Friday, November 29, 2019

“The Favourite Son” by Author A.S. Jones

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Many of you may not know that I spent some time in the UK, especially in London during the 1980s when I was finishing my degree. I hold London in my heart and love visiting. I think that is one of the reasons that I am excited to present "The Favourite Son" authored by A.S. Jones. This author received their degree from the University of Gloucestershire and brings a whole new perspective in her writing for American readers. I hope you enjoy reading about this author and the book. Let's take a look at the book first.


Jonathan Hawthorne's father has died. When his younger, drug addicted brother claims that he was the victim of abuse by his father and a friend, Jonathan's world is turned upside down and he must decide if his version of the past is actually reality, or is there a dark secret that threatens to destroy the Hawthorne family?

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I grew up in Birmingham, UK, and became fascinated with stories my parents used to read. The Hobbit is the first book I remember reading all the way through as a child. I wrote stories for fun throughout my school life before going on to study English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. Following this, I began to take writing seriously and planned a series of novels. Training as a teacher meant putting my writing on hold. My time in the classroom inspired me to continue writing, and this job allowed me to travel the world as I worked in Birmingham and Qatar before moving to Kent in the south of England. While editing a fantasy novel, I decided to start a new book in a different genre. This is how 'The Favourite Son' came into existence.

 What inspired you to author this book?
Seeing people suffer in silence. I want people who read my book to know that they are not alone and that their voices will be listened to.

 Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
After going through many ideas, I felt that the close up had a raw intensity that really connected to the writing.

 Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
Personally, my family and friends have pushed me to keep going when times get tough and to follow my love of writing. As a writer, my main inspiration has to be Fyodor Dostoevsky. Being able to write a book about three brothers is my way of tipping my hat to him and his 'Brothers Karamazov'.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Ensuring that I was sensitive to my readers as the subject matter can be quite intense and draining. It had to be real and do justice to people who have suffered while also being entertaining.

Tell your readers about your book.
Jonathan Hawthorne's world is turned upside down at his father's funeral. His younger, estranged, and drug-addicted brother claims that their father abused him as a child. Jonathan must deal with the fallout from the horrific admission while keeping his family together.

Who is your target audience, and why?
People who are looking for a story that keeps them on the edge of their seats while helping them to see the world through the eyes of the voiceless are my target audience.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Publishing this book in the same year as moving from Qatar to Kent and getting married are my greatest success in life! It has been a crazy year for me!

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
My inspirations and influences come from a range of genres, and I feel that this has seeped through in my writing to create an original style that hopefully feels fresh and unique.