Being married to a keen photographer, I’m fascinated by the way a photograph can evoke a memory or an emotional response, so I’m delighted to welcome Marie Jones to Linda’s Book Bag today as her novel Into The Shadows arose out of a photograph she took. In a guest post, Marie tells us all about how her writing and photography are linked.
Into The Shadows is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
Into The Shadows
Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery – on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her.
Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?
On Writing and Photography
A Guest Post by Marie Jones
To me, writing and photography flow together, enriching the other. They are both my passions, though if I had to chose between them, writing would (just) win the day. Words are so powerful, beautiful, haunting. They can transport you into a world so unlike your own, even into a different realm, time or space. They can express your thoughts, dreams, desires, with such great depth and power.
But for me, when I take photos, my eye will be drawn immediate onto something. It’s a quick rush of feeling, different to what I experience when writing; which evolves over a longer timeframe. Clicking on an image captures that moment forever – whether it is a newborn’s first smile, a dolphin leaping into the air, the majesticness of a mountain, or the unexpected joy of seeing a rainbow.
So for me, the photos I take of this beautiful world we live in will always inspire me in my writing. For my debut novel, Into The Shadows, the photo I took on Inch beach had such a profound effect on me, literally taking my breath away, that once I’d returned home, the writer in me sparked into life and began to weave a story around this one photo, so much so I used the idea of a woman’s face on a photo to take my main character, Lily, on an extraordinary journey of her own. One image, one moment, one chance to take it.
I’ve started writing a new novel, based around the highlands of Scotland. Again, it was the beauty of these raw, wild mountains alongside the calm beauty of the clear waters of the lochs that first drew me in as a photographer. I framed these images on my mind, and now setting to work on bringing a story to life around them.
Before writing Into The Shadows, I ran my own photography business. I had the privilege of photographing some truly awesome people, often at their most vulnerable as they waited to get married, or just become a mum for the first time and all the emotions that brings. I love people, I really do. They continually stagger and overwhelm me with their capacity and strength of mind. I see beauty in their faces they often can’t see themselves. Now as a writer, I will always strive to capture in my own characters what I observed as a photographer.
We are amazing creations, we really are, and I feel honoured that I get to show this, through my photography, and now as a story teller.
About Marie Jones
Around writing and family life, Marie also works part time as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school, every day encouraging the budding talent of our future writers.
Marie is married, and has two gorgeous children. She’s loving being in her 40s and highly recommends it!
Marie’s other passions include photography, travelling and pencil drawing. She ran my own photography business for a few years and had her photos exhibited.