Dylan H. Jones Interviewed by Paul D. Brazill

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PDB: What’s going on?

Apart from avoiding the annual tyranny of Christmas music in every café and store I walk into,

I’m elbow deep in my third, D.I. Tudor Manx novel and hoping to God it’s going to work out the way it’s playing out in my head- which, by the way, is plot-perfect and a roller coaster ride of intrigue and mystery that has rarely been equaled in the chronicles of crime fiction.


PDB: Do you listen to music when you work?

A more appropriate question would be, when do I not listen to music?

I’ve created a playlist to soundtrack my writing day, which includes mostly instrumental pieces, classical, electronica and a fair amount of Sigur Ros, which is perfect as my Icelandic is pretty rusty, so the lyrics barely interrupt my flow.


PDB: What makes you laugh?

I’ve been living in California for over twenty years now, so I do miss British humor.

Father Ted, Fawlty Towers; a pretty predictable list, but I’d gladly watch Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan read the telephone directory, or the Bible. In fact, a one woman show featuring Sharon Horgan reading select Bible passages could be pretty hilarious (Edinburgh Fringe next year?).


For kicking me out of a slump, I like a quick fix of the comic team Ylvis (the mischievous Norwegians who gave the world “What Does the Fox Say). They have a brilliant video, ‘What’s The Meaning of Stonehenge’ which never fails to shunt me out of a bad mood. Well worth checking out on The Youtubes when you’ve got a spare 3minutes and 56 seconds.


PDB: What’s the best cure for a hangover?

Full English, strong cup of tea, 800mgs of Ibuprofen and silence.


PDB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’m not stuck on one, specific place, but I’d relish the freedom of spending several months in different countries, soaking up the local culture. But, if push came to shove, Valencia, Spain would steal the number one spot, just ahead of Florence, Italy.


PDB: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

I’m not a big maker of lists, or buckets for that matter. However, like many writers, I’d love to see my DI Tudor Manx novels made into a TV series. Booking a seat on a Space Flight is also an ambition of mine, but I may need to wait until Ryan Air start offering discount flights- no doubt they’ll be charging extra for the oxygen.


PDB: What’s on the cards?

Christmas; it’s all over the cards. Finishing book three, starting book four. A few days off from my day job (copywriting and video creation) and stuffing myself with badly constructed, though very tasty homemade mince pies.


PDB: Anything else?

Probably, but I prefer the George Costanza take on not outstaying my welcome and leave on a high note- “All right. That’s it for me.”


doll faceBio:  If you’re looking for Dylan, you’ll more than likely find him at one of his favorite Oakland cafes writing, people watching or chatting with the local characters. A native Welsh speaker, originally from the Isle of Anglesey, Dylan now lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, and their daughter, Isabella. Even though he didn’t begin writing his debut novel until 2012, Dylan has always steered his career towards his creative passions. He was a producer at the Welsh TV Channel, S4C, before becoming a creative director at Channel 4, London. In 1999, he moved to California where he worked as a copywriter in LA, writing movie trailers and TV ads.

A resident of Oakland for over 12 years, Dylan runs his own video content agency, Jones Digital Media, and pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the island of Anglesey.

His website is www.dylanjonesauthor.com