Monday, January 4, 2010

Color Me Jazzmyne

Color Me Jazzmyne

"Child abuse, rape and struggling to live are all things that women go through at least once in their lifetime. In this tale, Naya Mona takes readers on a journey through her crayon box of life. She shows us what her true colors are as she recounts her past to a son she is meeting for the first time. How do you tell your son that your father is his?

The Spiral of events that fill Naya's life provides an intimate look at the drama, romance and struggles that become her voice. On stage, she must become Jazzmyne-the Jazz singer. Naya no doubt commands your attention and takes you on a rollercoaster ride that is filled with the melodious tones that makes Color Me Jazzmyne a true reading pleasure."

Book Excerpt:
"My past however, is something quite different. It still haunts me, slaps me in the face and dares me to face the reality of today. Every day, it seems, I am forced to remember what color is Jazzmyne. Once upon a time the color of snow ran through me. It ran so deep that it blended with my insides, messed with my emotions and played with the deepest corners of my heart.

How can life do that to a woman? As I look into the mirror, I can quickly see the colors that answer that question.
Upon the walls of my office are newspapers encased in gold frames. I

glance at the writings, the ink still trying to hold on to the paper. So many years have passed. They all told a story. Each one represented a version of some reporter's dream. Some wrote that I become everything from simply nothing. Others wrote that my voice awakens them and breathes life into the deepest corner of their being. I wish it did the same for me. I could use an awakening."

Marian L. Thomas is a native of Chicago with a passion for the words that reflect the issues that face women today. However, the concept of putting her thoughts into written form wasn’t realized until her second year in high school when she wrestled with the thought of writing a book she then called What Color is Jazzmyne.

In fact, twenty years would pass before she finally debuted a more refined version of her original concept, calling it Color Me Jazzmyne. It was just a few years prior to this that she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Marian now resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their spoiled but playful dog. She enjoys writing short stories that have full impact and is currently working on her second novel.


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7 Questions with 7 Complete Answers From Marian L. Thomas:

What are some of the issues in society that your book addresses?
Rape, incent, child abuse, teen pregnancy are just some of the issues that affect our society today that Color Me Jazzmyne addresses. The story shows the emotional scars from not being able to speak to someone about your situation as a child to the feelings that no one will believe you when you do. These are scars that can remain under the surface for many years, sometimes forever.

What does the crayon box represent in the story?
We all have many colors. Colors that go beyond race but reach down into our emotions, attitudes and even the way people try to color us. The attempt to make us what they want us to me. This is how it is for Naya. It is not just the color of your skin that she must face but the colors that make her who she is and will become.

What impact do you want your book to make on readers?
"I hope that women who read this book and have lived the life of Naya Mona in some form or fashion will find the voice, strength and motivation to push past the pain and live."

What goal do you have in regards to writing?
For me, writing is more of a release from the reflection of the world around us. It is a way to express the obvious using tones that soothe, excite, uplift and allow the reader to step out of their comfort level. That is my goal when writing. That is what drives me to create characters such as Naya Mona.

Are your characters a portrayal of real people?
Reality is always a part of us and as such what we read must adhere to some form of it. Without reality one can’t relate to the story that is being told. Naya is clearly a reflection of the many women that I have met over the years and the struggles that they have gone through. I do not remove myself from that reflection.

Who is your favorite character?
Misty. She represents all the so-called friends that revolve in and out of our lives and then I would have to say Chris, because he is what I term the 'life-time' type of husband. He represents the compassion and love that we as women need, want and deserve.

What else can you tell us about Naya Mona?
Naya Mona is the type of woman that all women can see a reflection of themselves in. She has dreams, struggles, obstacles and a passion to live! In the beginning she is naïve, abused and looking in all the wrong directions for comfort. She quickly realizes that a beautiful pair of black leather shoes does not reflect the essence of a good man.

The drama in her life unveils as her son whom she hasn’t seen since birth walks through the doorways of her beautiful and lavish home thinking that she is the reason that the puzzle of his life doesn’t fit. Filled with rage, anger and sadness he forces her to go back into her past, back to the time when her father’s touch was no longer innocent.


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