Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile

Today we’re interviewing N Jones, author of The Luminous
Memories of Alexander Vile. Tell us about this book.

In 1891, in the suburbs of Victorian London, a tragedy took
place. Here is a tragic tale compiled by the Maid, who worked her whole life
for Alexander Vile, and his late family. She remembers as she wanders up the
cobbled streets that echo her every footstep and underneath the over-bearing
trees which give her sunless days. She paces through the open market squares
where strangers are living their life as if no event took place, all gathering
to find out about the innovations, all dressed in blacks and greys. While the
world is whizzing by, she reminisces over a chain of events so romantic and so
woeful that you’ll wish you could re-write the ending…
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book is out March 25, 2013


What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first
started writing?
I network! I think networking is important both in terms of
becoming more culturally and inter-culturally aware, but also as you don’t know
who could make impact on your career.
What websites do you
visit daily?
I’m always on Twitter! I check YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr
regularly too, but Twitter is a guarantee!
If you could change
something about your first book, what would it be?
I would probably research more in-depth at the start of the
project. I would use a plan at the beginning too – boring answer!
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
The freedom! How it takes over your time, every moment is
thinking about that character, the storylines intertwining and where the story
will go. I would say it’s exhausting in a positive way!
If you could choose
anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would love to say Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, or Stieg
Larsson but unfortunately they are all no more. I would really like to meet
Jeff Lindsay; he wrote/writes the Dexter novels which made a big impact on me!
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t worry; you’ll be more confident in a few years.
How do you cope with
stress as an author?
I’m not sure I’ve reached that level yet! I’ve spent the
majority of the past few years stressed because of University; I think that’s
good preparation for a career in the media – University!
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Not in this novel, but my second novel which I’m currently
writing is a modern story which will feature some of my friends and family
stories and anecdotes, and maybe a character or two will be based on someone I
Which of your books
would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
My debut novel ‘the Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile’,
although is thwarted with suspense, grotesque scenes and a lot of imagery has
an underlining romance about it. Infact the romance scenes are my favourite
moments of the novel and the most personal to write. There’s definitely a
subtle emphasis on the romance elements.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read too many genres! I just finished reading the Great
Gatsby. I plan on reading ‘Persuasion’, the new book from Lucy Robinson and the
latest Dexter book soon!
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
Graduating was quite amazing! I think the release date will
be the best day for me though!
What was your favorite
vacation and why?
It was California
– hands down! I loved everything about the place! I saved up my University loan
and wages to go there, and it’s geared me to try and achieve success ever
Favourite Dip?

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