ELIZA HENRY JONES: IN THE QUIET IS AN EXPLORATION OF GRIEF
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Eliza Henry Jones released her debut novel In The Quiet on July 1. The book received huge praise by the readers with av. 4.7 Amazon stars. “Stunning debut”, “Absolutely Amazing”, This book just oozes raw emotions,” is the voice of the positive reviews.
Land of Books got a chance to meet the Australian author. Let’s say hello to Eliza Henry Jones.
– Eliza, what is your book In The Quiet about?
– In the Quiet is a novel set in rural Australia. It’s narrated from the perspective of Cate, who has recently died, as she watches her family. It’s an exploration of grief, family, the land and the ways that people relate to animals – specifically, horses.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I’m fascinated by grief and the different and very complex ways that people cope after a loss. I wanted to explore this complexity, and how grief is not a phase that people go through but often a way of life.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– In the Quiet is unusually structured – it has no chapters and many of the sections are very short. The most difficult part of writing In the Quiet was allowing myself to explore the story in an unconventional way.
– Tell us something more about your main character Cate? How strange is to describe the feeling of a person, who is not alive, but at the same time can see as a live person?
– It was actually very easy to write from Cate’s perspective! She strolled out onto the page and offered a lovely, warm way to explore her family’s grief. I think it’s probably jarred some people, having the story narrated by someone who’s died, but I really enjoyed the journey writing this book this way.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– I started writing In the Quiet at the end of 2012. I had a first draft finished by the middle of 2013 and it was accepted for publication in August, 2014 and finally published in July 2015! So although I am quite a fast writer, it’s still a process that takes years.
– Who are you?
– I am very food oriented. I am always reading, always writing. I tend to collect stray animals.
– What are your writing habits?
– I constantly think about whatever I’m writing or editing, but my sitting-down-and-writing time is sporadic. I find it easiest to write at night and I will generally write in big chunks. Respecting the time
– Are you satisfied by the sales of your book?
– Yes, I’m thrilled with how In the Quiet’s gone.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I’ve appeared at festivals, conferences and am very mindful of being honest when I talk about myself and In the Quiet.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– It’s similar to In the Quiet in that it is an exploration of grief and trauma in rural Australia, but it is an exploration of bushfires.
– Your hobby is horses and chickens. Tell us more about it?
– I live on a farm and have a lot of animals! I ride my horses competitively and have chickens for their eggs and as pets.
– You have some very good short fiction stories. Why you wait so long to write your first novel?
– In the Quiet is actually my tenth novel – it’s just the first one that’s been published! I’ve always preferred novel writing to short story writing, but found short stories to be a wonderful way to test ideas, hone my voice and start pulling together a literary CV and publication record.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Q: Why do you write? A: I write because I couldn’t imagine not writing. Even when there’s deadlines and I’m not particularly enjoying a certain project, as soon as it’s finished I’m daydreaming about the next one. Being published is a wonderful thing, but I would have continued to write, regardless.
Take a look at her book:
In The Quiet