Author Carla Jones is a fresh voice at Echelon Press Publishing. Her non-fiction eBook, Death from Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronicles her mother’s medical and personal experience, fighting the disease. After many years living with RA, her mother manifested many unusual physical symptoms. One specialist was able to correctly diagnose her with spinal cord syndrome, due to her eroded cervical spine. When the diagnosis was revealed, corrective surgery was not a survivable option.
The author’s mission is to bring awareness to the fact that one can die from complications, due to rheumatoid arthritis. She is also advocating for routine neck x-rays for those who have RA. Her story lists signs and symptoms of an instable spinal column, related to the advancement of the disease.
Mrs. Jones attended Pinebrook Jr. College and Southeastern University. She has been writing professionally since 1994. Her stories have appeared in The Morning Call, Lehigh Valley Women’s Magazine and The Country Register.
Mrs. Jones is actively involved in her church and volunteers as a Media Specialist for, Operation Christmas Child. The program is spearheaded by the world relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse.
The author will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from her eBook, to The Arthritis Foundation.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am enjoying raising my two great kids in my most favourite part of the country- The Northeast. I live outside of Philadelphia. I have one kindergarten and one second grader. I have a deep faith in The Creator and strive to be a voice for those who are discounted in life. I teach a teen girls group at my church and love it. Likes: Being a Mom, having a supportive husband, art, the psychology of personality, art history, discovering new music, wandering around museums and u-tube. Dislikes: Ongoing social injustice – World hunger, need for clean water, etc…
What do you do when you are not writing?
If I’m not at a baseball or soccer practice on the weekends, I am window shopping for antiques and artwork.
Do you have a day job as well?
My day job is being a domestic engineer – house overseer, homework assistant and errand runner. I also attempt to be a loving caretaker of three people, plus a kitten.
I also volunteer as a Media Specialist for Operation Christmas Child. I adore children so, it was a natural choice for me to get involved with Samaritan’s Purse.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I have been journaling since I was 8. My diary entries were a bit different than the average kid. I not only logged my boy crushes, but I dictated current events. (Jimmy Carter becoming president, Miss Universe winning the pageant, etc…) This might have something to do with growing up with a newspaper editor for a father. On any given day, there would be at least three newspapers miscellaneously scattered throughout our home. I was most inquisitive about the stories on the front page. I’m still a news junkie. I started writing professionally in 1994. My first book, Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis came out July, 2010.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
Unfortunately, my book was written out of necessity to inform patients with RA. It’s my Mom’s story about how she passed away from complications due to the disease. The book was written to raise awareness to neck x-rays for those with RA and I’m hoping the information will prevent at least one person from suffering a fatality like she did. I started out writing for a newspaper so I guess you’d say that non-fiction is my comfort zone. However, I recently started a romance novel set in New England. I also started medieval love story when I was 16. My goal is to finish at least one of these two. I admire the creativity that fiction writers are blessed with.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
It’s still in the infantile stages, I plan to complete a short about an overview of human trafficking and add some new physical therapy techniques use to help those rescued from this business. Ultimately, my goal is to dispatch volunteers from the physical therapy community to work with aftercare victims.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you very much for your support and for your positive input! I’ve gotten some wonderful feedback from those with RA.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would you order?
Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare? Decaf with honey instead of sugar. My latest last ditch effort to shed some pounds and axe sugar from my intake. Sounds yucky I know but, it isn’t too horrid and believe it or not, my stomach is actually shrinking.
Is there any food you refuse to eat?
Anything that involves thyme.
Drink of choice?
What pets have graced your life?
I grew up in the company of cats, hamsters and one dog. Now we have a white and black cat called Emily. If I bend down to show her the top of my head, she instantly paws a, “drum roll” on my noggin. Which was your least favourite? I loved them all.
Do you have deep dark secret?
Definitely an embarrassing one… I once got lost for four hours in a very rural Erwinna, Pennsylvania, pre-cell phone days. I finally found a pay phone at a park and called the women I was to interview. Her response to my lost state:”Oh, honey, I forgot to tell you that sometimes people can’t find their way out of this neck of the woods and have had panic or anxiety attacks. I hope you’re okay.” I would have told her where I was but had no clue. Beyond frazzled, I eventually found my way back to civilization moments before my Mother was going to report me missing to the police. Needless to say the interview was done over the phone!
Find out more about Carla at:
http://amzn.to/esBL9x – Amazon
http://bit.ly/a9Y5zQ – Omnilit
http://bit.ly/miIlNs – Barnes and Nobles