From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about.
Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.
When did you first start writing?
In some fashion or another, I've always been writing. When I was fourteen, I won a national creative writing competition. I don't think that counts for much seventeen years later, but I've always loved to write.
I began writing my first novel November 2016. My wife was gone to a music festival in Orlando for the weekend, and I kept myself occupied by doing something I'd thought about doing for years—writing my first novel!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was always a big fan of Dexter—the books not so much, but certainly the television show. (All but the eighth season)
I was listening to the soundtrack one night—a tune called "Astor's Birthday Party"—and I got to daydreaming. Not so much about a psychopathic killer like Dexter, but a young professional who has just as much difficulty interacting with other human beings as he does.
This young professional was perched on a window sill in a rundown apartment, basking in the pale glow of moonlight, articulating his jumbled thoughts in a diary—no, not a diary, but a video diary—trying to make sense of where his life went wrong.
And if you read my first novel, you've figured out by now that young professional is Drew Thomson.
The basis for the story started with imagery as simple as that. Then I got to work by asking myself, "What made Drew that way? And more importantly, what would it take for him to change?"