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Youth leader Jariel Jones pens ‘The World Zone’ to inspire readers

Young writer also trying to uplift through his nonprofit
Youth leader Jariel Jones pens 'The World Zone' to inspire readers
Photo courtesy of Jariel Jones

Jariel Jones created a nonprofit organization called Feed the Streetz Foundation in Atlanta. The mission of the 501(c)(3) organization is to alleviate homelessness, poverty, hunger, as well as provide help for natural disasters and emergency situations.

His latest book, The World Zone, covers topics he hopes people can easily identify with.

What is the story behind the title The World Zone?
To tell you the truth, coming up with a title for this book was a real challenge for me. Months passed while I deliberated about whether or not to change the title of the book, oOwing to the fact that in the book I write about various things in today’s world, including difficulties and obstructions. From my point of view, it seems as though a person has entered their own personal space in the world, despite the fact that there are a great deal of obstacles, distractions, and other things going on all around them. That’s basically how I came up with the moniker The World Zone for this book.

Youth leader Jariel Jones pens 'The World Zone' to inspire readers

What inspires you to write?
There is a wide variety of material that spark my imagination and motivates me to write. Writing is one of my favorite activities since it allows me to express my creative side. Writing allows me to be a powerful motivator while also allowing me to express myself freely. Although I do not consider myself to be an expert in any field, I do enjoy talking about topics in which I have some knowledge and/or experience. Sharing information that I believe will be helpful to other people is something that I like doing. I enjoy writing about topics that help people improve themselves and alter the way they perceive the world around them.

What advice can you offer to others who want to write?
Take a leap of faith and try to achieve your goal. I still remember how nervous I was when I wrote my very first book because I was afraid that people wouldn’t like my work and would judge me based on it. Having said that, I ultimately got over it and started to not care about it anymore. Do not give up, and do not let go of your unwavering conviction that you have a story that ought to be told. Create some art! Create work that has personal significance for you. I always tell aspiring authors that they should strive to create the kind of art that speaks to them on a personal level and makes them laugh. There is a lot in writing that can’t be known for certain, but you probably know what you find personally interesting, novel, and impactful. Write stories that shake you to your very core, because if your hand is shaking while you write, the reader will feel the same way.

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