Guy Jones was born in Manchester and brought up in Glossop in Derbyshire. He did an Ecology degree in Wolverhampton before settling in Nottingham, where he worked in the community and voluntary sector. In 1998 he set up Hothouse Theatre in Nottingham, a community theatre and film project using the creative process as a tool for personal and community development.
Guy is now the writer in residence for Hothouse Theatre, and has written several fringe-style plays and short films for the theatre. He is the editor of two online magazines: Oh My Nottz, an online magazine which is used as a focus for the creativity of young people, and Writer’s Block, an online magazine supporting, promoting and publishing written work from Nottinghamshire and beyond. He also writes and self publishes short stories via Smashwords and occasionally perform poems on the Nottingham poetry scene.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Charles Dickens. Because I am currently reading all his novels back-to-back and I am fascinated as to where his real-life experiences fit into the stories.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘If you hear hooves, think horses not zebras.’ Although I have no idea where it comes from.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Correcting spelling and grammatical errors.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Does time travel count as a super power? If so, I’ll have that − it would be awesome!
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: The Cavern Club 1962. Just to see who was hanging around.
They’ll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then. There must be a list of fences they have to paint pinned up on a wall somewhere. They probably do nothing else day in day out but paint fences. Not exactly an interesting life, …