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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Q&A with Kimberley B. Jones, author of OUR FRIENDSHIP MATTERS



Q: What led you to write a YA novel?

A: I started writing children's books, then I wanted to write more and branched off in YA novels addressing issues in today's society, hoping to reach a younger group will be our future.

Q: How long did it take you to complete this book?

A: To complete Our Friendship Matters, it took 2.5 years of revising and editing to get it to the point where it would be ready for my audience.

Q: Do you outline your plots or let the characters guide your stories?

A: Yes, I outline my plots and characters. I can't write without outlining. Once I have an outline, I can then write and always go back after the book has been written. To have the characters, I outline their personalities so that I can remember how they perform in a novel. For instance, Sasha and Leah are two different characters. One gets good grades, and the other has the attitude of not caring. I have to maintain their personalities throughout the entire novel.

Q: For the book’s cover, did you relay a vision to the publisher, or was the design solely their doing?

A: Yes, I had a vision for the cover that I wanted, and my publisher had one as well. I wanted it to be colorful because today's young adults love bright colors, and I wanted a cover that you couldn't miss or pass by in a bookstore.

Q: Based on the summary of the book, it sounds like a prominent read considering the state of our country right now. Did these events inspire this book, or was it just coincidence?

A: The country has been facing these issues for a while. It was a coincidence, but the topic has been an ongoing situation. I wrote this book 2.5 years ago, and here we are facing the same problems.

Q: How has the overall response for the book been?

A: It has been great. I've been writing guest posts and speaking on the topic on several platforms, reaching my audience, and speaking to young adults trying to make a difference.

Q: How do you deal with negative feedback?

A: With negative feedback, I just read what a person wrote and take it into consideration. But, their feedback doesn't matter to me because it's their opinion against mine. At the end of the day, everybody has their own opinion. We will all not like oranges together.

Q: What’s something you hope readers will take away from this book?

A: I hope readers can look through both characters and learn that together we can change the world but separately, we will only stay divided. Teaching diversity should be a course in America, and teaching our children the hardship that other ethnic groups overcame to be here today is very important. Things won't change if we don't change.

 

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