|James Morgan-Jones was
brought up on the Essex/London borders. His mother was Welsh and his
father from the East End. He trained as a professional actor at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and worked for several
years in the theatre. After a serious accident he retrained as a feline
behaviourist and now lives in West Wales. He began writing seriously in
2008 after gaining an MA with Distinction from Trinity Saint David
University in Carmarthen. In January 2016 he published his first
collection of short stories, Lantern Light, writing as A J Morgan. He
then embarked on The Glasswater Quintet, a series of supernatural
mystery novels, linked by character and place but set in different
decades, from the 1940s onwards. The first book in the series, On the
Edge of Wild Water, was published in November 2016. The second in the
quintet, The Glass Citadel, is due for publication in late
1. Are you working on another book?
Yes, I am currently finishing the third book in The Glasswater Quintet – ‘The Stone Forest’.
2. What is your preferred genre?
I don’t really have a preferred genre. I like anything that moves me, both emotionally and imaginatively, and so try to achieve that in my work. I suppose I am drawn to what might be called ‘psychological’ supernatural tales.
3. What do you love most about writing in your genre?
Writing in supernatural territory gives you a great freedom to explore states of mind and profound swings of emotion that might be difficult to achieve in other forms of fiction.
4. What is your writing style?
Emotional, atmospheric, lyrical, rooted in place.
5. What gives you inspiration for your books?
Place, history, the spiritual (though this does not always mean religious in any conventional sense) and the imaginative dimensions of life.
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
I wrote a short story based on my paternal grandmother which I was proud of.
7. Which character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
Marianne in ‘On the Edge of Wild Water’, though that doesn’t mean I dislike her.
8. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
That I have achieved something of what I hoped and thought I could.
9. What has been the best compliment?
Someone said in a review of ‘On the Edge of Wild Water’ that ‘if Daphne du Maurier, Dylan Thomas and Kate Atkinson had got together to collaborate on a novel, this would be the result’. I was very happy with that.
10.Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
I aim to finish the Glasswater Quintet (two novels to go!) and produce another volume of short stories. Then – who knows? I would very much like to write a novel based on a 1910s autograph book/diary I once bought from a bric-a-brac stall.