Interview with Owen Jones

Published 2015-10-15.
What is your writing process?
I like to write in school exercise books first while sitting in a public place like a pub or cafe (preferably outside), then I type the chapters up,
When the first draft of the whole book is complete, I reread it twice on my laptop, again outside
I find creative writing indoors very difficult.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to create my own cover designs and have programme to assist me, but I do use designers when I am incapable of doing it myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't get a lot of time to read anymore, but I used to read anything from technical manuals to novels to comics like Asterix.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have a laptop for reading booksin the electronic format, but would like a smaller device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use all forms of marketing and am not sure which is the most effective, but I think: web sites, Twitter and articles are probably the best forms of advertising.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered with a laptop and desktop computers, notebooks, exercise books and reference books, plus lots of pens and pencils and a coaster.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Barry, South Wales. My mother read a lot of novels and my father read books on different religions.
They were both Spiritualists and that influenced me a lot.
When did you first start writing?
I started my first novel in 2004, but it took me way too long to finish it - about seven years, and it wasn't published until 2012.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my lastest complete novel, 'Tiger Lily of Bangkok' is that I wrote it for NaNoWriMo, my first time of entry, and wanted to write in a new genre for me, although most of my readers know my books because of their association with Thailand.
'Lily' suits all of us, I hope.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an Indie author because I had my first novel - 'Behind The Smile - and tried to get it published using the etiquette I had learned on line.
It cost me a year and most of the publishers did not even bother to write back to me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sixth volume of the 'Behind The Smile Series'. It is 95% finished, but I want to be ready for NaNoWriMo 2015
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Looking afte my family is my chief and over-riding concern. We live in Thailand where social help is minimal.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am editing or promoting! There is little time for anything else.
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Life In Annwn
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'Life in Annwn' is the sequel to 'A Night in Annwn' - Annwn being the ancient Welsh word for Heaven. In this volume Willy has passed over and is trying to pick up his life from before he was born on Earth the last time around. His long-time friend, and wife on Earth, who passed on before him, Sarah, tries to help him adjust swiftly and painlessly.
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Megan the Psychic Teen II
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A Night In Annwn
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The Dream - Behind The Smile - The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya
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A Spirit Guide, A Ghost Tiger and One Scary Mother! It's time for Feyton's annual carnival and Megan is invited to take an active part for the first time, but she has other problems to sort out first, before she can enjoy her role. Read how she uses her ability to read Auras to help her friends, avoid an embarrassing situation with an amorous school friend, and keep the secret of the Carnival
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