Young author looks to inspire others

Young author looks to inspire others
January 04
07:00 2018

With her first book, 8-year-old Taylour Jones is encouraging other children to stand up and be the best person they can be. The book, “Taylour J … Yeah, That’s Me!!!”, was released last month.

“I think writing, and reading, is fun,” Taylour said. “I want to help other kids stand out so they won’t be like other people.”

“Taylour J … Yeah, That’s Me!!!” is an introduction to the 8-year-old and her family, including what she stands for: being different. She wants to inspire others that being YOU is always the best thing, especially when you embrace it.

A second-grader at Speas Global Academy, Taylour is not the average 8-year-old and is more ambitious than some adults.  Along with publishing her first book before she could even apply for a driver’s permit, she is also the owner of Taylour Made Lemonade, a mobile lemonade stand.

During an interview with The Chronicle earlier this week, Taylour said in the future she hopes to own her own bakery. But before that she has a few more books to write.

“I want to write other books, but I don’t have any ideas yet,” Taylour said. “I usually do my writing at home in my mom’s photography room.”

Taylour isn’t the only writer in the Jones household. She said she gets a lot of inspiration from her mother NaQuia Jones, who has written, produced, and directed a web series titled “Changing the Rules,” and a short film called “A Cure For Kyle.”

Jones said although she is always there to lend a helping hand, she encourages Taylour to write what she feels.

“I just tell her to be herself and write what she wants to write about. We try to focus on telling her to be different because a lot of kids these days tend to think they have to be like everyone else,” Jones said. “We just don’t want her to go that route, so we promote her to do what she wants to do.”

Although she doesn’t have the idea for her next book set in stone, Taylour already has her mind made up that she wants to write a chapter book. When asked what sets her first book apart from other children’s books, she said, “I think it’s the best because it tells people to be different.”

The book can be purchased by visiting; just type Taylour J in the search bar. 

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