Women’s Fiction | Q&A Addison Jones

I’m delighted to welcome Addison Jones as part of the blog tour organised by publishers Sandstone Press.  Wait for Me, Jack is Addison’s fifth novel and publishes today.

*Grab #WMFJ whilst it is touring for £1!*

Addison JonesAddison Jones is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories, all written under the name of Cynthia Rogerson.  Her short stories have been broadcast, anthologised, short-listed and included in literary magazines.  She holds a RLF Fellowship at Dundee University, and supervises for the University of Edinburgh’s creative writing program.

 

Hi Addison,

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.

Please summarise Wait for Me, Jack in 20 words or less.

Wait for Me, Jack is about two people who are not compatible, remaining married for sixty years.  A sort of love story.

 

What was the idea/inspiration for your novel? 

My parents and their friends.

 

Please tell us about the characters in Wait for Me, Jack.

Jack is handsome and ambitious and naughty.  His wife Milly is pretty, ambitious and good.

 

What scene did you enjoy writing the most Addison? 

Their early marital days, when they hadn’t yet begun irritating each other intensely.  Also, their elderly days, when that irritation had become an endearing familiarity – though still irritating!

 

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan.

 

What inspired you to write? 

My obsession with what makes marriages work.

 

Do you have a most creative time of day? 

Morning

 

Is there a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity? 

Walking – cities or country – but alone is best.

 

Panster or plotter?

Not a plotter.

 

 

Do you have a favourite book?

Carson MacCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  It makes me love people, in all their weaknesses and flaws.

 

Finally Addison, which authors have influenced your writing? 

Anne Tyler, Katherine Mansfield, Tessa Hadley, Carson MacCullers.

Thank you for being my guest today.

Addison Jones

Set near San Francisco, this warm and funny novel follows the fortunes and failures of Jack and Milly for sixty years. They marry in 1952, and typical of post-war couples, shift up a class. Optimistic and full of plans, they see themselves living the American Dream. Through the years they cling to each other despite having little in common. But the clinging doesn’t always preclude infidelity or disappointment, and the social changes they live through impact on their relationship in complex and surprising ways. Ultimately, though, what holds them together is stronger than what pulls them apart.

This is a love story that tells the truth or one or two truths about love and marriage.

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Married with two sons in their early 20's, by day I'm an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I'm enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I'm a stationery addict and lifelong learner. I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I'm a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it's an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.