Thursday, 21 January 2016

Book Tour - Q&A with Carys Jones

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Hi Carys, firstly, can you sum up in a few sentences what Sunkissed is about?

Sunkissed is a vampire story with a twist. Dawn Summers, the central character, is on her death bed when she’s saved by the mysterious Dr Moralus, whom all the people within her village of Fandova, fear. But Dawn’s recovery comes at a cost. Soon she notices something sinister happening to herself and a strange thirst overwhelming her each night.

Without giving too much away Sunkissed is very much a story about love, redemption and the fight to remain true to yourself at all costs.

And where did the inspiration for this novel come from?

I’ve always been a big fan of the vampire genre. I love shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries and was keen to create my own story within the mythology. Sunkissed is very much the vampire story I’ve always wanted to read.

I understand you’re both published via a publisher and you self-publish your books, what made you make this decision?

Sunkissed is the first book I’ve self-published which is kind of daunting as like you say, I normally have the support of a publisher so it’s scary to be going it alone. Not many publishers are receptive to the vampire genre at the moment, they kind of feel that it’s had its day. But I don’t agree. I think that there are people out there who would love a good vampire story (myself included) and so rather than let Sunkissed gather dust in a drawer somewhere I made the decision to publish it myself. I love the story and am keen to share it with others who have a passion for paranormal stories like I do.

Which method of publishing do you personally prefer?

It’s probably too early to make a decision on that one as I don’t feel I’ve had enough experience with self-publishing yet. Ask me again in a year or so! Lol. With Sunkissed I’ve done everything myself, even creating the cover. It’s been nice to have that kind of level of control, but also scary as there is no one to fall back on, no editorial team to hold my hand and reassure me that everything will be fine…

If you could co-write a book with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Hands down Holly Black. That girl has style. Often when I read a book it’s hard to switch off the writer in me. And when I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown every decision Holly had made had me shouting, ‘yes, I so would have done that’. I feel like as writers, we are both on the same page so to speak (terrible pun I know). I think we have a similar style and approach to our writing and think we’d work well together and create something awesome. Also, if you like vampires and have not read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown you need to drop what you are doing and get a copy immediately. It’s amazing I loved every page of it.

What does your ideal writing day look like? Are you a planner or a panster?

I am an excessive planner. I plan out all my books before I start them, chapter by chapter. Then I break down what I need to do in terms of word count. So every morning when I sit down at my laptop my goal for the day is already laid out for me – 4K to write and x, y and z needs to occur. This kind of approach helps me stay focused and prevents me letting myself procrastinate, because I already know what needs to be done. Once I’ve hit my daily target I reward myself with Jelly Babies and Netflix, it’s all about the incentives! ; )

What’s next for you? Any more books you’re able to tell us about?

2016 is an exciting year for me. I’ve got Sunkissed coming out in January and then towards the end of the year the first book in my new Princess Trilogy, Paper Princess, is being released with Accent YA. I’m currently in the midst of writing the second two books in the series so if I’m a bit absent from social media in the coming months that’s why!

What are your main new years resolutions for this year? Writing and otherwise?

This year I want to finish my Princess Trilogy and write several other books I’ve got on the backburner. I’ve also resolved to try and snack less as I’m a terrible grazer. But given that today I’ve already had several cheeky biscuits and a cupcake it’s not looking too good…

Sunkissed by Carys Jones

Blurb: Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn's fiancĂ©, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes. 


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About Carys Jones: Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo. 

When she's not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games. 

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything. 

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.


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