I’m so excited to interview Meg Jones! Check out this interview to learn more about Meg’s writing style what tropes to expect in her debut novel, Invisible String. This post may contain links to purchase books & you can read our affiliate disclosure here.
About the Author: Meg Jones
Meg Jones lives in Aberdeen, Scotland with her two cats, Pepper and Panda. She spends her free time writing smutty books, reading smutty book, and fending off the local giant seagulls. Meg can best be found spending far too much time on Instagram at @megjoneswrites.
Synopsis for Invisible String by Meg Jones
A “no strings attached”, one-night stand.
Olive Davis, a high school art teacher, has really had enough. Between budget cuts and the death of her mom, Olive finds herself feeling more lost than usual. But when she finds out that her beloved after-school club has been cut, she’s at a complete loss for what to do.
That is until her nemesis, annoyingly hot and entirely arrogant science teacher, Ben Bennet, comes to her with a proposal.
The two have been at odds since they first met. But now, with his own club also facing the axe, he’s determined to find a way to save it, even if it means calling a truce with Olive. Completely desperate and out of options, she reluctantly agrees. As expected, it’s almost unbearable to work with the enemy…
Until one steamy tequila-fueled night inspires a whole new way to resolve their tensions.
Tropes to Expect in Invisible String
- Forced Proximity
- Rivals To Lovers
- One Night Only
- Care Taking Trope
- School Setting
- Open Door
- Art x Science Teacher
- Workplace Romance
- FMC working through grief
- Mental Health Rep
Author Interview: Meg Jones
Meg, I’m so excited to talk to you today about Invisible String, your debut novel – out now! Thank you for joining me for this author interview. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind Invisible String?
The inspiration really began with wanting a smuttier version of The Hating Game. I’m an inpatient reader and quite frankly, I would’ve had them go all the way in the elevator. So I took that, and all of the feelings that Taylor Swift’s masterpiece ‘Invisible String’ gives us and after a lot of plotting and five drafts it evolved into it’s own thing.
Olive, a high school art teacher, is still reeling from the death of her mother when her beloved after-school club is cut. Can you tell us more about Olive?
For most of the novel, Olive is very lost. She’s lost her mom, lost the joy in her job, lost her inspiration to paint which was her creative outlet, and the story really follows her trying to survive and evolve from all of that. She’s very much trying to ignore her problems, hoping they will go away, when suddenly a previously very annoying man suddenly seems like an excellent distraction.
Ben is at odds with his fellow teacher, Olive. He comes up with a plan to save both the after school clubs. Can you tell us more about Ben?
Tall, hot and annoyingly smug.
I like to think of Ben as a bit of a mystery, especially at the start. Even though Olive has been working with him for a while, she has a lot of wrong impressions about him, and throughout the book she begins to understand his side of things.
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Can you tell readers what tropes and/or themes to expect from Invisible String?
The story is rivals to lovers, is fast burn open door, and has the care taking trope. It also follows a grief/depression arc and overall, I think its a story about your way back to yourself after a traumatic event.
Do you have any favorite scenes in Invisible String?
The epilogue is one of my favorite scenes. During my final read I spent the entire time grinning while I read it. It’s the most wholesome, peaceful scene and after a book that’s brimming with angst and a lot of heavy feelings, its just an adorable ending.
All About Writing
I would love to know if you’re a plotter or a pantser. What seems to work best when you’re working on a new manuscript?
I’m a total plotter, I like to know what I’m about to write and make sure I’m not going to write myself into a dead end. I will adjust the plot as I go, sometimes new ideas come to me as I write, or the characters send me in a different direction, but I will rework it.
Do you have any favorite snacks, music or rituals for your writing? For instance, are you blasting music or need complete silence?
No matter what I love to have music playing, it really helps me set my mood and I struggle to write without it. As for snacks, it totally depend on the scene. If I’m writing a smutty scene, then I’ll definitely have a glass of wine but normally I’d just have a coffee.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
My advice is always to plot, even just a little. I like to know where the story is going and it avoids the pitfalls of a dead end.
I would love to know more about your decision to self-publish and why that was the best route for you and your writing.
There were many attractive things about self-publishing. For one, it’s a faster process. I can never understand waiting years for one manuscript to be picked up through traditional methods – and that’s if it’s picked up. I’d rather go directly to readers, and pick up some of the tasks myself.
Books, TV Recs & More
I’d love to know what started your foray into reading and loving the romance genre?
I’ve always dabbled. When I was a teenager I read Wattpad, and a few novels passed to me by neighbors. I adored Meg Cabot’s new adult novels (I’ve always read smutty lol). But when I was eighteen I started to find it hard to find novels that suited my age. My local bookstores don’t have a romance section, I felt like I’d moved on from reading Wattpad, and I stopped reading consistently.
I don’t know how, but eventually The Hating Game ended up on my Kindle and I ended up reading it three times over.
I was obsessed with Joshua Templeman.
There was a bit of a learning curve where I tried to find other books that made me feel that way but eventually I found my way to booksta and my TBR has just grown out of control since then.
What are some all time favorite romances and what’s on your TBR?
All time favorites are The Hating Game – Sally Thorne, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren (the ending always annoys me, but I would die for Hazel), The Roommate – Rosie Danan , Lovelight Farms – B.K Borison , Funny Feelings – Tarah DeWitt and Next To You – Hannah Bonam-Young
Next up on my TBR is Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series
I always love talking about TV and movies. If you were to cast an adaptation for Invisible String, do you have anyone in mind for your characters?
My casting is John Krasinski as Ben and Jenna Coleman as Olive
Do you have any favorite TV shows or movie franchises?
I just finished Andor over Christmas and I was obsessed. I’m a big Star Wars fan but I’ve not been super enthused with the Disney franchise but this TV show was amazing. I highly recommend it.
Other than that, i’m a big binge and repeat TV girlie. So New Girl, The Office, Parks & Rec, Gilmore Girls… basically they are always on repeat.
I adore your Instagram account & your memes always crack me up. Do you have any favorite posts you’ve created?
Thank you! I did a recent post of my favorites, as there are many. But I forgot to include one recent one from The Devil Wears Prada. I think even if you love Ali Hazelwood, this one will still give you a laugh.
Who is the ideal reader for Invisible String?
I think the ideal reader is someone who is looking for a spicy romance, with some comedy thrown in, but also a lot of emotion.
What are you hoping readers understand or feel when they read Invisible String?
Horny and sad… lol
I also hope they can relate, even just a little, to the hard time Olive is going through. She’s not happy in her job, and I think we’ve all been there.
What are you working on next?
My current WIP is very New Girl inspired (read: roommates!), with a dash of brother’s best friend thrown in. Plus! He’s a baker. I’m obsessed with it and I cannot wait for draft one to be done.
Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me, Meg! How can readers best connect with you?
Thank you for having me! You’ll find me over on Instagram (@megjoneswrites) and you’ll find Invisible String on Amazon!
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