For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
My name is Tracy James Jones and I am a blogger, reader, reviewer, writer, former actor and artist, with much love for films, music, books, and friendly people. :o) I write true-to-life like stories with real characters set in realistic human situations.
Born and raised in Waxahachie & Dallas, Texas, I have had a lifetime love affair with the entertainment industry. Starting with singing in my church choir, I later ventured into stage productions with my local community theater and eventually feature films.
I started writing in high school, with the help of an amazing Journalism teacher, which I continued as my major in college, with a minor in mass communications. Switching from journalism to creative writing came into play after I was offered the opportunity to write the life story of a local boxer, which later became a documentary film. Writing his story opened the door for me to begin writing my own novels and short stories
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
I don’t really do anything specific if a problem occurs when I am writing. Usually, I just leave the work for a minute to allow my thoughts to regroup around the scene or situation and then jump right back into it. My stories are usually one-step ahead of me all the time.
Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
My personal time is often spent with family and friends. Though I have a number of friends and fans online that I connect with on a regular basis, I like getting away from the computer and just hang with my local friends.
I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
Yes, all the people in my life know that I am a writer and they are very supportive of me and my work. Family and friends were my earliest fans and many of them continue to read and follow everything I write and do.
Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
Gosh. I have a lot of authors I follow, indie & traditional. In this part year I have read some amazing books by indie authors who are right up there with the best. Traditionally, I read Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice, Christopher Rice, Dean Koontz, etc… My favorite indie authors are Charity Parkerson, Bruce Blake, M.J. Webb & Edenmary Black. These are some authors that are really going to blow up in the publishing world real soon because they are excellent in what they do.
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
For someone I have read, I would say M.J. Webb’s YA Fantasy Adventure Series “Jake West” is an absolute winner for the big screen. Not sure on who could play the parts, but it would be a great follow up to the Harry Potter & Hunger Games films.
For my own books, I would say “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park,” one that has also been written into a screenplay. I have a long list of actors for that one which includes Aisha Tyler, Mila Kunis, Theo James, just to name a few.
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
Though I have my hands full with my new book/screenplay project, I also have a series in the works. “Secrets & Lies” is a part of that series. Book 2 in the series is written and I have yet to start the 3rd and final book. I hope to get into it soon.
Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
All of my books & short stories are listed on amazon.com, smashwords, and my facebook fan page.
Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
To date, my literary portfolio is 24 pages long, featuring talent resume, newspaper articles, book tours, author events, book promotions, and reviews. My writing includes 2 screenplay adaptations of my original fiction novels, “Searching For Eden” & “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park.” My novel, “Secrets & Lies,” is also being formatted for film. Altogether, I have four novels and two short stories available on Amazon. I am officially the first Black American Author from my hometown. Thank you so much for allowing me this time to share my story with you. Big hugs. :o)
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Tracy James Jones for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and dish.