Happy Release Day to Carys Jones, author of First to Fall, the first book in her Avalon series.
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.
Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local
ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…
Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realize that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…
The Girl with Book Lungs will have a review for First to Fall very soon! In the meantime, Carys has agreed to spend a little time with all of us to celebrate the book. She’s sharing the Top Three Questions she’s never asked – and their answers, of course!
- What is the most difficult scene you’ve ever had to write? Recently I finished a WIP where one of the characters strangles another to death (this isn’t a spoiler as it wasn’t in First to Fall). The challenging part was imagining how it would happen, what sounds, sensations would occur etc. I remember walking my dog one day playing out the scene in my head, including how the victim would finally choke out their final breath. It occurred to me that if people could see what I was thinking they’d find it quite bizarre!
The hard part with scenes like that is I’ve never experienced anything like it myself so I have to imagine how it would play out. Often when I’m at my laptop I do strange things like clap or punch the table to try and focus my thoughts on describing certain actions.
- How do you choose your character’s names? Completely at random. That’s quite a boring answer, isn’t it? The only consideration I take is to make sure I don’t know anyone in real life with the name. I don’t want someone being like ‘hey, she named a character after me’ and then they strangle someone to death…
I also try and pick names that I can work with in the long term, in other words, short simple ones as if I create overly complicated names I could risk making things difficult for myself further along in the series.
- If you could meet one of your created characters in person who would it be and why? Most of my characters are pretty flawed individuals so I’m not sure how keen I’d be on meeting them. Plus I know all their darkest secrets which could make things awkward. I’d probably most like to meet Dawn from a previous book of mine entitled Sunkissed. She’s a hundred and fifty year old vampire so she’s got a wealth of life experience and is very sassy so I’m sure we’d have fun. That is if she could commit to a time to meet since she’s currently on the run from her evil ex-fiancé.
Thank you, Carys, for joining us today! I can’t wait to read First to Fall – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a review soon. (Subscribing to this here blog is an excellent way to be sure that you get the latest posts! :))