Interview With Author Jon Eschsri
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Somerset and currently live in Cambridgeshire in the UK. I’ve been obsessed with Íslendingasögur, the Icelandic sagas, since he took a holiday on the island in 2018. I have a degree from Manchester University and a Masters from the University of the West of England. I’m envious of my fictional characters who are fluent in Icelandic and I spend my free time trying to learn the language, mostly unsuccessfully. I’ve written one book so far, I’m about a quarter of the way through the first draft of my second.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called Æ (pronounced Ash). As I mentioned, I’ve been obsessed with the Icelandic sagas since I visited the island. It is thought that at least one saga has been lost and I pondered what would be the outcome if someone set out to find it and what the implications would be if they succeeded.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to listen to music whilst writing but I find that anything with lyrics distracts me from the words I am trying to get down. I often listen to classical music while working but I also find myself looking for instrumental/karaoke versions of tracks I like.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Virtually everything by David Mitchell, Donna Tartt, Iain Banks, Robert Harris and Halldór Laxness
What are you working on now?
My second book is a mystery/suspense novel set in a city in the East Midlands of England
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still very much working this out at the moment.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep going. How many novels have been started but never finished.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never try and bluff a question you don’t know the answer to.
What are you reading now?
The Shards by Bret Easton-Ellis
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ll finished my second novel (hopefully) and then who knows!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell. The Secret History – Donna Tartt. Espedair Street – Iain Banks
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