Author Interview with Jon Wells

Author Interview with Jon Wells

Posted on January 14 by admin
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Today’s author interview is with Jon Wells, the author of the new release Death’s Shadow. Award-winning Hamilton Spectator journalist Jon Wells delivers four blockbuster murder stories, taking readers up close into multiple homicide investigations, the agony of victims and their loved ones, and into the heart of darkness of cold-blooded killers.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the title?

Jon: The title of my book, Death’s Shadow, is inspired by Psalm 23: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” I write about four true homicide cases in my new book and they are by nature frightening and sad stories. But at the same time I have written about such things as redemption, courage, and love in the book, and that prompted me to think of that passage, where mourners at a funeral are encouraged to have faith that their loved ones found peace and even strength during their darkest hour.

Caitlyn: What was your first publication?

Jon: Heat: A Firefighter’s Story (James Lorimer & Company) was my first book, published in 2006, about Canada’s worst ever toxic fire, the Plastimet disaster in Hamilton, as seen through the eyes of firefighter Bob Shaw and his family. It is an emotional story that still gets to me.

Caitlyn: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

Jon: A writing coach once told me, “show, don’t tell” when describing a character of scene. I have never forgotten that.

Caitlyn: Who did you read as a young adult?

Jon: When I was a teenager I was into sports biography. The one that stuck with me the most, by far, was Andy O’Brien’s “Rocket Richard.” When I was 12, I checked it out of our school library repeatedly.

Caitlyn: What are you reading right now?

Jon: Right now I’m reading Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love. I wrote a piece on Fleming and the Bond movie juggernaut for The Hamilton Spectator recently and was inspired to re-read a few of my Bond novels. On deck for me is James Lee Burke’s Creole Belle. I just bought it and will take it down south with me, as is my tradition with Burke, my favourite author.

Jon Wells has published seven books, five of them true crime. His book Post-Mortem was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. Born in Montreal and raised in London, Ontario, Wells writes for the Hamilton Spectator where his stories have received numerous honours, including 15 Ontario Newspaper Awards and two National Newspaper Awards.