What inspired you to start writing? My passion for writing started my freshman year in high school, and took a backseat, my second year in college. Somewhere along the way, I allowed my passion to get lost between my career, and being a wife and mother. After my son was born, my life began changing course. I returned to the writing, which had been such an essential part of my identity, years prior. Five years ago, I pulled out my red felt journal and begin to write. As each journal entry was made, the love that I once shared for writing reclaimed its space in my life. As I wrote, I begin to read it out loud and rediscovered my passion, which prompted the premise for my book, Bound by Memphis

Jennifer, tell us a little about you.
Although, I have a love and great appreciation for Memphis, I now reside in Houston, Texas, with the two loves of my life: my husband of 9 years, and our 5 year old son. I currently work as a marketing director for SinglesPLUS, a successful matchmaking company. I have been helping my clients find love, for the past 14 years. Somewhere in between running a successful marketing firm, hosting a relationship-based radio show– S.W.A.K. Radio, writing my column- Jei, Knows it All, supporting our foundation- I Know How to Read.org, and being a wife and mother, I managed to fulfill my latest passion in writing.

Tell us how you get yourself ready to write a book.
Preparing myself to write sometimes requires an oasis of solitude for hours each day, which can be very hard to do when you have a 5 year old running around. However, there are times when I am so focused that I can grab fifteen minutes in the corner with noise all around me. But either way, I have to be in the mood to write. Writing is very therapeutic for me so at times I do it as a way to relax.

The reviews are great for Bound by Memphis, tell us a little about the story.
Bound by Memphis is loosely inspired by true events, it is a steamy, sultry romantic story of Jasmine Henderson, a successful public relations consultant who has everything she’s wanted in life… Well, just about everything. Fourteen years ago, while planning her wedding to Melvin Brown, better known as MB, she was left at the altar with no explanations. Although she assumed she’d never move on, she ended up meeting and marrying the love of her life, Chauncey M. Henderson, and having a child, years later. It’s when Jasmine’s latest work venture places her in the city that holds memories to her past, Memphis, MB resurfaces when he learns she’s back in town. Although Jasmine loves her husband, her son, and her life, she can’t deny the passion and chemistry that she once shared with MB.
Briefly away from her family and home in Dallas, Jasmine is left alone to deal with these emotions and unresolved questions of MB. She goes looking for answers to why he walked away. When forced to confront painful memories she awakens something she thought died long ago.
In this novel, Jasmine discovers herself as she explores the depths of her former love versus her current life, and learns “Love doesn’t change, people change.” Bound by Memphis takes you on an insightful journey of love, joy, and pain, and gives a deeper meaning to why sometimes “you have to lose happiness to find it again.”

How can readers buy the book?
My book is available at Barnes and Noble, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Amazon online and you can also go directly to my site www.boundbymemphis.com and purchase an autographed copy. My book is available in hardback, paperback, e-book and kindle.

What are your future writing plans? I currently write an advice column called Jei, Knows it All on Drama Scene Magazine and I am working on the sequel to Bound by Memphis titled, “Memphis Mae,” coming out in 2015

Tell us about “I Know How To Read”.
I Know How to Read is a charity that my husband and I started over three years ago. I Know How to Read’s vision is to educate on the importance of preparing America’s youngest children to succeed by putting a book in their hands. We encourage young children to read by working with them, as well as providing them and anyone else involved in helping them develop these reading skills, the necessary information, tools and skills they need. We deliver free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. We encourage children to develop good reading habits that will produce lifelong readers.

What are your goals for “I Know How To Read”?
Our goals for I Know How to read are to reach as many children as possible. Spreading our love for literacy to each state.
How can readers support “I Know How To Read”?
Readers can support I Know How To Read by going to our website and signing up to donate books, money or volunteering of your time. Also follow us on Facebook for great information on the advancement of literacy.

You have taken on some big task in life, from writing a book to being the founder of “I Know How To Read”, what advice would you give to other women?
I live like I love: Over the top! Trying to squeeze everything in is a task within itself but I learned a very valuable lesson last year, “prioritize” because contrary to popular belief, you can’t do it all. This only took me four years to learn. I can honestly say that I am one of the lucky ones. I have a very supportive husband that helps me balance everything. He learned early on in our marriage my need for a full circle .Without his support and encouragement I don’t know what the heck I would do. My advice to women out there that feel like they need to put certain aspects of their life on hold is, Don’t! Do what drives you and no matter what you will figure out a way to make it work. I have done a lot of things in my few years here on earth but nothing makes me prouder than the work I’ve done as a wife and mother.