IndieView with Sincere Jones, author of Illusions of Happiness

I started writing this book back in 2013. The answer is yes and no. It was definitely a learning experience. Each for a different reason of course. I try not to but it’s difficult. Of course, I had to have something to edit in front of me, which goes back to what was the hardest part. She reluctantly agrees to separate. However, I came to the conclusion that fiction would be way better as I could cover a broader range of topics. I don’t have a writing process. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? How long did it take you to write it? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? My favorite type of music is smooth Jazz. The only thing I do is write. Then I go back and write, attempting to tie everything together. George R.R. That I am working diligently to bring you high quality books with awesome stories. Did you hire a professional editor? I guess it all depends on the scene I’m writing and the feelings I’m trying to invoke. I like Carl Webber’s books because of the gritty and urban stories he chooses to tell. The core concept for this book came from my past experience in a relationship I had. It wasn’t what he envisioned for his life. Underneath all your hard work and labor is a story that someone needs to or wants to hear. This was my first-born novel; my baby. Martin, Maya Angelou, Carl Webber, and Eric Jerome Dickey are but a few authors who have influenced me. We were both bachelors at that time, discussing our latest experiences in the dating world. Way longer than it should have. I currently reside in Charlotte, NC. Right now it’s all about trying to see what works and what doesn’t in my creative process. I felt like going the traditional route would be a waste of time. Both authors have two totally different styles. You only have one chance to gain a new reader. The tracks with no lyrics are the best because I can write a story to them. Anquan begins to test the dating market in search for what he believes is an ideal mate: a younger more attractive woman. For example, I love George R. While dating he comes to the realization that he’s not every woman’s ideal man. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you have a target reader? We all know how important it is for writers to read. I don’t see the target audience being limited by age, ethnicity, or religious preferences. Of course, this upsets his wife as she does not want him to leave. If I was able to do this on my first novel I would have finished a lot sooner. I just do chapter headings and have a few sentences underneath detailing what that chapter is about. This was part of my learning curve as an author because I had to learn to let go and embrace the process. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? To seek out a traditional publisher and convince them to read my work after all that feels as if I need their approval to share my work with the world. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Yes!!! If you want to make a name for yourself in this business it’s important to brand yourself. I would encourage anyone who takes their writing seriously to do the same. If so can you please describe it? I put a lot of hard work, dedication, time, and money into this book. Children are grounds for automatic disqualification. This may change in the future as I’m still experimenting on what works best for me to complete big manuscripts. It fits perfectly into the story I wanted to tell. With this being my first book I’m still learning. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I honestly struggled the whole damn book. I’m currently experimenting with outlining on my next project. It’s not extensive though. The concept was initially conceived as I was sitting at a friend’s house having a few beers. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Martin’s novels for the precision in detail and the length. To seek out a traditional publisher and convince them to read my work after all that feels as if I need their approval to share my work with the world. Everything beyond that in this story is entirely fictitious and is the result of imagination and research. Good question! And tackles rejection and loneliness while simultaneously addressing real world issues pertaining to men and women’s perception of an ideal mate. I can’t take that risk. A fresh set of eyes other than your own can do wonders for your work. I let procrastination and self-doubt prevent me from completing this project a lot sooner. Sincere Jones – 16 September 2018
The Back Flap
Anquan, a man in his twenties, decides to separate from his wife Janessa after two years of marriage. I believe the stories I tell is so relatable and relevant that it spans a large demographic. Altogether, not including the professional editing process, it took me almost four years to complete. The name of his company is Marion Designs. As soon as I conceived this idea I knew the title was unique and original. This puts a major dent in his confidence to move on from his wife and he begins to question if he should go back to her. I love writing but I had never undertaken the task of tackling such a huge manuscript before. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Don’t give up! Armed with his two chauvinistic and womanizer friends he begins his quest, but quickly discovers that finding his dream wife isn’t easy, and that he doesn’t fit the criteria of the females he’s attracted to. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? When did you start writing the book? The easiest part was coming up with the title. His reason for doing so is simple, he isn’t happy. Where do you live now? We as aspiring authors may think we can do it all, but you’d be surprised how many times you can look over a paragraph and still were unable to catch a small error. Where did you get the idea from? At this point I’m just winging it. If I have an idea I jot it down on a piece of paper or in my phone’s notepad. He does awesome work. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? If that potential reader picks up your books and the first page they turn to is full of mistakes they may never take a chance on reading your work again. At first Anquan doesn’t want to date, but under the persuasion of his two friends he begins to see what’s out there. About the book
What is the book about? I can’t stand to see grammatical errors, incomplete sentences, or phrases in the first draft of anything. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I’m a Virgo, and if you know anything about astrology you know that Virgos are perfectionist. I’ve made some mistakes so far but that’s how you learn because you want to avoid making those mistakes again. I was married at one point in time and I wasn’t happy with the relationship, but, most importantly I wasn’t happy with myself. Relocated to South Carolina as a teenager. Anyone who is able to read and enjoy a good story would be able to enjoy my work. Plus, I figured if I told my story as is it would be too boring to interest anybody. Feeling dejected and confused he begins to question if leaving Janessa was the right decision, and contemplates on if he should go back to her before it’s too late. Book cover was done by a professional based in Atlanta. Do you listen to music while you write? The entire story deals with his inner conflict of finding happiness in relationships, but most importantly finding happiness within himself. No, I self published. I feel my style captures the best of both worlds. About You
Where did you grow up? That’s when the proverbial light bulb went off and I said, “Hey, I should write a book about this.” At first I was going to tell my story as a non-fiction piece, possibly a memoir. I was born and raised in Bronx, NY. After two years of marriage Anquan has come to the conclusion that this relationship isn’t right for him, and he lists various reasons why. This book is an entertaining tale that explores the difference between loving someone and being in love. I struggled with the creative process, the writing process, the editing, etc…. Yes, I did! Can you blame him? Outside of that I would say the editing was somewhat easy as well. Not specifically. Push through the self-doubt and procrastination. I listen to R&B, Neo Soul, Rock & Roll, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, and Reggae. Do you outline? I felt like going the traditional route would be a waste of time. The books is about a young man named Anquan. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Illusions of Happiness from Amazon US or Amazon UK. What came easily? What would you like readers to know about you? Nothing wrong seeking out traditional publishing, but I knew from the onset that it wasn’t for me. I put a lot of hard work, dedication, time, and money into this book.