INTERVIEW | C.M. Jones

Claudette, describe yourself for our visitors.

I love to read, write, cook and listen to music. I like gospel, R&B, and some Rap music. I enjoy working with the youth ministry, ages 12-18. I mentor teen girls in Germany

How do you find time to connect with God?

I often turn off everything while I am in the car on a long drive and talk to the Lord. Sometimes I get up early and pray and read my bible.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Reshonda Tate Billingsley, T. D. Jakes, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Terry McMillian, just name a few.

The Pastor’s Wife (or anything by Reshonda), Woman Thou Art Loosed, Naked and Not Ashamed (T.D. Jakes) One In A Million, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and many others.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My publication journey was one full of faith and excitement. I decided when I turned 25 that I was going finally publish some of my work and I begin to seek out self-publishing companies. I researched publishing and what it takes for years but I was fearful of letting others read my work, always afraid of what they might say. Then I decided that I was going to walk in my destiny because God truly has not given us the spirit of fear. I found a self-publishing company that seemed to have all that I needed, Author House. They were great, they walked with me every step of the way. I give them rave reviews.

Tell us about your current book?

My current book, I Still Do, is written in the genre of Inspirational Fiction and is about overcoming adversities through the power of God. The characters in the story have every material thing that many people wish they had, e.g., money, power, families and great careers, but they still have deeper issues. The issues range from childhood traumas, to lack of trust in marriage and even divorce. These are real life adversities that people face each day but the story line is fiction.

I Still Do is about inspiring the readers to try a different way to deal with their life adversities; it’s about inspiring people to try Christ.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I started writing this book at a time when I was going through some really rough times in my personal life and it was how I dealt with it. I begin to write and just let it flow, that is always how I have dealt with things in my life, I begin to write and I am always surprised at the outcome, as I was with this book.

What’s next for you?

I Still Do is my first published book but I am working on the sequel to I Still Do, as well as, a novella entitled He Left Me. There is a preview of He Left Me in the back of I Still Do.

I am going to continue to promote my books, get them into the book stores, and keep looking for an agent/publisher. I want to go far with my writings. I want to do movies based on my books so the sky is the limit for me.

Where can visitors find you online?

Visitors can find me online at www.cmjonestheauthor.com and on MySpace at www.myspace.com/cmjonestheauthor. And they can find my book online at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and BooksAMillion.com.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. C. M. Jones at 5:33 am

    Thank you so much for the support with my debut Novella. I am truly excited about the feedback that I have received from the readers. My next book is currently in the making.
    Lots of Love,
    C. M. Jones

  2. Dana Pittman at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Written Voices Blog for featuring this interview with C. M. Jones.

  3. Claudette Mitchener at 12:51 pm

    I am still excited about your book! Today I went to Barnes and Noble at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The book was not on the shelf, but the gentleman was so kind. He said they were out of the book, but it had been on the shelf. I ordered a book for $10.99 and he said it would be in the store in 4 to 5 days and he would give me a call. He put my phone number into the system with the order. I did not have to pay any money to put the order in. The process was very user friendly. I sold one book today. The check will be made out to C. M. Jones and I will mail to you. As I get orders and collect money, I will go to Barnes and Nobel and put the order in. This way the store will begin to stock your book again. This is a good lesson for other people interested in how to promote “I Still Do”. I am also excited about the short story “He Left Me”. Can’t wait til you are done!!!