I'm Scott Jones
Scott Jones was born in Redruth, Cornwall in 1972. After growing up in Camborne he joined the Royal Navy in 1991, serving for 22 years before leaving as a Petty Officer in 2013.
In 2007 he started to prepare for life outside of the Forces by qualifying as a Fitness Instructor. Further qualifications were achieved, and in 2012 he opened his own gym, SJFitnessUK Ltd in Camborne. His love of writing began in secondary school when he won a classroom challenge to write a short story.
His first book, ‘Secret of the Dark Woods’ came about as a challenge from his youngest daughter for him to write a 500-word story. However, it soon got out-of-hand and three months later the book was finished. As a proud Cornishman, there was only ever one location for the book – Cornwall. Further books are planned, with the sequel, ‘The Curse of Kaninjanga Island’ released in September 2020. When not writing or in the gym, Scott spends time with his three children who have inspired his writing.
For me, there was only ever one place I wanted to base my books, Cornwall. That doesn’t mean that the books stay solely in Cornwall, but it is the constant starting point – the storylines dictate where we may end up! Characters are also important to me. It’s nice to throw them into difficult situations and see how they manoeuvre their way through it.
I also think emotions play a huge part in storytelling. Adding real-life issues to the characters makes them relatable, for adults as well as children. In ‘Secret of the Dark Woods’, a main part of the story revolves around a very important aspect that affects so many people, in different ways. It’s nice to be able to write about these issues and let children know they are never alone.
I am always happy to attend local events, book signings and even children’s parties. I also offer schools the opportunity for me to come in and read a few chapters from my books, and have a Q&A with the children. Meeting children is the best part about being an author. If you have an event you would like me to attend, or you simply wish to find out more, please get in touch.
My love of writing stems from a young age. It began when I was in Secondary school. We were asked to write a short story for English homework. Most children wrote between 2-3 pages. Imagine the teachers surprise when I handed in 24 pages – ironically it was set in the woods!
I received top marks, much to the surprise of my school friends, as well as myself.
When I had my own children, I would make up funny stories and silly characters during long and boring car journeys. Each story had to be better than the last, which was always challenging, but so much fun.
The main motivation and inspiration for all of my stories are my children. I write for them. The fact other children, as well as adults, find my books exciting, interesting, and funny is a bonus.
Cornwall based children’s author.
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