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MCLB Marine's spouse authors self-help book

By Pfc. Nicholas Tremblay | | July 6, 2001

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An MCLB Albany Marine's spouse will host a book signing on base for her recently published book July 13.

Vanessa J. Jones, author and attorney, recently finished a self-help and motivational book, You Have the Power.

Copies of You Have the Power will be available for purchase and signing July 13 at the Marine Corps Exchange here from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

She is motivated, caring, selfless and loves helping others whenever she can, said her husband, Gunnery Sgt. William Jones Jr., Installations Logistics operations chief.

Jones was born in 1969 in Grenada Miss. She was the third of five children and was raised by her single mother, Bertha M. Johnson.

After graduating from Grenada High School in 1987, Jones attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi. During her four years at college, she studied political science and minored in military science. She graduated cum laude in 1991.

Jones was a part of the Alcorn ROTC program and was also in the Army National Guard. Through college she was a cadet. When she graduated in 1991, she was commissioned as an officer.

Jones moved to Texas to pursue her childhood dream of a career in the legal field. She graduated in 1994, after attending Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston for three years. Jones was admitted to practice law by the Mississippi and Texas Bar associations.

She moved back to Mississippi in December of 1995 and started working for the Department of Human Services as a child support attorney. Later she started a private practice, where she concentrated on criminal law.

"It was a difficult time, because my husband was on recruiting duty at the time," said Jones. "We worked together too and managed to deal with work and taking care of our newborn son."

After three years of running her own practice, the Forrest/Perry County, Miss. district attorney asked her to join his office. In January 2000, Jones was appointed the first African-American female assistant district attorney in that county.

She is a former member of the Hattiesburg American Editorial Board, an Ambassador with the Hattiesburg Are Development Partnership, and an active member of Theta Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

"In the legal field there is a lot of pressure on females, especially when they are married and have children," said Jones. "It is difficult to balance their work and their family and excel at both."

Jones completed her book, You Have the Power, one year and a half after she started writing.

"The book is a self-help and motivational book for women," said Jones.
"The book deals with everyday issues that challenge women emotionally and physically."

You Have the Power is separated into four different sections. The first section focuses on internal issues, such as low self-esteem, confidence, and childhood weight.

The second section, called 'The professional,' deals with married family women being successful in professional fields.

The third section of the book deals with women working out problems with relationships and making them work.

The fourth and final section of the book discusses financial issues and problems.

Jones's book offers advice and guidance based upon her own experiences.

Along with her co-author Theresa R. Joseph, she offers insights on such practical matters as money management, spiritual issues and personal relationships, all geared towards finding fulfillment and balance in life

"We use our experiences from childhood, college and work to get the reader to the end result; you have to balance work and family to have a well rounded and fulfilled life," said Jones.

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