Tell us about yourself.
Shenette Jones is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and she claims Memphis as her second home! Tennessee is not only where Shenette’s vocal blues/jazz roots are linked, but it also carries the history of her writing origins. Poetry clubs, creative writing associations, and playwright groups kept Shenette actively pursuing her writing passion. On the Campus of Shelby state Community college, Shenette majored in vocal performance while writing for the newspaper staffs. In the year 2010, she released her first national published work in the anthology, Home Again; Stories of Restored Relationships by Award winning best-selling Author, Wanda B. Campbell. Today Shenette is proud to release her debut Novel, entitled Uncovered. This book is available through Barnes and Noble, amazon, and Shenette’s website and the site of her publisher, pulsepub.net.
What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?
In the past, I’ve done everything from Medical EKG’S to retail for high end fashion boutiques and stores. I’m a Certified Personal training specialist and dance aerobics instructor. As a speaker, I travel to speak for various fitness and wellness events; my absolute favorite job is my career as a performer (jazz contemporary)
Who are your favorite authors?
Wanda B. Campbell, Francine Rivers, Tony Morrison, Stormie Omartian
What are your favorite books?
Illusions, The Power of a Praying Wife, Boundaries, Redeeming Love, The Color Purple, The Shack
When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?
At the age of 7 my grandmother would ask me to crawl on to her bed to tell her a story. It was something to look forward to, and I later turned my imagination into written short stories. I began to journal at the age of 8 and I still amazingly own every journal from the age of 11! ‘So enjoyable to look back on all my writing’. After seeing the movie, Roots, I can recall stapling over 50 pieces of paper together to create a story of my own about the African-American journey through slavery. Writing became my most treasured hobby. Although Singing and Performing were the obvious talents, writing became an escape for me…a way to express my greater creativity. I joined writing clubs, newspaper staffs in schools, poetry groups, and theater productions of which I attempted my own plays as well.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
After reading an incredible Christian Fiction novel entitled Illusions by Wanda B. Campbell, I simply emailed her personally to share with her what an impact her story had made upon my heart. I thought it was brilliantly written and I quickly identified with her writing because it was realistic and not a watered down Christian fiction story. This was the way I vowed to myself to always keep my writing. To my surprise she returned an email rather quickly and I expressed my desire to publish one day. After sharing my written work with her she encouraged me to continue with the words, “Your work should be in Print!” I was chosen to be one of her 8 writers in the Anthology, HOME AGAIN; STORIES OF RESTORED RELATIONSHIPS. I met incredible other authors from across the United States, and the experience was phenomenal. Today I celebrate the release of Uncovered which is the full novel to the work that was written as a short story in the anthology. I give credit to Wanda B. Campbell for giving the gift of time to mentor me and encourage me as an author.
Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day?
Not a full time writer, but it often feels that way. Between promoting through social media, writing my mom blog (THE FROGGY BLOGGY) and working on my next novel, I spend at least 4 hours a day writing. As a singer/songwriter, when I am not writing stories, I am writing songs in the studio with my husband. It never ends and I like it that way!
About the Book
After 5 years of marriage, Minister Stephanie Hall’s patience wears thin with her husband’s disinterest in sexual intimacy. With her desire for closeness and attention causing her faith to plummet, Stephanie fights an inner struggle of beauty and self-acceptance as her desperate need to be adored grows out of control…
Markus Hall wishes his past would go away, but the haunting events of his childhood years keep him distant from his wife Stephanie, and her constant requests for sex only push him away and remind him of the very things he’d rather forget. When his boss calls upon Markus to tutor his stunningly gorgeous daughter for her college classes, he can’t resist such a tempting offer, feeling needed and important each time the beautiful tutorial student looks into his eyes…
Suspecting that the relationship between her husband and the Indian beauty is more intimate than it seems, Stephanie decides to take matters into her own hands: weary with prayer, she abandons her faith and finds gratification in the arms of Matthew King, a church member’s husband…
With Markus and Stephanie’s healing seemingly too far to reach, they both find themselves searching for anything that resembles true love; however, in the pursuit of their new passion, the troubled spouses soon find themselves uncovered in a bitter storm of infidelity. Will this God fearing couple return to their faith and mend their brokenness…?
About the Author
Shenette Swann Jones is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but will always claim Memphis, Tennessee, as her second home. Coming from a family of talented singers and musicians, music has always played a first role in Shenette’s life, but writing would always remain her most treasured gift among her other talents. When Shenette wasn’t singing or choreographing a dance routine, she would escape to her many journals or poetry clubs, and eventually even a newspaper staff or two. From music to writing, her passion for life shines in every multifaceted direction she takes.
Today, Shenette is a motivational speaker, a community activist, an incredibly diverse vocalist, and a new novelist. The year 2010 saw Shenette’s first published work in “Home Again; Stories of Restored Relationships”, a heartwarming anthology by award winning author Wanda B. Campbell. Since then, Shenette has perfected her craft as a writer in order to produce her first novel, Uncovered. When she isn’t blogging, journaling, or creating another story, Shenette enjoys taking an aggressive stand in the community against domestic violence and sexual assault. She also advocates strongly for youth education rights and racial relations within her community.
After 13 years of marriage and two wonderful sons, Shenette is thoroughly excited to return to writing full-time and hopes to use her imagination as a tool of inner healing, self-reflection, and a great source of entertainment for others.
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