Today we're excited to chat with Kimberley B Jones author of
Our Friendship Matters.
Read on for more about Kimberley and her book!
Meet Kimberley B Jones!
Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters.
When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing , it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don't want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.
Meet Our Friendship Matters!
Leah and Sasha are 17-year-old friends who had been close to one another since elementary school, but as the summer approaches they find their friendship tested in ways they never anticipated.
Following graduation, Sasha’s privileged life and perception of the world around her is suddenly altered when an old childhood friend persuades her to join in a campaign against an injustice after his best friend is killed by a cop.
But joining the protest has unforeseen consequences for Sasha, distancing her from Leah, who becomes jealous of Sasha’s new friends and finds herself on the opposing side, protesting alongside her group of new white friends.
As the tension mounts between the two bitterly opposed factions, a tragedy strikes and threatens to make Sasha and Leah enemies. Can they find a way to resolve their differences, putting them to the side and learn to accept each other’s viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
During the time of my mom passing, I needed to channel my feelings onto another surface. While in the hospital, she encouraged me to keep writing. Everything I do is for her. She always knew I had a passion for writing. When I returned home to Missouri the death of another African American was all over the news. I began stressing to my husband about all the police brutality that we have encountered year after year. I was fearing for his life, my son’s life, and both African American males. I wanted justice for all the people killed amongst the hands of a police officer and not just a slap on the wrist. In between the time of me mourning for my mom passing and angry from all the police brutality amongst African Americans, I had so many mixed feelings. So, I decided to write a novel and put all my feelings towards Our Friendship Matters. This was three years ago and it’s sad how we are still living this today in 2020.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
With Our Friendship Matters, the title came first. I wanted the title to fit the novel and I already know what I wanted to write. I wanted to write about friends coping through such a big movement and how teenagers would handle social justice issues.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Yes. I have several. A Mr. Good bar or a box of chocolate peanuts. Of course, a morning cup of coffee to top the day.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
There is also room for growth and a way to become a better writer. I’m not no Stephen King, but I can become a writer just as good as him. There’s always room for improvement. With that being said, my expression through my writing is what makes me and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Our Friendship Matters cover gives me life. The cover also tells the reader that these two girls are full of drama and something is going to happen that I really want to know about.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Yes, I am working on a romance box setter project with my publishing, which is new to me because I never thought in a day that I would be writing romance. For myself, I am writing another novel that’s dealing with racial injustice and you can say that it does have a little police brutality but it’s coming from a southern point of view. During the editing process of Our Friendship Matters, I have actually written 3 novels, dealing with social justice and women rights.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I actually like the revising process. It’s like seeing your baby growing through their milestones.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Any organization dealing with cancer hold a close spot to my heart. Because it reminds me of my mother and how hard we fought for her to survive. So, the month of October is very special to me and anything cancer I support.
Our Friendship Matters
By: Kimberley B Jones
Release Date: October 5th, 2020