So, here I am, 2008. I am now in an apartment with two women I met at KU (you know who you are. Just know I still love both of you tremendously). We had some good times and some bad times, but I would not trade any of that for the world. When both of those women left and did their own thing, I stayed behind. I started working three jobs. I was doing great; until I met the father of my child. (There are some parts in this story I am going to skip due to space).
Everything started off great but shortly after he started stealing from me, he couldn't keep a job, and didn't contribute to the bills. I tried helping his as best as I can. While trying to help him, I lost myself. During that time, I became pregnant and on March 12, 2010 I gave birth to my daughter, Zyon Love Jones-Pool. In that same year, I was evicted from my first apartment, lost my grandmother (who I was really close with) and my youngest sister, Ta'Mya, who was only 9 when she passed away. I never properly grieved. I kept trying to keep all three of us above water while slowly dying internally due to not having an outlet. Eventually, everything came crashing down at once, for the second time. February of 2014 I lost my job, I lost my apartment, and my sanity as me and my child became homeless. The father of my child had somewhere to go but I did not. At this time, I was estranged from my family and he refused to take her. To this day, I am not mad at him for that decision. To be honest, him not taking her saved my life. So, my then three year old and I slept in my car, on people's couches, and in motel rooms, just to name a few places. We bounced from place to place. I made it into a game for her. Till this day, she loves camping. Although I made it great for her during the day, at night, I cried. Thinking I was never going to get out of this predicament.
During my time with Cedar Loft Publishing, there has been many hiccups, but, instead of booting me, they offered me opportunities that I would have gotten nowhere else. It is through those opportunities, I realized just how brilliant I am. It took me almost losing my title as author for me to realize my true potential. If it were not for Cedar Loft Publishing, I would not be as successful as I am today. I hold a title that most people dream about without a college degree. I have been awarded opportunities that most people spend years trying to obtain, I got them in a matter of weeks. I have wrote more books in a year and a half then most authors, but through it all, I have remained humble and I think that is why I have gotten as far as I have.
My favorite quote of all time comes from, none other than, Dr. Seuss. The quote is simply this: "Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?" It wasn't until I lost everything and had to build myself up from the ground up that I truly understood who I was. Yes, there are days that I still get depressed and compare my work to others, but that is normal. It is human nature. The point is, even though I have those moments, I still press on. I have never quit. I do not take no for an answer. If you are wanting to get anywhere in life, you have to learn two things.
1. No one will love you until you love yourself. Why? Simple, because if someone loves you, and you do not love yourself, who are they loving? Are they loving a prototype created to appease that person? Loving yourself comes with knowing yourself. Knowing yourself comes with experience. Experience comes with time. Do not rush this process. Great wine is not made overnight, but with age.
2. If you do not believe in yourself, then why should anyone else? (That does not need an explanation lol)
As I mentioned before, I have been through a lot. This page only gives the tip of the iceberg. I have been through hell and back. I have seen, experienced, and done some things that I am not proud of, but it has shaped me into who I am today. Embrace who you are, cherish the TRUE friendships that you have in your life, make mistakes and learn from them, love, live, but NEVER compromise who you are, where you come from, and what you have been through. Your life is a testimony. Use it as a blueprint to be a better you.
Ok, I am done preaching I swear, lol.
I can create elaborate worlds with very complex and intricate plots and character development. I can also write poems and songs that not only make you feel emotional but make you think. I can also write up a brilliant marketing plan based on the strengths of any artist or author. Although I can do all of those things, writing about myself still is one of the biggest challenges to me. It's not that I do not know what to say, it is how to say it. I have had a lot of things happen to me throughout my life. Most of which are troubling. These things matured me and made me into the person I am today. Although the stories, people, and situations don't bother me that much anymore, it is still difficult to write. So, I will attempt to write this section with information that pertains to how I got into the position that I am in today. Understand, this is not the full story by far. The day will come when that story will be told, but today, I open up a bit of myself to you. Today, I become transparent. Today, you get to see part of the make-up of TL Jones.
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I was born Ty'esha Lashea Jones to my mother, Novella Jones (she hates her middle name or else I would list it lol). I am the oldest of five children; two boys, three girls. My mother instilled in me a long time ago that nothing is without reach, but you have to work hard in order to get it. I saw her struggle most of my life trying to make things work for us. Things oftentimes, in my adolescence, I didn't appreciate.
I graduated from Sumner Academy in 2007. During that time, I was a popular geek. Everyone knew who I was based on my talents but I never got invited to the parties. Also, I was very shy and did not have the highest self-esteem. So I escaped into my own world of acting, singing, writing, and anything arts related. When I graduated from Sumner and my mother dropped me off at the University of Kansas I was completely clueless. I had no idea what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, I didn't know what to expect in college, and, most importantly, I didn't know who I was as a person. I was a first generation college kid. I felt like I was thrown in with the wolves, and I was eaten alive. Needless to say, I put work before my studies and I was kicked out of KU. They stated I needed to go to another establishment, take six credit hours, pass them and then I could return. That was in 2008.
Current Titles Held
Director of Marketing for Cedar Loft Publishing
Publicist to multiple artist
Social Media Literary consultant
ABOUT TL JONES
In July of 2014 I came back fighting. I got a job, a place, and even started dating. Although I couldn't keep up with everything I still had a roof over my head and I vowed that me and my daughter will never be in that position ever again in life. The man I was dating, we were not together for a terribly long time, but we had one of those instantaneous connections that made it seem like we knew each other for years. Things move a bit too fast and ultimately, he left me, with no explanation. Just quit calling one day and I never heard from him again. It rocked my world, and not in a good way.
So, by this time, my work friends (you know who you are and believe me, I will never forget any of you, you touched me more than you will ever know) were so tired of me being mopey I had to find another way to express myself. So, as I was going through my folders I found a story I started writing almost a whole year ago. It was only one paragraph. I started to write this book in May of 2015. It was a story revolving around what happened to Cinderella after she got married. I sent it to a couple of my friends and they sent it to a couple of their friends. Pretty soon, I had a fan club. It became a tele-novella. Every week I was REQUIRED to write another chapter. I finished the book in August of 2015. At the urging of my friends, I submitted the book to a couple of publishers. I got a couple of responses, but none were quite as personal as the one I received from Cedar Loft Publishing (then Cedar Loft Publication). After she read my book and commended me on my writing style, she offered me a three book deal and the rest is history.
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