Author Spotlight time once more.  It’s even closer to Mystery Thriller Week and #10 up in the series of author interviews running in conjunction with MTW2017 is Marie Jones. Welcome, Marie…



marie jones 

I studied Creative Writing for three years. Around writing and family life, I also work part time as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school, every day encouraging the budding talent of our future writers.

I’m married, and we have two gorgeous children. I’m loving being in my 40s and highly recommend it!

My other passions include photography, travelling and pencil drawing. I ran my own photography business for a few years and had my photos exhibited.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many countries around the world, yet Ireland still remains one of my all time favourite countries. What an amazing world, full of God’s beauty and creation, we live in…

Whether I am writing stories, photographing or drawing, everyday men and women with all their amazing complexities will always fascinate and inspire me.

Maria can be found on Twitter : Author of Into The Shadows, a suspense/romance novel #romance #suspense #mystery #intrigue #literary Christian, mum, lover of creativity #IARTG #amwriting #IAN1

Also on Facebook and her blog.



Into the Shadows by Marie Jones may be purchased using the links below:

Amazon UK

Amazon US


The Interview

Why do you write?

Words are so powerful, beautiful, haunting. They can transport you into a world so unlike your own, even into a different realm, time or space. They can express your thoughts, dreams, desires, with such great depth and power. For me, writing is a part of who I am, my passion, my heart. I care about my characters, I want them to be people the reader can connect and identify with, I want them to inspire.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my next novel, The Perfect Storm, though still some way to go! I like to combine writing novels with writing theatre/TV scripts and looking to break into these writing worlds too – fingers crossed!

From where did you draw your inspiration to write your latest book?

My other passion is photography, I used to run a photography business. Often it is one photo, a beautiful, captured image I have taken that inspires me to write my book. For my debut novel, Into The Shadows which is based in Dingle, Ireland, the photo I took on Inch beach had such a profound effect on me, literally taking my breath away, that once I’d returned home, the writer in me sparked into life and began to weave a story around this one photo, so much so I used the idea of a woman’s face on a photo to take my main character, Lily, on an extraordinary journey of her own. One image, one moment, one chance to take it.

Which writers had the most influence on your decision to write?

When I was eleven years old, I was hugely inspired by best-selling author, Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE, and wrote to her. I was so excited to receive a personal letter back. It motivated me to write, and later that year my teacher read out my short story to the class – my first steps to becoming a writer.

What was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo, set in World War I. My daughter loves his books and wanted me to read it. I’m really enjoying it. I love how he addresses real situations and events that happened into a child friendly way.

Do you suffer from writers’ block?

So far no… fingers crossed! I only have a limited time to write each day around working in a school and before my children come home, so I have to be very disciplined in getting straight onto it, which seems to work for me.

Biggest frustration as a self-published author?

The feeling that you have to justify why you decided to publish your novel – almost earning credit and the good reviews to warrant taking that step. It’s incredibly, incredibly hard to be taken on as an unpublished writer with an agent or big publishing house. So this is one of the only ways open to us in getting our book out there, and then hope for positive reviews and rating.

Reviews for books are vital. Any tips on getting more reviews?

Most definitely contacting book bloggers. I’ve been fortunate enough to have four book bloggers agree to review Into The Shadows so far, hopefully I can keep going with this momentum. Also featuring on author interviews on book bloggers website, like this, is really important. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to ask people you know who have enjoyed reading your book to post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for you.

Do you use social media? If so, do you like using it?

I use Facebook and twitter mostly, a little on Instagram. I do enjoy using them and connecting with other authors/writers as well as the wider community.

Who is your biggest fan?

Most probably my mum, closely followed by my husband and children, and my close friend Anna who has been really supportive.

Many people have a bucket list. What is #1 on yours?

To be on a film or TV set – ultimate dream right there! Otherwise, I love to travel and before children, we travelled quite a lot. We’re planning a trip to Australia next year – can’t wait!

Any special message for your readers?

Thank you so much for supporting me and my book. I can’t tell you how much it means to me, having you enjoy my book.  I love to hear from readers so do send me a message on Facebook or via my website

Marie, thank you! A wonderful interview …

About Into the Shadows

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?

Top Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
By K. Nippard on 20 Feb. 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It captured my imagination from the very beginning, also I loved how the characters woven together through the story.
I also liked the mystery/ love theme running throughout the story. It was a lovely reminder of the holiday that my husband and I had few years ago in Ireland. I will look forward to the next one very much.

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