Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Page by M. Jonathan Lee: Interview with Excerpt


Welcome!  Thanks for taking time out to answer a few questions!  How did you start your writing career?

On the back of a divorce! Sadly following a marital breakdown, I realised that I was only going to see my children 3 nights a week. I was left with a gaping hole in my life. It seemed that this turn of events was some kind of sign. Instead of wallowing and ruing the fact that life had become suddenly empty, I used the time to follow lifelong dream, to write.

Tell us about your current release.

My second novel, The Page starts and ends with a tragic car accident. The lead character, Michael survives the crash and is holidaying alone for the first time. A Page blows across the pool from a book describing the exact circumstances leading up to the death of his wife. He is left in a race against time to find the book, before his secret is out.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

Not in so many ways. What I have found is that writers acknowledge that it is a difficult industry to be in and also that there is room for us all. The world loves hearing stories. I made contact with so many authors for tips and advice, all of whom responded.  Happily, now I am doing the same and am able to help others who are putting together their first novels.

Who is your favorite author?

Roald Dahl. Without question. Especially his Unexpected Tales. His way of weaving stories is unsurpassed.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

Whenever I get chance!  Due to a full time job and looking after five kids, time is at a premium. I book actual slots in my diary to write (say three hours here and two hours there) and regardless of how I feel I sit down an do it. I always find after a few sentences things begin to flow again. I'd say on average four hours a week. I can go two or three weeks doing nothing and then suddenly burst into a twenty hour writing week.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

They are all very proud as you'd expect. There are varied comments from all and sundry, usually from the older end who disapprove that the odd swear word pops up now and again.  I do have to tell them that unfortunately, there are people who speak that way from time to time!

Does your significant other read your stuff?

She does and is very supportive. Her tolerance is mentioned in the opening dedication in The Page. It is down to her that The Page even exists as she persuaded me not to scrap it entirely when my editor ripped it to shreds!

How do you describe your writing style?

I love stories. I am a storyteller, wanting to put across my story in the most accessible way I can. I am not into using several words that the average reader would need a dictionary definition of when one will do. My writing is fluid, addictive and easy to read. I hope that everyone can enjoy it.

It's been a pleasure chatting, thanks again. Jonathan.

The Page
by M. Jonathan Lee


"Following a tragic car accident, Michael Sewell is alone for the first time. The loss of his wife, Margaret after thirty years of marriage has left a hole far greater than Michael could have imagined.

Persuaded to go on holiday, by his daughter Jane, a page blown from a book crosses the pool and sticks to his chest. The words from the page resonate with Michael, describing in detail the exact events leading up to the accident.

Now, Michael must delve into his past and face his future, taking him and his family on a horrifying and tragic journey toward the truth."

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A waitress approached to offer more drinks, which Margaret eagerly accepted – this time a large glass. Michael wouldn’t have another. Not tonight. Michael’s eyes widened and he beamed at the waitress, showing his slightly yellowed teeth.
“Got to watch this one!” he said, passing her a ten-pound note.

The waitress smiled and reached into her money belt for change.

Michael shook his head, indicating the waitress’s search for coins should stop.

“That’s for you,” he said, winking.
The waitress smiled and left.
Margaret was unsure whether she’d said everything that she wanted to say. She had never been able to discuss any of this with anyone. She had lived with these feelings inside her head; feelings that had slowly gnawed away at her for so long. So, so long. She had often thought that perhaps if she had someone to confide in, she may have been able to make sense of it all. But this simply hadn’t been possible.

She knew that their only daughter, Jane, was unlikely to say anything bad about her father. She’d often considered Jane to be her only real friend, but had concluded that however close they were she was not the right person to speak to about the way Michael made her feel. It was well, just too close. She couldn’t speak to any of her friends because her friends were ‘their’ friends. It wasn’t possible to speak to her female companions because they were somehow behind the shield of their relative husbands. And their husbands were Michael’s colleagues, ex-colleagues or business associates. The dinner parties and evenings at restaurants they had with such friends were always pleasant enough, but they were rarely about Margaret, rarely about the women. No, they were about the men, and their new cars, and their business deals, and their name dropping and their money. About which clients they were working for, about rumours, about fee income. True, on occasion the women were left alone to chat unencumbered by the men. But these situations were always brief, toward the end of an evening or perhaps whilst clearing the dishes away, and the men were never far from earshot. On a handful of occasions, when she felt she could stand it no more and when the Chardonnay had disappeared a little too quickly, Margaret had mustered up the courage to discuss how disposable Michael made her feel. But almost instantaneously an alarm bell had rung in her mind and she would quickly backtrack, realising that she certainly didn’t know these women well enough to confide. And anyway, it appeared that they and their husbands all adored Michael. The Michael they saw.
Michael stared at a meadow-scene watercolour and yawned before slowly turning his head back towards her.
“So, in summary, Margaret, you’re unhappy and have been for some time. Yes?”            
That tone.
Margaret took a sip from the large glass that the waitress had delivered earlier. It remained near-full.
“Yes,” she replied, looking up through the top corner of her eyes, her head bowed.
“And what is it exactly that you wish to do?”
The shockwaves struck and she lifted her head. In her script Michael made the decision on their marriage; she hadn’t considered the onus passing to her. Well, if this was her decision she would just say it. It was time. Another quick sip, the wetness ensuring the dryness of her lips didn’t interrupt the next sentence.

“I think we should separate, Michael.”

“Separate, Margaret, or divorce?”

“Divorce.” The words crackled from her dry throat. She took a further sip and repeated more resolutely: “Divorce.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


The Page has 15 clues which to a lesser or greater extent give away the twist in the final chapter. The clues are inserted into the text and hopefully are well-hidden. To celebrate the release of The Page in February 2015, a competition will be run. We will invite people to identify the clues and enter (when they have ten or more - as some may be so well hidden they are never found) through my website. The competition will close 163 days after the release of The Page, and the winner (i.e. the one who identified the most clues - in the event of a tie - at random) will win:

1) One month's royalties earned from The Page;
2) The original manuscript (of which there is only one);
3) A numbered and signed copy of The Page - review copy - there are only 20 of these worldwide;
4) A signed copy of my back catalogue in paperback or kindle version;
5) The Page promotional mug;
6) A free signed copy of all future novels released by me for life.

The overall winner will win 1-6 above. 2nd/3rd will received 4-6 only.

Jonathan Lee was born in a small mining town somewhere in the north of England. His first novel, The Radio was nationally shortlisted in The Novel Prize 2012 for new authors, coming second from over 4,000 entries. The Radio was published in April 2013 and has received critical acclaim and sold more than 5,000 copies. His second novel, The Page is published in Spring 2015.

My website is here:

Twitter: @j0n4th4n_lee

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The author will be awarding 1 of only 20 limited run signed review copy of The Page and a signed first edition of The Radio to a randomly drawn winner (International) via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Signed first edition of The Radio to a randomly drawn host.

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