Author Spotlight: Jasmine Jones

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Meet Jasmine Jones!

Jasmine Jones is an engineer at a Fortune 500 company in Washington, D.C., the chief executive visionary of J Squared Productions, and the author of “The Single Ladies’ Commandments: Songs for Love, Healing, Freedom, and Purpose”. Jasmine is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Operations Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with honors from Lawrence Technological University. Jasmine received her Master’s in Engineering Management from the Pennsylvania State University. Jasmine formerly competed in Miss America Scholarship pageants. She is the recipient of the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant National Academic Scholarship Award and held the title of Miss Lawrence Tech in 2011. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She enjoys STEMulating and mentoring young people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

 

When did your writing career begin?

I like to think my writing career began far before I set out to write “The Single Ladies’ Commandments”. Over the years, I’ve maintained journals with tons of personal stories including thoughts, reflections, and meditations. A couple years ago, a good friend and new author asked me to contribute my stories in her book of memoirs. Initially, I was hesitant to share my personal stories alongside other writers. My hesitation subsided when I thought about how my stories could help inspire other people.  A couple years later, I ventured out on my own endeavor. I began writing “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” to encourage women facing challenges in life and dating, and seeking to overcome those challenges.

How did J Squared Productions begin?

Growing up, I had a front row seat to entrepreneurship. Most of my childhood, my mother maintained a full-time job and a personal business endeavor from a children’s daycare to a cleaning agency to a clothing store to a rental property management company.

What was your motivation behind your business?

Needless to say, the entrepreneurship “bug” bit me too. J Squared Productions was birthed as a face to build my brand for “The Commandments Series”.  My vision is to expand J Squared Productions outside the realm of books and branch into other forms of media. In the future, I foresee J Squared Productions helping new writers through the book self-publishing process.

How did the whole “The Commandments” series begin?

Well women will just have to read the book to find out of course! But seriously, it began as a vision. I’ve always been good at recollecting songs both old and new and various genres and equating those songs to the years they were released. I guess it’s just more like a personal trivia game for me.  It wasn’t until my teenage years that I regularly attended church with my family. By that time, I was already heavily introduced to what many “church folk” would describe as secular music. At this time in my life, I was told I could no longer watch television channels like BET or listen to secular music. I tried for a time, but then it just didn’t sit right with me. I loved music, all  kinds and all genres and I couldn’t understand why I could no longer listen to every music genre I enjoyed whether it was gospel, hip-hop, pop, or otherwise.  Fast forward to adulthood, I was traveling on an early morning flight back home from Las Vegas and I felt as if God was leading me to write a devotional book that incorporated “secular music”. I was hesitant at first. One, I’m flying back home from Las Vegas aka Sin City. I wasn’t absolutely sure if God was leading me, but I began writing down the vision. When I returned home, I pretty much wrote non-stop daily devotionals and aligned the entries with 90 contemporary songs to encourage Single Ladies.

Let’s talk about the Single Ladies Commandments.  When is that set to release?  How long did it take for you to write the book?

“The Single Ladies’ Commandments” will be released January 7, 2017. Anyone who subscribes to my website has a chance to win a copy of the book before the official release date.  From the day I first began writing on my flight back from Las Vegas to the time I finalized the manuscript less than a year and a half had passed. Time really flies!

What is your message for all the single women who desire love and a relationship?

Seek God first. I feel like it’s cliché, but it certainly worked for me. For years, I failed one relationship after another; was left broken-hearted time and time again, and swore off all genuine “chances” of love.  I would like Single Ladies to realize as “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” ministers to them, recognize the process of writing it ministered to me. As I wrote each devotion, I traveled the spiritual journey to healing. Healing from every painful relationship, situationship, and any other thang I once claimed.  This process brought me to the moment where I can accept a healthy relationship. I am confident this 90-day process will prove successful for many other Single Ladies as well.

I just love your energy you bring to the table! What are your future plans for your business and book series?

As you know, “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” is the first installment in “The Commandments Series”. When I began writing the first installment, I realized I didn’t just want to help Single Ladies. In the upcoming books, you can expect to see daily devotionals dedicated for women in all walks and journeys of life.  In the future, I aspire to reach women not just through “The Commandments Series”, but various avenues including music and the arts. I feel as if the sky is not even the limit. Perhaps heaven is the true limit.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I really enjoy self-help books, which is likely one of the reasons I gravitated toward writing my own self-help book series. Some of my more recent inspirational reads include books by Valorie Burton and Gary Chapman.

Where does your motivation and inspiration come from?

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord. . .”

Psalm 121: 1 -2

My motivation, my inspiration, my help. . . it all comes from God. My vision to write “The Single Ladies’ Commandments”, the first and only devotional book to engage women via their interest and love for contemporary music, could have only come from God.

How can your readers connect with you?

Single Ladies, can connect with me via email: info@jsquaredproductionsonline.com, or by visiting my website: www.jsquaredproductionsonline.com. There, you can find direct links to all my social media handles and subscribe to my website.

If you would like to connect with me directly via social media, where I share inspirational content, you can follow me via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jsquaredprods

Instagram: @jsquaredproductions

Twitter: @jsquaredprods

 

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