It’s that time of the week where it’s all about the series and today’s post comes from author Carys Jones!
About the author:
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion, Rollo.
When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.
She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.
To Carys, there is no greater feeling than when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.
Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Carys…
From Avalon to Bon Temps
I’ve always loved the intensity of small town life. How everyone knows everyone else’s business and it is all just one big boiling pot of secrets.
My crime series follows the story of lawyer, Aiden Connelly, as he moves his family to the fictional small town of Avalon. Exploring the town along with Aiden was so much fun, especially when he inevitably becomes drawn into Avalon’s dark past…
Along with developing the claustrophobic atmosphere of Avalon I loved creating a cast of characters who were able to aide and hinder Aiden in equal measure. I’m equally as attached to the ensemble cast in the series as I am to Aiden which is why it was nice to be able to expand on their stories in later books in the series.
Avalon is a place of searing heat and violent storms which sweep in across the town, with the locals seizing the opportunity to let the rains wash away the worst of their sins. But whilst cultivating a secretive nature Avalon is also a town full of friendly, loyal characters, people with hearts as big as their sprawling homes – people like Edmond, Aiden’s kind boss who becomes a friend.
Not everyone is welcoming of Aiden. There’s the local Sherriff, Buck Fern, whose sour disposition is reserved for anyone he considers an ‘outsider.’ And wealthy local businessman, Clyde White, is equally distrusting of Aiden’s presence since Aiden is representing the woman who killed his son – local football hero Brandon White.
On the surface Avalon looks idyllic. The sun shines on white picket fences and people leave homemade apple pies to cool in open windows. But beneath this sickly sweet façade lies dark secrets which not only bind the town together, they also have the power to tear it apart…
Another small town I love to visit via the pages of a book is Bon Temps. It gained notoriety after being the setting for Charlaine Harris’ beloved vampire series, True Blood.
True Blood is about so much more than vampires. And werewolves. And faeries. It’s about the close knit community of the town and the trials they are faced to weather together. And everyone has secrets. From sassy waitress Sookie Stackhouse who can hear people’s thoughts to her manage, Sam, who harbours more than just a secret crush on her.
Like Avalon, the atmosphere in Bon Temp is hot, sticky, and bubbling with tension. I love how the author chose this backdrop for her vampire series. In the blistering heat it’s the least likely place you’d expect to find sunlight fearing creatures of the night. But they are there. And they test the close minded nature of some of the Bon Temps residents and also liberate those who have always felt oppressed by their small town.
With ten books and a successful HBO television series there’s many stories about Sookie and her adventures in Bon Temps to immerse yourself in and I highly suggest you do. The books are fun, utterly engrossing and a refreshing spin on the regular vampire mythology.
You can find my Avalon series online – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011M8U0GM/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Also the boxset of the True Blood books –
To find out more about me and my other books follow me on Twitter – @tiny_dancer85 or on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter/?fref=nf
Huge thanks to Carys for taking part in my Saturday Series Spotlight feature! 🙂