With me today is Will Macmillan Jones, author of The Banned Underground series (and the Alliance of Worldbuilders’ resident Comedy Goon, as noted above). He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, though without the aid of the Spanish Inquisition (and I’d so been looking forward to calling them up – no one expects the Spanish Inquisition! :D).
Tell us about yourself.
My bio will tell you that I’m a fifty-something lover of blues, rock, and jazz, and have (sadly) spent much of my time working as an accountant. Some of my friends suspect that I’m a covert adrenaline junkie as well, having crashed hang gliders, done a little sailing (didn’t like capsizing), fallen over on the way up several hills and crashed the odd motorbike, and put various cars into ditches. Er, there seems to be a bit of a pattern forming there. . .
Have you always been interested in writing, or is it a recently developed passion?
I’ve always loved reading, ever since I was a small child. My father was a primary school teacher and read to me every night from a young age, something I’ve done with my own kids, too. It’s brilliant fun! So when at grammar school I was encouraged to write, I loved it. But then it took a back seat for many years, until I discovered you could get a minor flesh wound from a pen instead of crashing into things, and I haven’t looked back since.
Can you tell us a little about some of your other writing projects? Are they all fantasy, or do you write in more than one genre?
As well as the fantasy, I also write some paranormal books, on the edge of horror. The first of these has been very well received indeed, and so I’ve a sequel in the works. There’s also a children’s fantasy and a YA fantasy coming along. I think I stay pretty much round worlds of pure imagination, because it’s so satisfying to create something that can be made to feel real.
Wanna know what inspired the series, why the baddies are accountants, or where the Banned will head next? The conversation continues behind the cut!