Interview with Richard Wyn Jones

What do your fans mean to you?
It's always good to know that there are people out there that appreciate your work. It's a lonely place when your writing so having people who share your passion for the characters you've created is wonderful and spurs you on to do more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it's all about the escapism. I can leave all the day to day issues on the other side of the study door. Once I start writing I get lost in that world.
What are you working on next?
The Prairie Drifter is my second novel. The story comes in two parts with the next and final volume due out for late spring early summer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and the thought of creating something new
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am very much a family person, so any down time will be spent with them
What is your writing process?
I first like to get a plan of the general story, subject matter etc together. I plot out the story journey and then identify the types of characters I want to include. I spend a lot of time working the details out on each character and try to weave these traits into the story. Ultimately the success of the story forms around the journey development that each of the characters make and how they respond to the different dilemmas and pressures they are put under. Hopefully that triggers emotions in the reader that draws them into the story.
Describe your desk
That depends on what stage I am in my writing. The desk often extends onto the floor as well if I'm spreading my ideas out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a country person at heart despite having spent many years of my life working in London. I was born in a small rural, agricultural town on the west coast of Wales called Cardigan. The area is blessed with coastal and country beauty in abundance and this certainly helped me in developing my ideas for my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I've been involved in creative writing all my working life but writing articles for magazines, and small publications is a totally different beast to writing a full blown novel. I think I grew into this position some 5-6 years or so ago where I started thinking about actually looking at my own book writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Prairie Drifter is set in mid west America during the mid/late 1860's. It features the plight of a herd of wild Mustangs. The hero Star is born into a world of strife. Among the wild horses of the American Prairies there is a Prophecy, that one day a special one will come. Some believe that Star is linked to this Prophecy. He must first escape his own kind to survive. Hunted by those who wish him dead, he will endure great hardship on an epic, treacherous journey to find his purpose, discover his powers and eventually return a true Mustang of the Plains to face the destiny that he was born for; to conquer the evil force that drove him away.
Published 2015-11-30.
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Books by This Author

The Prairie Drifter
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 46,220. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
Animal fiction. Among the wild horses of the American Prairies there is a Prophecy. One day a saviour will come, heralding new hope for his kind. Born into a world of danger, he must flee for his life enduring great hardship on a treacherous journey of discovery before returning a true Mustang to face the destiny that he was born for; to conquer the evil force that drove him away.
A Squirrel's Tale
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 51,970. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
An animal fiction fantasy story set in the forests of South West Scotland, home to the last major colony of red squirrels in Britain. Their peaceful life is shattered when a marauding army of grey squirrels, led by their ferocious leader Abaddon comes North intent on killing all red squirrels. Outnumbered, the Reds will have to make their stand and fight to save their species' very existence.