Chloe Grant Jones is a third year History and English Literature student at the University of York. Her family moved around quite a bit when she was younger, which included a short period in Germany. She lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland for nine years before moving back to England to go to University. Chloe started working on 'Forgotten in Memory' in 2015, after she completed her first year at university and continued working on it alongside her degree. Today, she shares the ten things we should know about the book. 

Chloe Grant Jones

Chloe Grant Jones

- It is a YA novel

- The story is told from four characters’ perspectives

- The chapters alternate between the perspectives of three siblings, Joanna, Jason and Imogene, as well as Simon, a confidant of the family

- Nine years prior to the story the siblings’ parents were killed in a car accident

- The siblings survived but, nine years later, are still haunted by the physical and mental scars from the accident that claimed their parents’ lives but spared their own

- The story intertwines the past and present, as flash-backs and flash-forwards play an intrinsic role in the characters’ defining of themselves

- One of the central themes of the novel is that although we are all the heroes of our own life stories, we are all characters in other peoples’: We are all connected. Thus, even through the seemingly insignificant interactions we have with other people we still influence them

- “There are no bystanders; everybody plays a part.” (Chapter 1)

- I was 19 years old when I began writing this novel, creating the story shortly after I completed my first year at University, studying History and English Literature

- Going to University played a massive role in inspiring me to pursue writing. Meeting so many different people, with so many different experiences and perspectives on life, inspired me to create a narrative told from different characters’ perspectives. At university we are all united by this one experience and are all tied to each other in this way, and yet we are all so individual and are on a unique journey to explore who we are in ourselves

- Another theme that arises in this novel is mental health, and the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and alzheimers

- One of the things I hopped to achieve through this novel is encouraging people to talk openly about these issues and to have the confidence to do so. There is a stigma, for example, that if you suffer from depression that it will manifest itself in a certain way, a way that other people can make sense of. The truth of the matter is that depression can manifest itself in a million different ways for different people, and so you must never judge or presume you know what is going on inside someone else’s head: Lead with compassion and understanding will follow.

- Authors that inspired me, and continue to inspire me include Kathryn Stockett, Jane Austen, Sarah J. Maas, Harper Lee, and Markus Zusak

- Although I am the first person to write a novel in my family, I come from a tribe of story enthusiasts

- My little sister at the age of 17 has already had poems published in various anthologies, and my other two sisters have a very keen eye for worthwhile reads; they are my toughest and most invaluable critics

- I am now in my third year at University, hoping to graduate in July of this year

- There are so many more stories I want to write, and I aim to pursue this once I graduate: I am already working on my second novel!