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On The Table Read, “The Best Book Reader Magazine in the UK“, author Molly Jones shares what inspires her writing, and her creative journey from idea to publication.

Molly Jones, author, on The Table Read
Molly Jones

Written by Molly Jones

www.creativeworksbymollyjones.com

As a writer, I type thousands upon thousands of words, but ironically, when asked what inspires me to write and my creative journey, the words are not so easy.

Forgotten/Remember

I’ve always been inspired to just share stories with others, even if it is just one other person. I won’t lie, I would love for one of my books to have a life-changing impact on someone one day, just like other books have done for me. In fact, that is exactly what was in mind when I wrote Forgotten/Remember. But if I am being honest, I have always started and every book for myself. It has given me a goal to strive for and something to be proud of myself for in life. The feeling of holding your own book in your hand after it is finished is awe-inspiring.

They say to write about what you know, and in a sense, I have always done that with my books. I think every writer leaves little pieces of themselves within their books. I have a degree in criminal justice and a lot of what I learned well getting that degree I have utilized in my books. I have also taken inspiration from my own life experiences and jobs to be able to give more realism to my stories.

I want the emotions and feelings in my books to resonate with the readers, and I think that there is no better way then channeling emotions that people know and have been through themselves. Fear, joy, sadness…all of them mixed together.

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

Unraveled

The journey of writing anything for me has always been the same. I always know the end before I start the beginning. This is what got me started on my first book Unraveled. I thought up the end of the book and wrote it down. I was so excited by it, that I knew that I needed to write the story. I like the journey I get to go on to get to the ending. It is exciting and I get to be a part of the adventure just as much as my readers get to be later, once I have published the book.

This also allows me to let the story flow and go in whatever direction it decides to take. There are times that I will write multiple scenarios for the same part of the book, and I just pick the one that I feel goes in the right direction.

I’m sure it is not the most conventional way to go about writing, but even when I was in school, I always wrote the conclusion before the rest of the paper. I was never the person to make lists or plan out papers, or anything I wrote. I think that it is important that every writer be given the chance to write what they want and in a way that makes them comfortable.

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Inspired By My Brother

I would never have taken the steps to publish my books if not for my brother. He passed away in 2017 from a drug-overdose. He was always the most encouraging person in my life when it came to my writing. Every time he read something I wrote; he would be so excited and would tell anyone within hear shot how amazing it was and how cool his little sister was.

I would never have over-come my fears of sharing my writing if not for my brother. His life struggles also were the basis for a lot of the poetry I have written, though I have not shared those yet. I feel that we all need people to encourage us. I still have others that cheer me on, but I hope that wherever my brother is, he is still reading my stories and is still just as excited for me.

Self-Publishing

I made the decision to self-publish my books as a way to really just be able to have them out there like my brother always encouraged me to do. I never did it as a way to get rich, famous, or any of that. I just wanted to know that, if wanted, other people could read my stories. I have always been a big reader and any reader knows that it is always exciting to find a new book to read and then to be able to share it with others. That was really my goal. Just to have good stories out there for others to enjoy.

I think that self-publishing is a gift. Every writer can choose to publish their own books and get their stories out to other people, which has not always been an option.

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