Today is my stop on the blog tour for The One by John Marrs. I haven’t gotten around to reading it (YET!!!) but I’ve heard nothing but positive praise so I will be reading it ASAP. I’m lucky enough to have a guest post from John for you all today, but first, here’s all of the super important bookish info!
About the book:
How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes.
One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.
Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
Out in ebook on January 27th, click HERE to pre-order your copy!
About the author:
John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He has written for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; Gay Times; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
His debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, he released his second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are. In July 2016 came his most recent novel, The One.
And now, I’ll hand you over to John…
I have loved the world of books for as long as I can remember.
The first to really kickstart my imagination were The Hardy Boys series of novels. I’d lock myself away in my bedroom and devour them within a day, as the two brothers (who were also amateur sleuths) attempted to solve crimes in no more than twenty chapters. It was my ambition to be like their American-based writer, Franklin W Dixon and come up with amazing adventures of my own. It was only as an adult that I discovered Dixon didn’t actually exist – he was a collective pseudonym of novelists all writing under the same fictitious name. Such a disappointment!
I was born and raised in Northampton, and when my parents did their monthly grocery shop in Tesco, they’d drop me off at the library opposite where I’d spend an hour or so flicking through the new releases and modern-day classics that were new to an eight-year-old me. It was there that I discovered The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, along with anything by Jules Verne. I’d pay for a postage stamp and fill in a postcard request form and order books and couldn’t wait until it dropped through the letterbox informing me my next read was ready to pick up.
One of the books on my GCSE curriculum was one that remains with me to date – J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye. It almost feels like a cliché to claim how much it inspired me as it’s now the default favourite of writers and celebrities whenever they are asked to pick a novel that changed their lives. But it really is such a timeless, heart-breaking story about the end of innocence, struggling to find a connection and loss – all universal experiences. The sheer depth of emotion in protagonist Holden Caulfield and his gradual realisation the world is not the wonderful place he’d been led to believe has inspired some of the journeys I’ve put my own characters on.
The book that inspired my second novel, Welcome To Wherever You Are, is Alex Garland’s The Beach. His book was released four years after I went backpacking around America as a 21-year-old. Never has the wanderlust that I felt then been so perfectly encapsulated by a character in novel as it was with Garland’s main character, Richard. I even mention the book in Welcome as a homage to such an inspiring novel. I still have my very battered copy of it, and I was lucky enough to meet Alex many years ago and asked him to sign it for me.
There are many other novels that even though they haven’t inspired me directly with my own output, I have carried their characters around with me in my head ever since. For example, since reading American Psycho – which is still such a harrowing, ground-breaking read – I’ve always wanted to explore writing a character with psychopath traits. In my latest book, The One, I had the chance to do that. And while my character Christopher is less detached from the world than Patrick Bateman, you still wouldn’t ask him to join you for a pint at the local pub.
I’m inspired also by authors themselves. I’ve twice had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Rob Smith, author of Child 44 and The Farm for magazine profile pieces and he’s always a very giving, interesting man to chat to. His best selling Child 44 trilogy could have ran and ran but he nipped it in the bud and his fourth book, The Farm, was worlds apart from its predecessors. Such a change in direction gave me the courage to write The One, which is very different to my first book The Wronged Sons and also Welcome. Smith demonstrated to me that you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with different genres and that you can still retain a loyal audience even if you mix it up.
Many other books have stimulated me directly and indirectly, from the beautiful poetic descriptions of the surroundings in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadows Of The Wind and Paul Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast, to the creative dystopia of Hugh Howey’s Wool trilogy and the dark pathos of John Niven’s Kill Your Friends.
This year, the two books that I am going to clear my diary to read are Peter Swanson’s Her Every Fear, the follow up to the brilliant A Kind Worth Killing and Gregg Hurwtiz’s sequel to Orphan X, The Nowhere Man.
Huge thanks to the folks at Ebury and to John Marrs for today’s fab blog post.
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