M K Jones began creative writing in school, where she excelled at storytelling and in particular writing short stories for her own amusement. She went on to become a teacher and this culminated in a children’s book (unpublished) when she was in her 20s. Throughout her career she has written technical papers and articles.
She always wanted to become more involved in writing fiction and the opportunity presented itself around the time that she developed an interest in family history and genealogy. This was not her interest to start with; her mother went to an evening class, but lacked the skills to research on the internet. So armed with the names of the necessary websites she set off to help her mother, but very quickly became engrossed herself. And when her mother moved on to other interests, she carried on with the research. She has now traced branches of her family back to the 17th century. But her main problem is focus and not diving into and chasing off after each new branch that comes along.
In following the stories of her father’s family, she quickly became bogged down in a sea of Welsh Jones’s. There was nothing special about them but she found herself attracted by the stories of the everyday lives of people working to survive and support their families in often harsh environments. And remembering back to her childhood and her love of stories, one day on an interminably long train journey undertaken on behalf of a disagreeable employer, she began to weave together a story of the Jones family with an unusual twist.
“Three Times Removed” is the first of a trilogy based around her main character, Maggie Gilbert, and the company she forms with two close and decidedly odd colleagues. The second book, “Descendant”, is in preparation.
M K Jones continues to carry out research into her family history, delighting in a particular unsolved mystery from her Irish roots (to become an element of her third book) and has helped friends and family research their own past and pedigrees.
When her children were growing up, as well as reading to them, she told them her own stories, often made up on the spot. Her daughter, now 21, still remembers them and continues to encourage her to write them down.
Originally from South Wales, she now lives on the North Wales coast with her son and daughter.