Featured Interview With Tina Jones Williams
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in South Berkeley, California on Julia Street where my four book series is set. Other than my college years in Austin, Texas, I have always lived in the San Francisco bay area. My husband and I are the proud parents of two adult children who are the apples of our eyes. We did, and now they are, working in Silicon Valley in the technology field. Anecdotes from my years growing up and my work experiences provide me with rich stories to tell.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I didn’t realize until several years ago that I need to be a writer. My books are based on times, places, and people who should not be forgotten.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are Maeve Binchey and Rosamund Pilcher. I enjoy the depth of their characters, descriptions of the settings, and their writing styles.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My two latest books “For Their Convenience” and “On Closer Inspection” are companions. Each story is told over a ten day period in the life of the protagonist. The premise is “a lot can happen in ten days.”
“For Their Convenience” follows Violet who is a domestic day worker for ten days and “On Closer Inspection” follows her husband Everett who is a Pullman porter. Both jobs were the first jobs available to Black people at the end of slavery. And both jobs were highly regarded in the Black community. It is my belief that these stories should be protected and told freely so they are not forgotten.
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