Here’s what Kirkus Reviews said about my debut novel, My Interview with Beethoven:
“Jones gracefully switches between George’s first-person account of the interview process and vivid third-person flashbacks to Beethoven’s earlier life. She is careful to show all sides of the maestro’s identity: his erratic behavior and penchant for making enemies, but also his musical genius and perseverance in spite of his disability—just as George vows to Beethoven, ‘I’ll neither deify nor damn you.’ The plot nimbly blends the historical record. . . and invented elements. . .
“The protagonist lovingly describes Beethoven as ‘an honest soul, lined with deep fissures and clumsy mendings’—which is just how he comes across in this deeply researched, accomplished work of historical fiction.”
My Interview with Beethoven is the first in a series of tales told by George Thompson, a young Virginia newspaperman who interviews famous people while grappling with his own personal issues. In My Interview with Beethoven, George leaves behind his severely dysfunctional family to interview the great composer. But George encounters a unique dilemma: How does he tell Beethoven, “Maestro, I am your son?”
Take a tour of my first novel here and learn more about the story, read some excerpts (and a chopped chapter I dreaded “killing” but had to), meet the real characters in the book and see just a smidgen of the research that went into this. More than twelve years worth of research, writing and editing—but it was worth every minute.
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