This is how her life has gone: a job leads to a story, which opens a path to another job, another story. She hasn’t had a career so much as a series of seemingly random callings.
She worked as a healthcare copywriter for Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, and for National Jewish Health in Denver.
She spent three years in the development department at a movie production company involved with The Secret of Roan Inish, among other films. During the “dotcom boom” in the late 1990s, she was a staff writer at Realtor.com.
Jones launched a website about Nichiren Buddhism and received angry threats from Nichiren Buddhists. Under the pen name Beryl Barclay, she wrote Daily Scoldings: A Bracing Tonic of Criticism, Rebuke, and Punitive Inspiration for Better Living, inspired by her experiences with Buddhism.
After a family tragedy, Jones hiked around the south of France with a mysterious group of women. With them, she made the short film Trail of the Troubadours. Their travels inspired Jones to complete her novel, Renegade Nuns: Sisterhood is Powerful. Also, she became a Reiki master.
In response to her sister’s death, Jones took so many training courses in forensic media analysis that she earned professional certification as a forensic video technician. She wrote Blunt Force Yoga, a plea for renewed consideration of her sister’s case. She once lurked outside a homicide-detective convention in Vegas handing out copies of the book to attendees.
As a private investigator licensed in Colorado, Jones focused on political campaigns and candidates. She completed coding bootcamp at the University of Denver in 2019 with the dream of developing a Denver-specific investigative database. Oh, it woulda been great—but she didn’t finish it. Instead, she was called to attend to family.
In her youth, Jones earned a B.A. in history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and completed the technical writing certificate program at Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from Littleton High School in Littleton, Colorado.