JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jabrail Jones, author of Coming of Age
Gee and Rell are making their way out of middle school, into the big game of life. Rell is being molded by his uncle and Gee is already ahead of his time, so it makes sense for the two to link up and take the streets for what they know best. And they do…
It is the summer after middle school graduation, and they start out selling weed to take the burden off their mothers from raising them. No doubt, Gee and Rell bump into a few obstacles early in the game that prepares them for what is yet to come as they ascend into the big league. That Fall, they split up and attend different high schools due to their addresses. However, the two of them go for what they know on their own, but stack their money together in a joint venture.
Gee and Rell remain best friends, but Rell has his lady in his ear trying to command his ship and stop him from selling drugs. Gee and a new comrade steadfastly expand their business, forcing two best friends to become distant.
Eventually, Gee links up with a few Puerto Ricans and take over spots across the city. He has it his way, until he stumbles across a situation that tests his loyalty to the game and to his associates.
Follow Rell and Gee as they cruise on the road to the riches. Watch them suffer and scramble to recover from the trials and tribulations of the game of life as they are Coming of Age…
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Coming of Age?
Jibrail Jones: I was in jail bored, and I decided to write a few pages. I passed them off to Steve and Lateef, and they encouraged me to finish because it would be a good book. I had already written two books before this one, though.
JP: Philly is known for being a center of harsh violence and great music. What will Coming of Age do to expand on Philadelphia’s reputation and reality for people who will learn about Philly from your book?
JJ: Well, Coming of Age would bring the streets of Uptown Philly to them. I mean, the people who have never had to struggle or never sold drugs or just don’t know how a lot of young people start to hustle will enjoy this read. Coming of Age touches the music aspect, because there is a mixtape, DA EZY WAY, out that accompanies the novel, set to be released in September also.
JP: As a debut author, what have you learned about yourself as a writer that you didn’t realize before writing Coming of Age?
JJ: To be brief, I learned that I can really get in my bag with a pen and pad. I also learned that this takes a lot of hard work and many revisions. Coming of Age is a good story, ya’ll are going to see. I need ya’ll to be the judge of it, though. I’m just playin’ wit’ it, and dis is just the beginning. I’m a prodigy, and this is Prodigy Publishing.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Coming of Age?
JJ: I was in jail when I wrote Coming of Age, so I honestly didn’t take long to write this. I’d say, it took me about a month and a half, maybe two. This book is actually three years old now, but my writing process is simple: be real and give ’em the game as I know it and experienced it.
Coming of Age was strictly free-styled. I didn’t have a thought out plan or none of that. I’m just sharing the game. Da streets gon’ love it. I want people that never read an urban novel before to start picking up Jibrail Jones from here on out, solely on my name.
JP: What’s next for Jibrail Jones?
JJ: Everything, stay tuned.