20 Questions: T. Randall Jones, Charlotte

by David Stout  Associate Editor  editor2@goqnotes.com
Published: October 27, 2012 in 20 Questions

T. Randall Jones (Tia) is a writer, activist, occasional poet and accidental songwriter. She tells 20Qs, “I write to uplift, inspire and celebrate LGBT people of faith and to affect positive change by telling their stories.” She lives with her wife and their three children, and is currently working on novels three and four of “TRUTH! the series” and prepping the online re-launch of Lvolution magazine. Keep reading for the tea on Miss T.

What’s your all-time favorite book series?

Aw, gee, do I have to pick one? Because there’s the Bible, of course; and, well…my own. LOL! Fine, Harry Potter! The battle of good versus evil, a long, drawn out, love story, and a band of unlikely misfit heroes…wait, that’s not fiction. It’s happening now!

Is there a radio anywhere in your home?

Yes. Even with all the digital technology, I still have to have one to listen to regular radio. I can’t function without NPR. And, I still try to listen to traditional gospel stations; but I wouldn’t dare listen anywhere other than my car for fear I’ll throw something. The commentary and “extras” make me kinda violent.

Do you own a “church lady” hat?

No, but my wife does — or is it on loan from a gay man? I do have my “church lady” flower clip. It’s a giant purple rose arrangement that I found in honor of Miss Harriett Reddick Burch Bell. I still wear it when I want to remember her. My hair’s too big for hats now.

How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid,” “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,” “Honey, I Blew Up The Kid,” “The Karate Kid” (original)?

“Karate,” “Blew Up,” “Diary” and “Sundance.” Am I telling my age?

Did you have a Cabbage Patch Doll as a child?

I did not. I was an odd girl; I hated dolls, except for my Baby Chrissy Doll whose hair grew. I did, however, run out and buy a Cabbage Patch Doll for my daughter the first chance I got. She’s a toddler named Carmen who looks just like our real baby.

How long since you’ve had a banana sandwich?

A year ago? And, only once. It was peanut butter and banana. I prefer my PB with J, or marshmallow fluff.

Which writer (living or dead) would you like to be seated beside at a dinner party?

Langston Hughes. I chose dead, and not Alice Walker or J.K. Rowling, because they say you should never meet your heroes and that makes sense to me. Besides, I adore gay men and Langston is my best friend in my head.

Have you ever attempted a cross-stitch project?

Yes, hated it! But, I tried because my mother was an absolute artist at it.

Does Halloween rank high or low on your personal list of holidays?

Trick question. I hate Halloween, but my Kyme loves it. And, if Kyme wants to dress like a pirate (or Suga Mama from “The Proud Family”) and hang out at a Halloween party in Huntersville on my birthday (Saturday the 27th), that’s what we’re gonna do! So, “high” by marriage, not by choice.

Who is your favorite current or past non-American musical act?

Phil Collins, Sting, Elton John, George Michael. Sorry, it’s a four-way tie.

Have you ever gotten stuck in an elevator or other enclosed space?

No, and trust me, if I had you’d have heard about it because it would not be pretty.

What newspaper comic strip have you always loved?

Peanuts. There are others, but none compare.

Which common salad ingredient do you not like?

Croutons! Whose idea was it to make bread that hard?

Can you ride a pogo stick?

Probably, do you have one I can try?

At what hour of the day are you at your absolute best?

7 a.m. It’s my favorite time to write, especially if I’ve held onto the ideas that rolled into my head in the middle of the night.

Would you rather live beside the men of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Full House” or “Two And A Half Men”?

No contest — “The Big Bang Theory.” We call Leonard, Sheldon and company “our kids” and I will watch them for hours, regardless of how many times I’ve seen an episode. Yes, I know…

Ice cream, cake or ice cream and cake?

Chocolate cake…with chocolate chunks…and chocolate icing — please and thank you!

Who’s the sexiest “Mary” of all time?

I don’t think I can answer that question without going immediately to Hell, so I’ll just pretend you didn’t ask.

Have you ever purchased a product from an infomercial?

Yes, Zumba, which we love…and none of your business.

Which do you own more of, books or pairs of socks?

I am proud to say books. And, in fact, more people should as books are a lot more useful than socks. Socks keep your feet warm and dry, but books warm your heart, give you hope, enlighten or even enrage. Plus, when strategically placed on shelves or coffee tables, books can give the illusion that you are more intelligent than you actually are. Socks, when visible in your home, just say you’re messy. : :