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Tuesday, 1. Nov 2016
Jane Beryl Hawking Jones, Ph.D. is an English author and educator. She is the ex-wife of Stephen Hawking and the author of the autobiography Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.
When Jane Hawking was first sent the script of The Theory of Everything– James Marsh’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of her book, Travelling to Infinity – she made two changes. “First, I took out the word ‘campus’ to describe Cambridge, because we don’t have university campuses in England, and then I deleted the F-word, which appeared two or three times on every page. “‘Scientists in the 1960s and 70s didn’t use the F-word’,” Jane informed Working Title, “‘and I’m pretty sure they don’t now either.’ So the F-word was taken out and I was pleased, actually, for that small success.”
Bringing philosophers to life
The idea for my project came to me when I read about the attempts that Plato made to persuade Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, to adopt a better form of government. He continued to attempt this with the tyrant’s son, also called Dionysius, when he succeeded his father. There was also a homo-erotic affair between Plato and Dion, a relative of the tyrants. I thought this would make good longish short story. In fact it grew into a novella of 22,000 words, and I felt that in the course of telling the story I had explained something of Plato’s philosophy.
The Seven Deadly Sins 2016
Artist Annabel Lee. provided the cover art.
Who Writes and Reads Romantic Fiction?
I’ve joined the Romantic Novelists Association and took part in their 2014 Annual Conference. Both the Association and the conference are valuable, the latter providing an interesting mix of practical tips (how to self-publish, attract an agent, ideas about Plot, Location, and Characterisation); some theoretical background (the Chemistry of Reading, universal elements of the genre); and the opportunity to meet agents, editors and publishers. I was fortunate to be able to chat with Hazel Cushion, the founder of Accent Press and was highly impressed with how the company works and their future plans. I’m looking forward to working with them.