Guest Post and Giveaway: Win The One by @johnmarrs1 @EburyPublishing


One simple mouth swab is all it takes. 

One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. 

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. 

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others...

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Guest Post:

When I first started planning to write The One, I knew that it was going to need a diverse ensemble of characters. The premise has a slight sci-fi edge to it – i.e that we all have a DNA Match out there who’s the person we are destined to fall in love with – so the rest of the story needed to have broad appeal to grab readers’ attention. Therefore it had to be very much character led.
The One follows five people, each of whom discover they have a Match somewhere out there, but they don’t have any idea who it is. That Match could be any sexuality, religion, race, location or age. And that gave me an awful lot of scope to play with.

But for each story to be interesting enough to warrant me writing 20,000 words on each of their journeys, I needed to place each character in a difficult situation by matching them with people they least expected. After all, it would’ve been a boring story if everyone had met their Match and lived - and loved - happily ever after. However, because there are so many directions their Matches could take them, it was actually quite tricky to narrow it down to just five stories. Without giving too much away, the hurdles I made my five face included geographical, a terminal illness, sexuality, a wealth divide, identity deception and psychopathy.

Originally The One contained a sixth character and I’d written about 10,000 words of her story. She was a housewife and mum of two, but was Matched with a violent prisoner who’d been put behind bars following a savage attack on his ex-girlfriend. Curious, she met him and fell in love. However, things don’t quite go according to plan and her story became very dark. In the end, I decided the book would be better off without her as her personality was too much like another character with a better storyline.

When I’m writing, I try to imagine the characters like I’m watching them on a TV drama playing out their parts. In this way, I can try to bring them to life by picturing how I want them to look, to sound and behave. I can see their mannerisms more clearly, like the way they hold eye contact, how their deal with anxiety or how their bodies recoil when in fear. And as The One has been optioned by Urban Myth Films to turn into a potential television series, I hope one day to see my characters taken from my pages and brought to life on the small screen.


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