Author Interview: T.L. Jones
T. L. Jones lives in South East Texas with her husband,
Dave, and Teacup Poodle, Winston. She is a military veteran
and a former police officer. T.L. uses her law enforcement
experience to bring thrilling, believable mysteries to her
Along with a vivid imagination T. L. loves anything
paranormal and participates when possible in paranormal
investigations. T.L. is a member of East Texas Paranormal
She has a passion for writing and developing intriguing
characters for her books. When time and weather permits,
you will find her scuba diving with her husband.
T. L. is an avid reader and enjoys hearing from her readers.
Social Media Links:
Twitter: @T LJONESAUT HOR
Facebook: T L Jones Author
Links To Purchase Books:
My web site link.
Link to buy Jaded Visions on Amazon.com (available in
Link to buy Jaded Visions on Amazon.com (available ebook)
When did you first realize you
wanted to be an Author?
Being an author has always held appeal for me, but wasn’t
something I thought I could actually do. I put it off for years
and finally decided; why not? It came naturally to me. I am
very fortunate. T he unfortunate part is I wasted a lot of time
by not trying.
What would you say is your
interesting quirk that only
happens when you are writing?
I’m not sure this is considered a “quirk”, but I find I cannot
write unless I feel the urge. It comes on me all of a sudden
and then when I sit at my keyboard the words flow almost of
their own accord. It’s kind of freaky. If I’m not feeling the urge
it’s like a writer’s block happens to me.
What was one of the most
surprising things you learned in
writing your books?
I’m not a quick-witted type so when I realized I could actually
tell a story that made people laugh, it was an exciting thing
for me. People tell me my books bring out emotions in them
while they are reading such as; laughing, crying, fear,
excitement, etc. I love to hear back from my readers.
Where did you get ideas for your
This is always a very difficult question for me. I really don’t
know where my books come from. I mean when I decided to
try my hand at writing I had no idea what genre I would write,
no storyline, no characters, nothing thought out. I sat down
with my laptop and four hours later I had the first three
chapters of Jaded Visions finished. I have been able to
repeat this same style with my other three novels.
Out of all the books you have
written which is your favorite and
Oh wow! Now this is impossible to answer. I have things
about each book that I simply love. To single one out would
be like asking a “Mother” to tell you which of her children is
What do you think makes a good
I would have to say first it has to be a subject that interest
me, then keep me engrossed as it plays out. The characters
need to be believable the storyline does as well. I want the
story to flow like a movie for me, not something I’m just
Who are some of your favorite
I have several authors that I enjoy, of course, there are the
well known authors such as, Mary Higgins Clark, Kay
Hooper, Charlain Harris, Nora Roberts, but I also enjoy
unknown authors such as, Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, Cheryl
Bradshaw, Janni Nell, Connie Shelton and many more. I read
extensively and do not keep to a few authors. I read
unknowns, as well as, well known.
If you could pick one actor to
play a character in your book in
the movie version, who would it
Channing Tatum would make an incredible “Ryan Douglas”
in Jaded Visions.
Who are some of the people that
influenced your love of writing?
I would say first and foremost is my mom. She gave me a
passion for reading and opening the door to my imagination.
I am extremely fortunate to have a husband and grown
children support me and push me when the need arises.
T here are so many wonderful people in my life that are there
for me while I struggle in this competitive industry.
What kind of TV shows do you
like and do you find that as a
Paranormal Writer that you
gravitate toward True Blood,
Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and
others that center around
Preternatural or Supernatural
I watched TV series such as, True Blood, Vampire Diaries,
Ghost Whisperer, Drop Dead Diva, and Medium, but they
soon lost my interest. I would rather read a good book then
watch TV any day.
How are your Supernaturals
different from the traditional
My novels have people with different psychic abilities.
Instead of going with the “predetermined” way everyone
thinks of these types I go straight to the source. I have many
contacts from attending paranormal conventions that
answer questions for me concerning their gifts. I want my
novels to ring as true as possible in all ways.
What is your view on the
Paranormal “Craze” that’s going
on; do you feel that it is a fad?
I believe the “Paranormal Craze” has been around for years
and years, but the term ‘paranormal’ had such a taboo
affixed to it that people were too closed minded and not
willing to explore further. Now with all the information and
technology it has become more acceptable. I believe it will be
around for quite some time.
What other genres do you write?
I write mystery and suspense in
with the paranormal. I am a former police officer so I can
enhance my novels with truth of
experience in an entertaining manner.
If you had one piece of advice for
an aspiring Author what would it
Never give up, never edit your own work, and always check
out the final product before it is released. Something I wish I
had known starting out. Sometimes we get to excited to see
our books in print and take ‘people’ at their word. I could tell
you a horror story, I’m sure many other new author’s
experienced as well. 😦
What would you like to say to
friends and family of Authors (not
just your own)?
The most important thing to remember about your author
friend/family member, is they are creative so be patient, be
supportive, and truthful. When they ask “What do you think?”
Be honest! Most of us wouldn’t ask if we didn’t want to
know. We’re tougher than you think and can take your
suggestions if given tactfully.
Is there anything else you want
to share with your readers?
I love feedback from my readers, good or bad. I’m always
listening to what you have to say. I also want them to know I
“chose” to self-publish. I had a publisher, but the experience
was horrible so I chose to do it myself. T his doesn’t make
me an “unpublished author” it makes me a go getter!
An Excerpt from:
Jade settled Emmie in the rear car seat, and they left the
security of their little cabin hideaway. She tried to figure out
the best way to explain their meeting with her dad and Ryan.
Emmie steadily watched Jade through the mirror. Her
expression full of questions, but Jade still didn’t have
answers. Figuring she’d better start a conversation with
Emmie, and hopefully stave off the questions she knew
would start soon.
“Emmie, do you have family here besides your mom and
“Yeah, my Aunt Annie. She goes to school.”
“Do you know the name of Annie’s school?” She asked
“Yeah the school is named college, silly.”
“Oh. Does Annie have kids?”
“No. . . Jade?”
“Can I go home so I can see Harry? I think he’s hungry, and
“Who’s Harry?” Jade’s heart began to pound rapidly.
“Harry’s my dog.”
“I didn’t know you had a dog, Emmie. Why don’t you tell me
about Harry.” Whew, too close for comfort. Crud, why would
another kid pop into my mind?
“He’s a big dog and very smart. He can sit, and shake paws;
he even rolls over if you tell him to. I miss Harry.”
Now Jade had another problem. Harry! She didn’t even
know Emmie’s address. Would a six year old know her
address? “I’ll take you home later, and we’ll take care of
Harry together.” Jade drove on her mind goin in circles.
She’d have to tell Emmie the truth soon.
First things first she needed to deal with her apprehension
in seeing Ryan, now that he knew her secret. What had he
thought about her? Did he consider her a crazy loon?
Would he want proof of her visions? Ha! Of course he’d
want proof; he’s a cop! How in the world could she appear
normal, hold a normal conversation with him when he knew
her secret? Hell too much thinking can hurt anyone’s selfconfidence
she just needed to let it go.
Emmie still watched her through the mirror, so Jade decided
to take the bull by the horns. “You know we’re going to see
my dad, his name’s Walt, and he’s very excited to meet you.”
Jade paused, giving Emmie a chance to think about this.
“He’ll probably ask you all kinds of questions, but you don’t
have to answer anything you don’t want to.”
“Is your daddy mean?” Emmie looked frightened and Jade’s
“No, sweetie, he’s very nice, I think you’ll like him. Do you
“Yeah, my grammy lives in New York, and my nanny is in
“No grandfathers, grandpa’s?”
“No Gramps died, but Grammy says he’s alive in our hearts.
Do you have a grammy and gramps?”
“No mine died a long time ago. My mom died too, but your
grammy is right, my mom lives on in my heart.”
T he closer they got to her dad’s house, the sharper the
panic stabbed inside. She decided to stall a while. “Hey do
you like ice cream, kiddo?”
“Oh yeah,” she yelled excitedly.
Jade felt Emmie needed more time, she knew she did. She
drove past Walt’s house to a popular ice cream parlor.
“What’s your favorite flavor?” Jade did her best to keep the
chatter light as she parked the car.
“Do you want a cone or a sundae?”
“A cone please.” Emmie’s face lit up with a huge smile and
“Okay, one strawberry cone, and one chocolate cone it is.”
Jade sat Emmie down on a chair. “Wait right here.” Turning
to the young girl at the counter, she ordered their treats.
While she waited, she kept her gaze on Emmie. She looked
so tiny, and alone, sitting there with her short legs dangling,
moving back and forth with anticipation. Once again, she
wondered what would happen to this child. Emmie’s face lit
up when she saw the cones.
“Yummy, my cone,” she said as she reached for the pink one
and began licking it with enthusiasm. “Everyone likes
chocolate, Mommy says only special people like strawberry.”