Author J.R. Tilman Talks About Encouraging Children To Read

Author J.R. Tilman

One of the most exciting authors of recent times is on a mission, a mission to get teenagers off their gaming systems, away from their TVs, and put their heads in a book. That is right, it may sound impossible, and it may sound a bit farfetched, because let’s face it, can you imagine getting a teenager to put down their controller.

Well, it is not far-fetched and it is happening. J.R. Tilman who is set to take the literature world by storm wants to get teenagers to read more. She want teenagers to learn the love of reading and see why reading has become the new in thing.

J.R. Tilman wants every young person to enjoy reading. The author wants teenagers to pick up a book that takes them on a magical journey, a journey where they can escape the real world and go into a world of fantasy, excitement, and escapism.

The author who has been making serious waves in the literature world in their determination to get more teenagers to read will not stop with their mission. Her mission which sounds like only Tom Cruise could take on with  his Mission Impossible Films could achieve is working. Thanks to their efforts, more teenagers are switching off their TVs and game systems and picking up a book.

J.R. Tilman has just released a new book today that is a self-help book. Already You Matter: Get a grip will ya’ has gained a huge amount of exposure. (


When asked about the new self-help book, the author explained: “In this generation we get swept up in the hype of others. We forget the most important values of self. This journal will provide long term guidance to the best friend you’ve longed for. Yourself. I have also struggled to reach the success I have today. Tune into momentum circle to discover your true worth.”

So, we wanted to learn more about the author and why it was important for teenagers and adults to read, and learn more about their writing process and new book which is set to be released, this is what they had to say.

First of all, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Jasmine Tilman a.k.a. J.R. Tilman. I am a self-publishing author, upcoming life purpose coach as well as a motivational speaker.

Most successful authors started reading books when they were young, so what was the first book you read as a child?

The first book I’ve ever read as a child was The Babysitters Club.

Is there any book you read as a child that sticks in your mind today, and is there a book that you have read more than once?

Yes, there is actually. My favorite book is The Hunger Games. We read that plenty of times in middle school. I really love the bravery theme of it all.


Was there an author as a child that inspired to become an author?

Yes, I can say Suzanne Collins did. Aside from the entertainment I really felt I’ve got a lesson out of the trilogy of evolution in a person like Katniss Everdean. It also gave me equality vibes in a community. That’s a subject I’ve always been huge on.

As an author you are on a mission to get more teenagers to read books, how do you aim to do that?

Yes, I really plan to show young people that there is always a way to learn lessons along with entertainment. It’s not always boring to be who you are. And if you embrace who you are it will lead to a happier you. No matter if you love to read and write, it is very cool to do.

At what age were you when you thought, I would like to become an author?

A very young age. There’s a story my mother always shares with me… When I was in kindergarden, and the teacher asked us to write a sentence about a star and I actually wrote an entire paragraph on the subject. Both my mother and teacher were very impressed at the fact that I wrote a paragraph and could hardly spell.

Where did you grow up, and where do you live now, and has where you were living and where you are living today had any inspiration to your writing?

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. This is where I actually reside now. And I can say that my hometown didn’t really give me any inspiration to write. I’ve always lived in the world of the television shows I watched coming up.

There are lots of books out there that have been turned into films, but the books are much better than the big budget films, why is that?

I want to say some authors are very descriptive in their novels and everyone has their own minds. What this can do is give people an idea of what they want to see or what they’ve imagined while reading the books. So, once they’ve witnessed the film it could disappoint people or not give them what they’ve expected. Another aspect could be that since there’s another director of the film version vs. the author it could be that the director had a different version than the author. And the fans already love the author’s work.

You have just written and released a new book called ‘Incursion; Thin Lines Between Love and War’, what can you tell me about that book?

I’m actually going to release my first women empowerment’s journal, Get a grip will ya’ You Matter, on on August 10, 2021, where I share my story and success I have today. My first supernatural fiction novel, Incursion Thin Lines Between Love and War, is not out yet due to my approach of how I am going to release it to the world. This book is the first one of a series. It’s about a girl who lost her brother and grandfather in a home invasion after her grandfather’s men betrayed him.

How much research did you do before writing the book?

I did so much research. As I mention in my women’s empowerment journal, Get a grip will ya’ You matter, I was in medical school looking up how to write a book. I taught myself how to write books. I did tons of research all day every day for 60 straight days until I found the answers I required.

Well my subconscious mind actually writes my books. Along with the techniques I’ve learned to construct them, I usually know the ending of the book before the beginning. This has a lot to do with the fact that I am a deep thinker.

Lots of authors have different techniques when writing their books, some know the ending, while others let the story tell its own end, how do you write your books?

There was a point in time where I was actually hopping from house to house in the development of my novel and I can say I’ve learned to live inside of my imagination. Also with my main character, Rose, in Incursion Thin Lines Between Love and War being myself and most of my story written in fiction form, I can say I dress as the main character every day (lol).

How important is it that we get children to read books instead of playing on their game systems and watching TV.?

It is extremely vital to get children books instead of video games to widen the imagination. To even learn more of themselves by distinguishing their likes and dislikes, all while learning more knowledge.

Do you think schools are doing enough to encourage children to read more?

I graduated from high school 5 years ago, so I don’t really want to judge the educational center. Although I have a few nieces that are 15 years old, I’ve heard their stories and how their teachers were a little biased towards their learning.

You do not hear of many young authors, would you like to see the literature world encourage more younger authors?

Absolutely! I would love to see more young adults learn about the author world and how fun it can be to learn to be yourself while teaching others. At the same time as giving your opinion out to the world.

How much of a challenge is it to start a book and find the motivation to finish writing it?

I can say writing a book is a challenge for some. Just from the fear of judgment, the backlash, and the self-criticism. But once you’ve gotten the whole aspect of it all in your perspective, you can use that to motivate you to get your novel finished. For me, it’s knowing that it’s my sole purpose to teach, guide, lead, etc… And I knew writing was God’s gift to me to get it done. My purpose to educate is way bigger than any obstacle that gets in my way. Even the fear of failing.

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