Author Spotlight: Carys Jones

We are thrilled to welcome psychological suspense author Carys Jones to The Bandwagon, whose latest novel, The List, is out in paperback on 15th October.

Carys Jones is a thriller writer based in Shropshire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and dog. When she’s not writing, she can often be found indulging two of her greatest passions: either walking round the local woodland or catching up on all things Disney related. Her favourite authors are Virginia Andrews, Ruth Ware and Jodi Picoult.

Carys is represented by David Headley of DHH Literary Agency. Her next book, The List, will be released in October 2020 with Orion Books. For more information about Carys, please visit www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter @CarysJAuthor.

How did you get into writing?

Ever since I was young I’ve been writing. I have drawers full of the all the unfinished books I started in my teens. When I was 23 I underwent major surgery and due to complications following the procedure I had to take 8 months off work. I’d always intended to finish writing a book but previously felt like I never had enough time. Suddenly all I had was time. Time to wait, to heal. So I spent my savings on a laptop and for one hour each day I would sit at it and write and I eventually finished my first book, First to Fall. After that it was like a switch had been flipped and I couldn’t stop writing. Being able to escape into my stories has definitely seen me through some tough times.

Why did you choose to write in this genre?

I feel like I didn’t choose the thriller life, the thriller life chose me. In the past I have written YA, historical, MG, horror. You name it. I never saw myself as a thriller writer, or reader. But all that changed with the arrival of domestic thrillers. The genre was no longer all police procedurals and serial killers. And within this new space, domestic thrillers, I knew I’d found something that I not only wanted to read but I wanted to write. 

Who are some of your favourite authors?

I love Ruth Ware, Virginia Andrews and Jodi Picoult. Most recently I became a huge Amy Engel fan, The Roanoke Girls was one of my favourite books of last year and I can’t wait to read her latest, The Familiar Dark.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Complete plotter. I plan everything out chapter by chapter but my writing process is a lot like a messy surgery – I go in knowing what needs to be done in broad terms, but sometimes once in there I notice other things which need my urgent attention/fixing and I can deviate away from my plan but I don’t tend to stray too far from my original blue print of the story.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read a lot. Write a lot. And don’t hang all your hopes on just the one manuscript. I’ve many stories that will never see the light of day for numerous reasons, but writing them was important. I enjoyed it and every book you write helps shape you as a writer.

Finally, what are you currently working on?

I’m working on edits for my second book for Orion which is about toxic friendship and how the lies we hold on to can corrode not just ourselves but all those around us. It’s due to be released next year and I can’t wait! 
The List is available on Kindle now and out in paperback on 15th October.

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