We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiera M. Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiera, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be I was an amazing story teller. I don’t really care much about how people view me as an actually writer. The minutiae of writing itself… I couldn’t care less if my legacy disregards it. But my ability to create a story that draws people in, to the point that they are truly invested in these fictious characters. That’s the legacy I want. I want people to remember how in the Urban Fiction world I highlighted Black women in every facet of our femininity and never monolithic.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Story-Teller. I can’t make a straight line with a ruler, but with my words I can paint you the most vivid picture you’ve ever seen. I most proud of my next work. I know it may sound crazy but the quality of the stories I tell get better with each new edition to my portfolio. I got to where I am now with consistency and taking my time to put out a product I am proud of at that time, each time. No, it wasn’t at first but thats because I was focusing and comparing myself to other writers as well as my non-writing peers. Once, I stopped worrying about others and focused on my craft things became much easier. I learned that you can always get better. Raw talent isn’t enough. If you are serious about your craft you will take the classes, read the books, do the workshops and whatever else to be the best version of yourself. I want the world to know that I am going to tell the story how it comes to me with honesty and integrity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The water wall will be my first stop. It’s one of the most beautiful places the city has to offer! I would also take them to Hermann Park mainly the Japanese Garden but the entire park is good energy. The museum district is a must see. I’m not gone hold you but just riding around Houston and you will see some beautiful architecture and statues throughout the city. There is always some festival going on out here and if you come late February to late March the Houston Livestock and Rodeo will be in full effect. Definitely a must visit.
Food wise we have to go to Taste Bar in 3rd ward/midtown area! No question Jerk Lamb and red velvet waffles. Definitely would go to Jupiter’s in Town Center. Brick oven pizzas and mouth-watering chicken and waffle combinations. I suggest ordering the house salad with blue cheese instead of the mozzarella. Guru’s is also located in Sugarland and is owned by the same folks who own Jupiter’s their burgers are really good. If you want a more honestly burger I suggest Red Wagon off Almeda cheeseburger meal with I slush I suggest grape and black cherry mixed some folks add cream to give a dreamcicle effect, I like mine cream free. Hanks off main street has the best homemade ice cream known to man! You can’t come to Houston, Tx without getting barbecue! Triple Js, The End.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Parentals. I didn’t struggle growing up. I didn’t want for anything. Everything I did career wise is because I wanted to nit out if neccessity. I was able to dream and focus on my dream of being a writer without worrying about things that usually derail a dreamer. Without my parents allowing me to move back in with them after I got out the military I’m not sure I would have multiple titles under my belt. Therefore, I will always shout them out!!