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On The Table Read, “The Best Book Reader Magazine in the UK“, author Molly Jones discusses her writing career, what inspires her, and her new book, Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story.

JJ Barnes editor of The Table Read online creativity, arts and entertainment magazine

Written by JJ Barnes

www.jjbarnes.co.uk

I interviewed author Molly Jones about her life and career, what inspires her, and the creative writing process that went into her new book, Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story.

Tell me a bit about who you are.

Molly Jones, author, on The Table Read
Molly Jones

My name is Molly Jones. I currently reside in Central Texas with my family and work for the hospital in this area.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice which has helped me develop and write my stories. I enjoy how stories can change lives, even for just the moments that they are read.

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When did you first WANT to write a book?

When I was in high school, I used to always joke around with my friends and family that one day I would write a book. I started out writing poems for years until I decided to write my first book. I first really decided I wanted to actually write a book when I thought up the ending to my first book Unraveled. Once I had the ending, I knew I had to write the story.

When did you take a step to start writing?

I took the step to start writing when I would write poems back and forth with my brother who was incarcerated at the time. It was my first true creative writing. He always encouraged me and was excited by my writing. He was my biggest fan.

How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?

My first book from idea to release took about 2 years. I finished writing the book in about one year. However, I was never sure about putting it out there and publishing. My family finally encouraged me to publish it after about a year.

How long did it take you to complete your latest book from the first idea to release?

My latest book, Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story took around six months to complete, which is the quickest I have ever completed a book.

Focusing on your latest release. What made you want to write Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story?

I wanted to try a different angle on my writing. The idea for this book came quickly and almost seemed to write itself. It was easy to put in on paper when the ideas seemed to come quickly.

Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story by Molly Jones The Table Read
Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story

What were your biggest challenges with writing Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story?

My biggest challenges were truly deciding how I was going to get to the ending that I knew I wanted. I had so many different ideas that I had to pick and choose which would help the story and my characters progress.

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Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?

I was inspired to show a strong female character that was not afraid to stand up for herself and what she felt was right and just, well still being able to admit to flaws and not being perfect. Everyone has doubts, I don’t feel a character in a book should be any different.

Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?

I was inspired to show that the antagonist can sometimes be someone that you think is the good guy, just as in real life. Someone who is trusted, that seems to only want to help. Someone who is that person, until the moment you realize they are the exact opposite.

What is the inciting incident of Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story?

The inciting incident of this book was when Officer Gavi is given the opportunity to go undercover. This lays the foundation for the rest of the book.

What is the main conflict of Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story?

The main conflict is finding out who the real serial killer is well Officer Gavi is also trying to prove herself.

Did you plot Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants and write freely?

I never plot my books in advance. I always have the idea for the end of a story in my mind. From there, I write freely to get to that ending.

Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did Double-Crossed: An Officer Rayna Gavi Story need?

I have some close friends and family that help me edit my books. Each book usually goes through a few rounds of editing.

Books by Molly Jones on The Table Read
Books by Molly Jones

What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a story?

Do not give up on writing and make sure you are writing for yourself! There are so many people in this world, and they may love or hate your work. But if you write for yourself, you will always be writing for your own joy. That is the best part.

Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?

There is going to be more of Officer Gavi for sure! I have a few works in progress (as usual). But her next story already has a few chapters!

And, finally, are your proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?

I am proud of every one of my books. I feel that every book brings something different and unique. I have never once regretted putting my stories on paper.

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