Interview with Jamel Jones

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I've ever read was a Junie B. Jones book. I always enjoyed the adventurous stories that the series held when I was a child. Also the fact that Junie was brutally honest about her thoughts and emotions towards situations and that we share the same last name were warm commonalities between me and the main character of the book. It made me feel like less of an outcast reading a book about a character who I had things in common with.
How do you approach cover design?
I feel as though I want it to be an attention grasping cover that leaves the viewer with a comfortable yet curious feeling. I want most covers to be welcoming enough for the viewer to want to read the book, but also eclectic enough to spark interest within curiosity.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Relentless by Tim Grover
2. Outwitting the Devil
3. Beautiful Outlaw
4. Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable
5. Know Your Limits and Ignore Them
I enjoy all of these books because they involve self-improvement and expanding ones mind and personality.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly self-improvement but I really enjoy poetry books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely iPad. I do a lot of reading from the iPad because it is just so convenient.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, just letting the people in my life know about my book and encouraging them to at least sample it. I have yet to really get electronic marketing underway, it's a work in progress.
Describe your desk
4 or 5 notebooks stacked on top of each other to the left, full of ideas and full writings. To my left is all of my pens, pencils, sharpies, etc. and at the top of the desk occasionally will be a laptop, my phone and or iPad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, however, home for me and my family was always Southern California. I was raised with a big city, big world kind of mindset and The Springs was the polar opposite of this way of thinking. The way this affected my writing though is that- given my background AND where I was raised- it drives me to question a lot of perspectives and ways of thinking, along with challenging various supposed "status quo's." Also, due to the conservative yet eerily and edgy nature of my raising place, my writing often contains vulgar language and a shock value affect. It correlates to where I was raised because often times, people that lived there were afraid to tell the truth about life and the way they feel, so in order to thoroughly prove the points that I desire to get across through my writing, I feel the need to sort of take an open and limitless approach to the subject at hand.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 8 years old. I fell in love with the idea of painting pictures with words and expressing my feelings and thoughts without physically yelling or having to say anything. My 3rd grade teacher posted a few of my for fun writings in a little writing exhibit at school one time and the feedback I got was absolutely incredible. Since then, I've always carried notebook to write in no matter where I was at or what I was going through in life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book Shades of Life Poetry is about the big change that took place in my life as I sought after love and a few understandings of life as I was ending my senior year in high school and beginning the next chapter in my life. The poems that this book is made of were the real time writings I made when going through hard times with a girl I wanted to be with along with getting a job and watching the world around me unfold. Each poem expresses my true sentiments for those specific moments as they happened, and I pretty much compiled them all into one and turned it into a full story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It has always been a dream of mine to write and publish a book with my deepest thoughts and feelings attached and express it to the world since I was a really little kid. It's honestly a dream come true to be able to get into writing books, I plan to write quite a few.
Published 2015-12-14.
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