Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by yelling loud encouragement at the TV when Wales plays international rugby. Having been an accountant for much of his working life, he now writes in a desperate attempt to avoid terminal atrophy of his brain. A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz, he has achieved a lifetime ambition by extending his bookcases to fill an entire wall of his home office.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’m, not sure that I ever did. Not as such. I’ve written stuff for as long as I can remember. I recently found a collection of poems I wrote when I was eleven, hidden in an old briefcase I’d forgotten I’d kept. Here’s a random fact to amaze anyone who has ever read any of my books – I’ve actually got an ‘A’ level in creative writing, too! My English teacher at school was very keen on our doing this option, and encouraged us all to write. Then I graduated to my first full novel in my early twenties. And absolutely awful it was too. Next I wrote some magazine articles, and then let it all slip for a few years, until (after a couple of false starts ) I pulled the old text of my novel from under my bed, ignored it completely, and just let the characters loose to have fun. I haven’t stopped since. I don’t think I can, now. My name is Will, and I’m an author-holic…..
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As a fantasy author, naturally I love Tolkein. I was introduced to his work at age eight at school, and never looked back. I do also love historical faction, and am a big fan of Lindsey Davis and her ‘Falco’ series set in Ancient Rome. In fact a conversation with her at a book signing event was a pivotal factor in reawakening my dormant desire to write. Then there is Graham Greene. His book ‘The Quiet American’ demonstrates such lush prose. Anyone who has read other interviews of mine might have seen a different list. Sorry. Blokes find it hard to make decisions, right? Anyway. Alan Garner is a UK children's author. His book, The Wierdstone of Brisingamen is wonderful story, and it was that book which inspired me to start writing myself. I was entranced with the idea of a fantasy world so close to ours we could touch it.... Finally, this time (next week I'll probably have a different list) I'll pick Richard Bach's book 'Illusions'. Flying, friendship, philosophy...it presses all my buttons. Wonderful.
More speculative fiction from The Banned Underground: in this sixth outing for the series Grizelda (the off-white witch) is forced to speculate about her future when the Dark Lord tempts her with his cookies, and then threatens her with eviction from her cottage unless she joins The Dark Side.
Philosophy joins the usual stream of gags, one liners and slapstick jokes in this underground hit series
Dragons are not real. Everyone tells you that. So what do you do when you are eight years old, and meet a dragon? You have the adventure of your life! Wobbles is delighted to find a dragon at the bottom of the garden. But when big brother Jeremy is captured by goblins, Snort and Wobbles have to save him - before he gets roasted on the barbecue! A delightful adventure for 6 - 10 year olds.
'Tolkien meets Spinal Tap' Learn where the Watches shop for their nefarious and evil technology! Why is The Grey Mage so evil? Where does Ned get his ale? For more information, consult The SatNav of Doom.
Dai the Drinking Dragon has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord for nefarious purposes. But without their bass player, The Banned Underground are in trouble with their record label. Can Freya, the renegade bass player distract the boys from the 'Search For Dai' while the Dark Lord's evil schemes come to fruition?
'Tolkien Meets Spinal Tap!' Someone's crashed THE Sleigh! But the only one who can fix it, the Vampire Mechanic, has been kidnapped by the apprentice Dark Lord. Who are you going to call? The Banned Underground, of course.
The Banned Underground is back to rock your world again. This time they've destroyed the Throne of the Mountain King and must get another before the dark legions of accountancy take over the world. Come join the hit-parade of characters including Fungus, Grizelda, and the forces of evil in a race for a new seat of power in The Mystic Accountants.