Interview with Tasonn Haynes, Author of “Broken Gem”

 The crimson plasma flowing through the veins of a writer has elements of inspiration, passion and creativity. Those extraordinary essentials are often times the motivating vigor behind an imagination and desire to colorfully paint in the written word, ideas and thoughts that some choose to only speak or recite. The pulse of a writer is laced with visionary expression and it trickles down into the hands to generate insightful, poetic, enlightening, and compelling storylines.  The art of literary composition is a divine gift, and has healing powers.

Broken Gem” is the recently released novel by a remarkable young man by the name of Tasonn Haynes, and his incredible journey as a writer is both inspiring and encouraging to readers and fellow authors alike.  His life’s light first spewed it’s hue in his birth place of New Haven, Connecticut, a place where he still resides and calls home.  He is the proud and humbled father of an amazing little girl that he is raising.  Of all his accomplishments, she is, by far, his number one joy.  He feels that if he can consistently provide her with positivity and lead by example, then he truly has accomplished something extremely significant in this life.

His genuine love for writing stems from his desires to be a vessel that can take people to places where they can learn lessons from the stories he creates. The inspiration behind this particular novel came from a maternal place, his mother’s strength, a mother that passed away two years ago. When he reflects on her courage as a human being, he describes her as being “wonderfully dynamic, and the epitome of a person who was met with tremendous adversity in her life, adversity that she always found a way to rise above and beyond.”  He said that she always gave the best advice; the honesty, love and strength she demonstrated in her short life, drove him as he wrote Broken Gem.

A creative spirit has always lurked around in the corridors of Tasonn’s heart and because he channels and takes in all of the things and experiences around him, he utilized that gift to quench his thirst for creation by writing poems, short stories, and ultimately his first novel.  The writing process for this young author is mood stimulated. Tasonn likes being in a dark room with candles lit and music playing to climb aboard the imaginative literary train, and within this relaxed and peaceful atmosphere is where his creativity is allowed to flow – serenity is the key for him, he says.

When asked if he is a spiritual person, he states that he is and has a personal relationship with God, but is more of a private person by nature, so he is not one to advertise his spirituality.  He does, however, want his readers to know that he is, indeed, spiritual and his beliefs keep him grounded.  This spiritual connection extends into “Broken Gem”, a story rich with his love for symbolism; the protagonist’s name being Sapphire is a perfect example.  The complex character he writes about is damaged emotionally, but no one could see a parallel between her life and that of a damaged or broken gem.

The message that he is trying to convey to his growing readership is the importance of connecting with different people to learn from them; life is complicated and every little decision will have its own ramifications, so we must always learn to make the right decisions because they usually affect others in a variety of ways. With this in mind, his targeted audience is pretty much anyone who loves literature and gripping storyline, but feels that women will really be captivated by “Broken Gem”, because it delves deeply into the subjects of marriage and infidelity.

His response to the question of what separates him from other authors is his individual voice; he feels that he has a unique way of weaving a storyline and a special talent for poetic phrasing.  He quickly adds though, that he doesn’t necessarily believe he is a one in a million type of an author, however, he does think that his approach is effective.   His style of writing is his own, and his favorite authors are Alice Walker and E. Lynn Harris; Alice because of her amazing and masterfully written novel The Color Purple, and short story entitled “Abortion” and E. Lynn Harris because for the contemporary way he wrote and wove in characters that you couldn’t help but identify with.

On this business side of the creative endeavor, Tasonn is a self published author through J. L. King’s publishing company.  He is marketing his book via social networking and blogging sites, as well as, via word of mouth. He is also looking to sell his book through Amazon to reach a larger audience.  He most recently had his first book signing release party on July 18th, 2010 in his hometown, and he is also awaiting word from HueMan Book store in Harlem NY.

Broken Gem” can currently be purchased at where all orders are shipped priority mail.  Also at the website, you can preview Chapter 1 of his amazing literary project.  Future aspirations for this talented young man are written in the stars; Hollywood that is, he wants to one day see his story on the silver screen – he wants the entire world to see his story, as well as, read it.  Now who will play the role of Sapphire Taylor?  Only time will tell.

As with any writer, with storylines in the blood, Tasonn Haynes want to continue to produce art that the masses can enjoy, and all I can say is, my ambitious young “brotha”, shoot for the stars…


About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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