INTERVIEW | Stephanie L. Jones

Stephanie, describe yourself for our visitors.

First and foremost, I am a child of God. More and more I’m beginning to understand what that means, and it excites me! Besides reading, I don’t have any other hobbies. I subscribe to and read a lot of books, magazines, and newspapers. My heart goes out to the carrier who has to deliver my mail.

Growing up in a house that was always abuzz with so many people and a lot of noise, I now enjoy the quiet and simple things about life, such as listening to the sound of the rain falling, watching the stars, watching birds, squirrels and butterflies, and just sitting still. I watch very little television. The most important thing in my life right now is my ministry, commitment to God, helping others find healing from the pain of their past, and of course my marriage! I love being married!

How do you find time to connect with God?

I’ve learned that I can’t find the time, because there is always a thousand and one things to do. So, I have to make the time! I have to put God first, because He’s my strength and He gave me this assignment. Every time I get so busy doing the work of the ministry without spending time with God, it shows in my work and attitude. I try and spend time with God all throughout the day, which means I pray, read my Bible, or chat with God whenever I think about it! I find that to work for me.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I don’t have a favorite author. Some of my favorite books include Drawn to Destiny by Dr. Yvonne Capehart, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards by Valorie Burton, A Leap of Faith by Ken Brown, The Hour that Changed the World, and The Art of War.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My journey began with an emotional and mental breakdown, which made me run into the arms of God for help. That of course began the second part of my journey, the healing process! My own heart and soul had to be restored before I could help anyone else or write the book. After dealing with my own pain and struggles I then began going out sharing my story with others, first in schools and churches and for organizations. It was then that I realized just how many people were affected by child molestation.

I didn’t really want to write a book, but it was something that God placed in my heart to do and it was something that I needed to do, not just for myself, but for others as well! Everywhere that I went people had the same questions about what happened to me and how I was able to move forward. So, I wanted to give them something tangible to answer their questions and perhaps help them along the way in their own journey. The book is something that people can read over and over, especially during tough times.

Tell us about your current book?

The Enemy Between My Legs shares my story of enduring and overcoming many years of child molestation, which began at age five. I wanted to walk readers step-by-step through my life, as a young girl, teenager, and then young adult, so that they’re able to see how I was able to connect the dots from one bad situation to the next. By doing so I want to help people understand certain choices they’ve made along the way. Many times people keep ending up in bad situations because they don’t ever deal with the root cause of their pain and problems. I also provide statistics about sexual abuse, as well as signs and prevention tips for parents and caretakers. Most importantly, I share how I was able to overcome the abuse after years of suffering in silence.

A FREE AUDIO PROMO OF THE FIRST THREE PAGES OF "THE ENEMY BETWEEN MY LEGS" CAN BE HEARD ONLINE AT: http://www.stephanieljones.com/TEBML_Audio_Promo_9-13-08.mp3

Some points about child molestation:

  • One in 3 females and 1 in 5 males are molested by age 18.
  • 66% of teen pregnancies and abortions are preceded by sexual assault.
  • 96% of teen prostitutes were sexual abuse victims.
  • 75% of rapists were sexual abuse victims.
  • 60% of children who experience abuse and neglect are more likely to be arrested.
  • Sexual abuse victims often suffer self-esteem, health, financial and weight problems.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Most of the book was derived from questions that people asked me while I was out speaking at schools and conferences. Of course I prayed about what all should be included, because I wanted to make sure that people didn’t close the cover feeling depressed.

What’s next for you?

Besides the second book, I’m not sure yet. I take it one day at a time! I’m really just focused on going out into the world and getting face-to-face with people. I want them to hear the story of someone who once was a victim and now look into the eyes of a survivor.

Where can we find you online?

www.stephanieljones.com