In Another Life
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Publication: 13th May 2016
Number of pages: 316
Word Count: 72120
Cover Artist: Carys Jones
Pans Labyrinth meets Once Upon A Time in this fantasy thriller from Carys Jones
Returning home one weekend Marie Schneider’s life changes forever when her car collides with a lorry on the motorway and she is left fighting for her life. Whilst in a coma, Marie awakens in the fantastical world of Azriel which appears to be right out of the pages of a Fairy Tale book. Here, Marie learns that she is their long lost Princess North, and that Azriel is where she truly belongs.
When Marie eventually wakes from her coma her thoughts of Azriel are still very present in her mind and she struggles to adjust to her 'normal' life. Everyone around her insists that Azriel is just a figment of her imagination but as she tries to recover from her wounds people start approaching her on the street, insisting that Azriel needs her and that she must return there at once.
Confused, Marie tries to discover which reality is the right one. Could she truly be a long lost princess from another world or is she just losing her mind? As the world of Azriel starts to creep in to her current life it gets harder for her to ignore that perhaps she really is Azriel's Princess after all...
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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Please welcome In Another Life author Carys Jones to Diane’s Book Blog.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading. From a really early age my Mum encouraged me to explore the pages within books. She often gave me copies of all the books she’d loved as a child like Little Women and Ballet Shoes. I remember loving how reading these stories connected me not only to my Mum’s past but also to the worlds and characters within books.
I started to see the magic held within books. How they can take you anywhere. And once I was hooked on that magical element I became desperate to write stories of my own.
What books have most influenced your life?
My Grandmother didn’t read much so there were few books in her house but I remember finding one and becoming obsessed with it. It was called Little Dot and it was a short story about a little girl who befriended an old grave digger. She loved to decorate lonely graves with daisies. Sadly, at the end of the story the girl dies and the old grave digger has to dig a small grave out for her which he then fills with daisies as he cries. It was a beautiful, simple story with a haunting sadness and I loved it. I’d read it every Sunday when we visited my Grandmother. I read it until all the pages fell out and my Uncle had to tape the book back together again.
Little Dot influenced me because it showed me that books can pack a powerful emotional punch. Even now, decades later, thinking about Little Dot brings a tear to my eye. And that’s the mark of a great story – something that stays with you long after you turn that final page.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’m a big fan of Holly Black. I love the pacing of her stories, the sense of urgency she creates which leaves me feeling like I have to keep reading. I’ve also been really impressed by the work of Courtney Summers. All The Rage has been one my favourite books that I’ve read this year. I love the detail she adds to her stories, how she seamlessly drops the reader into this fully realized world and how she acknowledges that things happen beyond the pages, that we are just glimpsing a brief period in the character’s life as we read their story. It reminds me of how Brett Easton Ellis always starts and ends his book mid-sentence. Because stories should never truly end.
What is your typical day like?
I tend to write in the mornings as that’s when I’m at my sharpest. Once I’ve hit my word count for the day I’ll take my dog, Rollo, for a walk around the woods near my house. Then I’ll indulge in a spot of Netflix, I’m currently addicted to Gilmore Girls, then I spend my afternoon catching up on emails and any other bits of work that I need to do.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Notes. I rely on so many notes it’s scary. After I’ve had an initial idea for a book I flesh it out into chapters, then I break down each chapter into exactly what I need to write within a word limit. It’s all very methodical and definitely removes any romanticism about how I write but it does ensure that I don’t get blighted by writer’s block because I always know where the story is going, right from the start.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. This is from a story I’ve just finished which has a working title of Wrong Number. It’s being released in January 2017 and is an adult contemporary thriller;
Amanda ignored the metallic taste in her mouth and did her best to focus. Sunlight was bleeding in through the windows in the small kitchen casting ornate shadows upon the bare wooden floors.
But Amanda didn’t notice them. Nor did she smell the heady aroma of lavender floating in through the open door or hear the gentle rustle of the long grass outside as a cooling breeze brushed its way through it.
All she saw was the barrel of the gun looming inches away from her head. There was only darkness in its depths. And possibly her own death. Her fate hung on the twitch of a trigger. Amanda had known fear like this before when she was eight years old and she’d almost tumbled over the edge of the cliffs near her home. The sun had be shining that day too.
Only now her father wasn’t waiting in the wings to save her.
“Why did you come here?” he growled the question at her, each word drenched in angry disdain.
Amanda swallowed, using the second to gather her thoughts. She couldn’t risk saying, or doing, the wrong thing.
“I had to.” She squeaked out the words like the frightened mouse she had become.
“No,” he was shaking his head but the hand holding the gun remained eerily stoic, like his muscles were well rehearsed in steadily managing its weight. “You should never have come here.”
The taste in Amanda’s mouth grew sharper. Just as it had that day when she tumbled over the cliff edge and saw the sea and jagged rocks swirling beneath her. She defiantly raised her chin to meet his gaze.
“I had to come,” she told him, her voice strengthening along with her resolve. “I had to find you.”
What book are you reading now?
I’ve just started the Morganville vampire series and am reading the first book, Glass Houses, and really enjoying it so far. I love a good vampire story! The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is one of my favorite ever books!