Interview with Karl Jones

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, the Thief, The Poacher and The Murderer is the 4th title in my Donna Harp series, due out later in 2014. The idea has been ticking around my head for a while now as I tried to find the time for it. It was originally quite simple just a burglary and a murder really, but as I sat down to plan it out it expanded, with twists and turns popping into my head, not to mention things to be included to connect it with the previous titles in the series and the beginnings of future stories in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several favourite authors, in a variety of genres; Anne McCaffrey for sci-fi, David Eddings for fantasy, Clive Cussler for adventure, Tom Clancy for action/espionage.
Sometimes it's hard to say who is my all time favourite.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to play golf, read, play games, relax.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the title but I remember writing it. I was about ten and given a creative writing assignment in school. I wrote a children's adventure/mystery novel. It probably wasn't all that great but I wish I still had it so I could see if I could turn it into something good.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read all kinds of genres, from fantasy to sci-fi to mystery to drama. It all depends on the kind of mood I'm in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle app on my tablet or pc, love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook has been useful at times, and so has twitter, but paid promotion has gotten the best results for me.
It has been a trial and error process to find the sites that get results for me, and currently there are 2 sites I use on a semi regular basis to promote my books. Others I have found to not be worth the investment.
Describe your desk
A simple D.I.Y. desk from Argos with a couple of drawers and a reasonable bit of space on top. I'd like something better quality with more space but that's something to save up for.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up around the corner from the Brooklands race track in Weybridge, England, a nice place that occasionally had the old race cars from the 1930s going round it, that was fun to watch, but I couldn't say it had much of an influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started in school with a creative writing assignment, and haven't really stopped since. Nearly every day something gives me an idea for a new story or something to include in whatever I'm working on. The big problem is finding the time for them all.
Published 2014-02-09.
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