Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello, my name is Rashonda Jones Aiken. I am 46 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Rahway, New Jersey
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a wife, mother of twin girls who are 21 yrs old. Their names are Wynter (college) and SeQuince (disabled) with cerebral palsy (wheelchair bound). Wynter is in her junior year of college. Her studies are journalism, communications and public relations. She is soon to be a new author for 2018. SeQuince is an author. We are self published authors with our own publishing company. I have been married for 21 yrs. I have 5 nieces and 1 nephew (6months). I work for a manufacturing company in New Jersey for the past 16 yrs.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am working on my first novel due to release 2018 along with another children’s book and a calibration with my daughter SeQuince.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started when I first helped my daughter SeQuince with her first book then three more after that. I created my first children’s coloring book All About The Animals & Alphabet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t at first until I did two anthologies: Love, Marriage & Divorce. I wrote the story on Marriage. My second anthology is I CAN HEAR YOUR HEART with other authors. I did the story on Suicide because it was closed to home.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I am still working on that as we speak. But if you are referring to the coloring book, I wanted to do something for kids with all abilities to learn their alphabets. I know how hard it was for my daughter to learn at a slow pace.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
All kids love animals. All kids want to learn. All kids like to color. The coloring book also has fun facts about each animal.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No, I don’t have a particular style. I write as it flows through my head. I have a lot of author’s as friends. A few of them always say, just write. You can change and edit later. They were right.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None so far!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t travel for research for the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have a designer that I use for my daughter books out of Canada. We love her to pieces. You tell her what you are thinking for the cover and she comes back with a vision that you didn’t expect. We have not been disappointed yet.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Well, when it comes out next year 2018, I would say you would never think that your loved one will try to kill you.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I can only say my designer when I brought her the idea.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, not really. I wouldn’t quit my job to do so unless I won a lottery ticket. (smile)
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am still learning as I write. I am learning how to break up the story into chapters. It sounds dumb, but it is something I don’t think about. I’ll ask my editor where to separate.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That is something I would have to think about later down the road.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Be more creative. A lot of books I read, has no creativity because people are taking other people’s hard work and transforming into their own.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Write from the heart.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My first childhood book was about Dr. Martin Luther King. As an adult, Satin Dolls. I read it like three times. I had the pleasure of meeting the author in person.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My daughters make me laugh. Sappy movies make we cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would to meet Oprah Winfrey for her vision on different things in life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to shop, go to the movies, entertain my family, create different crafts.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Law & Order, SVU (old shows and new), Chicago Fire, Med, PD, to name a few!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite color is blue, tacos, deep fried chicken (hubby makes), crab legs. Not too much into music. I listen to the radio to and from work in the car.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I still have my day job. I will continue to work with my daughter on her books and promote them. If didn’t write anymore, no loss for me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Beloved daughter, mother, wife, aunt who loved her family and friends.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Website is under construction right now, but I am on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.
Who Is Rashonda Jones-Aiken
Rashonda is a mother and wife who was raised by her single mother and family. She was taught to be independent, humble, open-minded, and generous and was told to always respect your elders.
While Rashonda was taking care of everyone else, she had to make sure she gets time to herself. She started reading different books here and there. Not specific genre, but something to read in her spare time.
A few years later, Rashonda became a club member to a book club in New Jersey called Black Voices, remaining with them for a about two years. The book club later dispersed and everyone went their separate ways. Rashonda kept reading various author books, but she had a few favorites that she would follow on social media.
After nine years, Rashonda was accepted into the book club- Literary Ladies based out of New Jersey. Rashonda has currently been a member for the past eight years. She is also L2 Face Book and Twitter administrator for the club.
Rashonda is the Founder and a new children’s book author under her publishing company Rahway Girlz Publishing along with her daughter’s Se’Quince and Wynter. She currently resides in New Jersey with her twin daughters and husband.