The Godfather by Mario Puzo - it is a great style guide for the would-be author.
3. The Greater Mysteries by Richard Ingalese - reveals the huge vistas awaiting mankind.
4. Women in Love by D.H Lawrence - the characters are seemingly honed by the way they express love.
5. Excursions to the spirit world by Frederick Sculthorpe - unveils life on the other side in a matter-of-fact way
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