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Thursday’s Thoughts featuring author Jorja Tabu #BWWM #swirlromance


Welcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday in the month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions posed to them.

One of November’s featured authors is Jorja Tabu.

How long have you been writing?  

Forever.  Seriously.  The first book I wrote (and still have) was an epic My Little Ponies fantasy story when I was four years old.  I drew each page, all forty of them.  The daycare worker that diligently wrote down all of my brilliant thoughts in the little speech bubbles (I guess it was more of a graphic novel?) was named Heather–I am so thankful for all of the kind people that helped me along the way, and she was the first.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?  

Doug Wilder, of course!  Richmond representing.

What do you consider to be your hidden or uncommon talent?  

I love to hula hoop, but I’m not particularly talented; I’m better at cooking, which is much more common.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?  

I am a very family oriented person, and picnics at the beach with my extended family and friends are the absolute best way to spend a day for me.  Especially while I hula-hoop badly, and make decent food 😉


Who is Jorja Tabu ? She is a self-proclaimed raunchy heretic and writer that dabbles in anything sultry, shiny, sexy, sin-bent or soulful. Her blog and twitter are the best places to catch ramblings about upcoming books, feminism, horror movies, and the many and varied reasons why Canada is sexy.


Book Blurb: Imani Cartwright left the rough world of her childhood in Virginia almost a decade ago. Among the broken pieces she abandoned were her best friend, Monica, and the ruined young man that swore he would love her forever, Roman O’Malley. Her brother, Tyreke, a passionate advocate who turns to the UFC to save their neighborhood, can’t forgive her for leaving.

She hasn’t spoken to anyone back home but her mother for over a year when the phone finally rings, and suddenly the rift between the past and her new life has grown too wide for anyone to cross… But Death.

When her brother is murdered Imani has no one but old friends and enemies to turn to. Did Roman O’Malley, UFC Prize-Fighter and her brother’s former best friend, kill Tyreke? What happened to Monica, the sweet young girl who was Imani’s best friend? And if they’re innocent, then who killed Ty?

A Galaxy of Scars spans a decade, an epic love, and contains rough language and adult sexuality and situations. It is meant for mature audiences.



Thursday’s Thoughts featuring author Nath Jones #indieauthor @MsNathJones

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Welcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday in the month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions posed to them.

One of October’s featured authors is Nath Jones.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing my whole life. I made a real commitment to the work in 2007. On New Year’s Eve of that year I had invitations to five parties and thought, “I don’t want to go to any of these. I want to write a book.” So I stayed home and wrote one.

What is your favorite style of music and why?

When I’m writing I listen to Downtempo, Psychill, Ambient or Electro House. It’s difficult to work with words if I’m listening to music that has a focus on lyrics. Rhythmic music works very well.

I listen to Chicago radio in the car, B96 or 104.3. I tend to put a great deal of pressure on myself so fun upbeat music is important. I listen to whatever’s light and happy, K-Pop even, or sometimes Polish morning radio. I do appreciate quality sound though. I grew up surrounded by classical music. On a recent drive back from New York I ran across 91.1 The Globe. [http://www.globeradio.org]

If you could be a bird, which one would you choose and why?

My dad was an avid ornithologist so I could be here all day: African Grey Parrot (entertainer, gorgeous), Red Knot (world traveler), maybe one of the kites (so dramatic). But if I have to choose one, then I’d be a black-bellied plover, which is all of that and more.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I enjoy coffee with friends, usually one-on-one. Right now I’m listening to the cicadas and traffic. I go for walks, read, text a lot, mess around on Facebook a lot a lot.


Who is Nath Jones? Born in Rensselaer, Indiana, a small farming community with a Catholic college, Nath Jones was raised by East Coast parents who made their home in a cornfield town. Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones received an MFA in creative writing from Northwestern University. Her writing compilations include both fiction and nonfiction. Her publishing credits include PANK Magazine, There Are No Rules, and Sailing World. She lives and writes in Chicago.


Radar Road: the Best of On Impulse highlights an exploration of twenty-first century narrative. In four collections that move from raw to refined, the On Impulse series invites the reader to contemplate how we use language now: online, in full-length books, and with each other. Morgan Kiger arranged this fifth collection to stand on its own while showcasing the series’s original trajectory from catharsis to craft.