From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.
Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.
My personal motto:
“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” (Wayne Gretzky)
- A typical (work) day begins with… A bike ride, a cup of coffee, and a bowl of sugary kiddy cereal. I tend to be most alert and creative in the morning, but for some reason, I often don’t get to writing until the afternoon. I need to change that.
- I lose track of time… When I’m revising my own work. I’ll finish my first draft of a chapter, then lose track of the rest of the day going over it again and again, making small changes in word choice that no one but me will ever notice.
- I have always… Enjoyed playing the guitar, even if I only know like four songs, three chords, two scales, and have no sense of rhythm.
- I have never… Had any desire to jump out of an airplane, no matter how much fun my friends tell me skydiving is. I don’t like zip lines, either, for that matter. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I’m just scared of heights.
- Home means to me… Funny, the concept of ‘home’ is a central theme in my second novel, which I hope to have published by August. Home, to me, is the place where we are set free.
- I am inspired by… Fantastic works of fiction. There are times when I will read a story and say to myself, “Wow. If I ever create something half as good as this, I’ll feel so accomplished.” That last happened to me reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I imagine the larger-than-life titles we hope to emulate vary from one author to the next, but it’s those humbling experiences that keep me writing. We never know how good our work might be until we put the proverbial pen to paper.
- I would like to meet… If we’re talking about authors, I’d love to have a chat with Stephen King. I would find it hard to believe that he’d ever be short on stories to tell in person—we’d have an interesting conversation, I’m sure. But if we’re talking about the general population, I think I might choose Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s an author, too, I guess, but I tend to think of her more as an outspoken activist and overall badass. Her story is incredibly inspiring.
- My worst character trait… I mean, I’m a bit of an arrogant know-it-all sometimes. I tune people out when they’re talking, although not on purpose. My mind wanders constantly and I’m a bit self-deprecating. And I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails. Do I have to choose just one?
- My best character trait… I’m pretty driven. When I set my mind to do something, I keep working at it until I get it done, no matter how many times I fall down along the way.
- The best advice I was given… When I was growing up, my father often told me that “nothing is forever.” On the surface, it sounds a bit negative, right? But the thing is, I’ve come to understand what he meant—that life is full of opportunities to try something new, and that’s exactly what I’ve spent most of my adult life doing. Trying new things, turning new corners, and figuring this whole life thing out as I go.
The Fifteenth of June
Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.
Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?
Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.
Print length: 224 pages
Buy links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVSFZHM/