Shavon Jones is an award-winning attorney turned author of contemporary fiction about societal ills. She writes strong characters finding themselves and being true to themselves, whether their truth turns out to be flattering or unflattering. She writes characters who evolve into whole, genuine and self-aware beings.
Her debut novel, Working Girls: Money, Power & Love, led to a spinoff column called “The Working Girl’s Guide” which provides workplace etiquette tips laced with humor and has been featured in Key Biscayne Magazine. These tips were garnered from Shavon’s 14 year career as an attorney and accountant at legal firms, a Big Four accounting firm and a Fortune 500 Company.
Her second novel, The Golden Egg, deals with the media-driven, celebrity-worshipping culture of overconsumption, a societal ill that is relatable to men and women from all walks of life. In The Golden Egg, an NBA player signs a $100 million contract and finds the whole world grabbing at him, trying to get a piece of him, including the beautiful daughter of a faded 80’s rock star. Here, the reader is given a first-hand look at how it feels to be loved by everyone and by no one at the same time.
For fall of 2013, Shavon is immersed in the Latin culture, living in South America. That experience will likely seep into her future writing projects, but probably not her third novel, Dani with an I, which deals with the black church and closeted homosexuality or ‘down low brothers’. That novel is still in the developmental stages, but will likely be set in Atlanta or Washington, D.C.
Shavon also published Dating Chronicles: Surviving the Game of Love with Humor, which is a compilation of the best dating blog posts for the 2012 Forty (or So) blog series, profiled in the Miami Herald.
Before transitioning into creative writing, Shavon traditionally published a scholarly article in the prestigious Journal of International Taxation (snooze). She has been featured in The Miami Herald, More Magazine, Key Biscayne Magazine, Legacy Magazine, The Florida Courier, The South Florida Business Journal and numerous trade and corporate newsletters.
Her lectures and training programs, such as “Workaholics Anonymous: The 9-Step Program to a Life that Doesn’t Make You Want to Drink,” “How to Get Career Satisfaction in 30 Days” and “How to Lean In” are given to large audiences including the National Bar Association, the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, the Black Executive Exchange Program, and numerous university and corporate groups.
Cuddle up with one of Shavon’s works, and discover a woman’s worth.
A short time ago, I decided to take a vacation from my vacation. After a steady diet of 70 degree days and 48 degree nights, I wanted to go somewhere HOT. I could have just gone home to Miami. But I decided to try someplace new. So I jetted off for a 5 day holiday in tropical Panama. I made Panama City my base and settled into my 4.5 star hotel. Not bragging. It’s just that after two months of sporadic hot water, spotty internet access, no heat, and a rock hard mattress, luxury was an absolute necessity at this point. I had a nice agenda planned. However, the city would not cooperate. After I unpacked, I decided to go to Casco Viejo, the historic center of Panama City. The hotel valet offered to get me a taxi. “Cuanto cuesta,” I ask. $12 he responds. Mind you, Casco is a 5 minute cab ride away, so $12 would be extreme even for New York City. I concluded that the valet had mistaken me for either a rich person or an idiot and started walking toward Casco. Soon afterward, I found a taxi on the main street. He took me for $5 – over his wife’s protests because she wanted $8. (Is it starting to sound like these cabs need meters or posted rates based on distance traveled?) Casco is a nice, renovated art deco area with shops, churches, a fish market, vendors and the like. I enjoyed a decent meal ...
By now we’ve all had time to implement “The Work Diet” and are half way to our ideal weight. And then, the horror of horrors, the holidays are upon us. It’s time to eat with reckless abandon and make another New Year’s Resolution to shed the pounds in January, since we’ll be too busy shopping, going to cocktail parties and family events to fit in any exercise now, right? Well, in my experience, it’s usually better to start a project immediately rather than putting it off until X happens. Because X never happens, you know. Once the New Year rolls around, work will pick up, the kids will resume all the activities you have to chauffeur them to, and you’ll once again be too busy to take care of yourself. So start now, and take baby steps. I once had a trainer say that most people at the gym are doing little more than getting sweaty because their workouts are not targeted toward any specific goal. So what! Getting sweaty is a good start. Getting sweaty massages the heart muscle and may help ward off heart disease, diabetes, and other preventable health problems. So start by getting sweaty. Get into the habit of craving physical activity. Then, take the next step of targeting problem areas, building endurance, and sculpting your body into the best look your frame allows. When can you fit it in? The best ways to fit in exercise are: (1) classes because they meet at a specific ...
Okay, I’m seriously tardy with the blog posts. Loving my Spanish lessons, and salsa lessons, and the new (surprise) activity I’ll be taking up starting next week. However, the best part of this adventure has been all the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with. My new friends range from sweet 20-somethings fresh out of college to retirees settling into their Golden Years in Cuenca. And they hail from all around the world. There’s the biting British journalist from outside London who can debate U.S. politics better than I can. And Norwegians seem to be taking over South America. There are 4 of them at my school, including a cute couple on their first extended vacation together. There’s the occupational therapist who knows how to live life. She takes a 3-month sabbatical every year. This year it’s South America. Last year it was Africa. And the fourth Norwegian, Hanne, is like my middle sister (since my bio sis, Madalynn, is 15). Hanne’s mouth moves a mile a minute, but you love her anyway because she’s simply adorable. Then there’s the 6-foot + American babe who clearly hasn’t figured out how gorgeous she is because her personality is as beautiful as she is. She’s still in her early 20’s. Here’s hoping no one tells her she’s cute and ruins her. And then there’s the Bolivar Band. At first they were the three guitarists, but then this highly musically-inclined New Zealander came and added percussion (and a recently discovered, beautiful singing ...