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.
For more information about Carys please visit www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter; @tiny_dancer85
1. What got you into writing?
Growing up I was always an avid reader. My favourite part of each day was the half hour before I’d go to sleep when I’d sit and read in bed. I used to love losing myself in stories like Ballet Shoes and Little House on the Prairie. I thought it was magical that books could transport me away from my little corner of rain soaked England into another world.
I was keen to create some of that magic for myself so I started writing short stories when I was eight which I used to charge my poor Dad ten pence to read. I loved writing as much as I loved reading and those feelings only grew as time went on. When I became a teenager I knew with complete certainty that I wanted to be a writer.
2. Who are some of your favourite authors?
I love anything by Jodi Picoult and John Green. I’m also a big fan of Virginia Andrews and have recently discovered Becca Fitzpatrick and am eager to read more of her books. I like stories bursting with emotion, stories that surprise me.
3. Tell us about your book.
Dare to Dream is a contemporary British young adult novel. I think the blurb does a great job of describing the story;
“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.
It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.
4. Have you always wanted to be an author?
Absolutely. Finding the right career is like trying on loads of different shoes. Being an author is the only career choice which has ever fit me perfectly. If I wasn’t writing I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing as there’s nothing else which brings me as much happiness.
5. Were the characters in your book based on anyone you know?
No, I don’t tend to base the characters in my books on anyone as I feel there is too much danger in it. I’d hate someone to think a character was based on them and then that character does something awful or dies and the person reads too much in to that. So if anyone reads my books and thinks a character is based on them I can promise that it’s merely a coincidence.