“Secrets and Lies” is the title of Waxahachie native Tracy James Jones’ third novel with her fourth offering soon to be released.

“Secrets and Lies” is billed as a 60,000-word in-depth emotional journey into the private lives of four

central characters that unfolds as a provocative, multi-cultural, modern-romance with a twist, says the liner notes of the book.

She noted that she developed an interest in writing while in high school with the help of a journalism teacher.

“At Navarro College, I majored in journalism with a minor in mass communication,” she said. “Before college, I worked as an actor with the local community theater and as an extra/stand-in for award winning feature films, ‘Places in the Heart’ and ‘Born on the Fourth of July.’ ”

She worked as a freelance writer/novelist and has written several college introductory letters, other contract writing projects, newspaper articles and three published novels, “Search for Eden – The Story of Stacy Christian” and “No Tears for a Hero.”

Jones said she learned to treat people the way she wanted to be treated and to respect all others despite differences.

“I lost my grandmother at the age of 9, but the things she taught me would last throughout my life,” she said. “I was to never be a stranger to the hardships of life again – the hardest of all (being) love, death and prejudice.”

Jones described herself growing up as shy and observant of people around her.

“I’ve always had a fascination regarding how (people) reacted in all sorts of situations,” she said. “I love human emotions – it’s like if someone smiled, I always felt compelled to smile back or, if someone were sad, I felt sad with them.”

Compassion she developed for other people is often reflected in her work and she says it “breathes life into her characters.”

Health issues caused Jones to take a sabbatical from writing.

“I had heart surgery in 2004, which took me away from my writing for a few years,” she said. “This book, ‘Secrets and Lies’ marks my return to pursuing my dream.”

Among Jones’ achievements, she was named Who’s Who of North Texas Literature, University of Texas, Austin; member of Writer’s League of Texas since 2007; and was a featured performer with the Miss Waxahachie Pageant, being recognized by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.

Her fourth book, scheduled to be released soon is titled “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose.”

For information, e-mail Jones at tracyjamesjones@yahoo.com. 972-921-7440.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.