Today I am on the Blog Tour for Dying for LA and I am here with an author interview for you all.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: Dying for LA Author: Ian Jones Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 18th March 2021 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: The wrong place at the wrong time. That’s where John Smith finds himself in Downtown LA one Sunday evening; next he’s working with the LAPD, CIA and the FBI to track down an elusive group who are responsible for an ever-increasing number of murders in the city.
On top of not knowing who they are, or how many, one of the group is talking.
What is your favourite thing about writing books? I love the freedom of writing, that I can literally change an entire city without a second thought if it fits in with my work. The feeling of creating something that is unique (well, hopefully) and all mine is very special, But especially when I finally can sit down and just let my imagination loose, and see the words on the page in front of me.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? I have to say John Smith of course, but in Lost in Vegas I do (unfortunately) like Pablo Escola, because he is so unpleasant and almost unwittingly hopeless at everything especially considering all the chances he’s had that he is almost endearing.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? Hmmm, probably a nice glass of wine.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Yes, I often go into far too much intricate detail on a subject when really I should back off and let the reader be able to picture the scenario for themselves. I have been trying hard to do this but it is proving difficult. At the moment I am busy with work so distraction is my worst problem.
How did you research your book? Mostly by reading and talking to people. I am fortunate to have a wide circle of friends, so for example when I wrote ‘The Handsome Man’ I was able to discuss basic procedure with a real firearms officer from the Metropolitan police. In these matters I feel it is important to be as factual as possible, I would hate it if that particular friend was to read my book then spend the next two hours telling me all the things I got wrong.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A plotter definitely. I always have a good idea of what I am about to write whatever part of the book I am working on.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? Ha ha this is a good question. I think it would have be any of the towns or cities that are in Magnus Mills’ books, his characters are so fascinating.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Count Dracula. Now that would be interesting.
About the Author
Ian has always enjoyed writing, originally working on black comedies. But he could never complete them, always suddenly realising he had written himself into a corner. He decided to try something different and wrote his first thriller ‘The Handsome Man’, a story about a hitman who travels to London from New York to do what should be a simple job, which spirals out of control. Ian then starting writing a second novel introducing John Smith, and a visit to Las Vegas for work provided all the inspiration that he needed. To date Lost in Vegas, North of the Rock and Dying for LA are published; he is working on the next book in the series. He has several other novels completed but not published.
So far the feedback and reviews he has had have all been very positive. People appear to like his books, which he is very happy about.
Ian has worked all his life; his dream is to be able to be a full time author but is a realist so he is happy writing whenever he has time. He lives in South West London with his family.