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21 August, 2012

Author Intro: Who Is Tavares Jones?

1. At what age did you start writing?
I started writing at age four.

2. What was the first thing you wrote?
The first thing I wrote was actually a message in the form of a drawing. When I was four, there was this girl who stayed next door that I liked. So I drew this stick-figure picture of a boy and a girl holding hands with a question mark off to the right. However, it didn’t work out as I had planned because she took the piece of paper, wadded it up, and threw it in the trash.

3. What led you back to writing after placing it on the backburner for so long to focus solely on your love for football?
After my time was up on the field, I was hurt by a lot of people I thought loved me. I was looking for someone to vent to after my then-girlfriend walked out on our three-year relationship a month before I was going to propose. As I was sitting on the floor leaning against the wall next to my bed crying, wondering how could she do something like that after how special I had always treated her, God put it on my heart to get up, walk over to my laptop, and start writing. Writing slowly but surely carried me through heartbreak and feeling the lowest I had ever felt.

4. In your bio I read that you have five sisters. What effect does that have on your writing, being that most readers are women?
I think being around women so much molded me into being a bit more emotional than most men, while at the same time giving me firsthand knowledge of when to be sensitive and when to be assertive. In turn, it shows in my writing.

5. Tell us a little about your debut novel, Crushed Love?
Crushed Love is an urban novel written from a woman’s perspective. It’s about a young single mother who allows her obsession for dating a bad boy to destroy the relationship she has with her four-year-old son. I wrote this novel because there are so many men who don’t understand what a woman goes through after sacrificing so much to be with a man, only to wind up having her heart broken. I think it will enlighten men to be a little more sensitive and appreciative of the countless sacrifices women make, while at the same time, enlightening women to be a bit more mindful about the type of men they trust to be around their children.

6. When and where will your debut novel, Crushed Love, be available?
The eBook will be available beginning July 15, 2012 for Kindle, Nook, and iPad. The paperback will be available beginning August 15, 2012 at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Indigo, Amazon, Better World Books, and everywhere else books are sold.

7. Where can readers find out more about you, your debut novel, and your writing plans for the future?
Readers can find out more about me on my official website. I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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