Author: Jan Ruth
Published: November 2017 by Celtic Connections
Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Seasonal
Jonathan Jones has written a novel. Losing his job a few days before Christmas means the pressure is on for his book to become a bestseller, but when his partner drops her own bombshell, the festive holiday looks set to be a disaster.
When he’s bequeathed a failing bookshop in their seaside town, it seems that some of his prayers have been answered, but his publishing company turn out to be not what they seem, and when his ex-wife suddenly declares her romantic intent, another Christmas looks set to be complicated.
Is everything lost, or can the true meaning of words, a dog called Frodo, and the sheer magic of Christmas be enough to save Jonathan’s book, and his skin?
Set mostly in Rhos-on-Sea, Away For Christmas focuses on three successive Christmases in the life of Jonathan Jones. Jonathan is an accountant, a career he’s not particularly fond of, his aspirations lie firmly with writing and his driving ambition is to get his books published, to be able to hold a copy in his hand. Impulsively and without considering the consequences, Jonathan resigns from his job just days before Christmas. He hopes to be able to give all his attention to the second book he’s writing for the publishing house, Tangerine Press, with whom he has signed a contract. But he’s not the only one behaving rashly.
Welcome, Rosie, could you tell us a little about your book
Is Monogamy Dead? is my first book and draws inspiration from a trilogy of solo shows investigating love and relationships that I wrote and toured internationally over a seven-year period. Writing a book allowed me to explore the themes more deeply and include some of the science underpinning the personal anecdotes and interviews
… and the inspiration behind it.
The book takes its title from the middle part of the trilogy and that show was very much a response to a couple of friends breaking up. There was a real ambiguity as to whether one of them had been having an affair.
What research was involved?
I decided to conduct an online anonymous survey. The key question was ‘what counts as cheating?’ The responses revealed that fidelity is way less clear cut and binary than we think. For many people, emotional exclusivity was more important than the physical side. But that’s where things get really complicated. Because … how we do control what we feel? Continue reading
Welcome, Liza. Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing.
When my head is not buried in a book, I love hiking in the hills of the rural French village in which I live. I’m obsessed with travel and swimming and play a decent game of tennis.
What was the inspiration behind The Silent Kookaburra?
Growing up in 1970s Australia.
When did first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I loved the idea of being a writer when I was a child, probably due to being an avid reader, but didn’t begin writing until the year 2000. Continue reading
Welcome, Aaron. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your book.
I am a traveller in both the world and in the library. Writing allows me to design the journey, where I will go, what I will do, and who I will meet. Adventures in Europe, Canada, the States and Mexico opened me to new ideas. Philosophical jaunts changed who I am and the way I think. But writing allows me to wayfind. I can engineer a compass for my own path, following my own direction. The mindscape is an amazing place for a daytrip. Continue reading