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 drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases. When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere. He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.
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What were you like at school? Big shock here (not): I was one of the geeks, I’m afraid. Into aircraft – flying is a lifelong passion of mine – fantasy and bands others had not really heard of. Of course, that was the time that music was exploding as a passion for my generation, but I liked the Blues, which was unusual in that most people didn’t realise that this was the root source of the music they were all listening to. And I was mostly uninterested in sports, too. I used to go to cricket matches with my aunt, but that was more to keep her company. Whisper it very quietly behind your hand, but I was left with a mild affection for the normally incomprehensible sport of cricket. Mind you, I was quite good at Lacrosse and on the school team for that. This did once give me some mild and unaccustomed popularity when I ‘accidentally’ broke the hated French Master’s thumb during one afternoon games session when he tried to show off.
What are you working on at the minute? I’ve two books that I’m working on right now. The first is a Young Adult adventure based on one of my short stories. In this adventure, two teenagers, recently deprived of their mother, are drawn into a hidden world. Guided by an enigmatic figure somewhat reminiscent of Chaeron, and possessing similar transportation, they must undergo and succeed in a number of challenges in order to escape back to their own home. My cover artist learned that I wanted her to draw the enigmatic boatman and actually squealed in delight. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. The next is a science fiction romp. I grew up on reading this sort of book; when a small press invited me to write a short piece for an anthology they are preparing in this field I jumped at the chance, wrote the 6000 word short story for them and was having so much fun with it that I forgot to stop. Before I realised what was going on, I had an entire novel on my hands. A summer release, I think.
When did you decide to become a writer? I set out, in my twenties, to write what we would now classify as a YA fantasy. So I did. Mostly in my lunchtimes while at work. And yes, it was truly horrid. The MSS and the rejection slips are under my bed somewhere.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books? I always prefer hardback books for my personal pleasure, and have a slowly growing collection. My partner said to me the other week: “That’s a new bookcase in the living room, isn’t it?” “Yes,” I confessed. They are bit hard to disguise, aren’t they? “It’s nearly full already, too!” “Yes. Well, that’s what it is for, isn’t it?”
How do you relax? Hill walking, mainly, with the dogs. We have rather a lot of dogs, and they do love walking on the hills and beaches round here. Sometimes I take time off entirely and climb a proper hill. In fact the other year I went off into Snowdonia with the camera in search of a view I had seen in a magazine, and somehow ended up having climbed Snowden by accident.
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