Exclusive Interview "Jermiko Thomas"
Jermiko Thomas is a successful Entrepreneur, award-winning Author, and passionate Fitness Enthusiast whose ambition, tenacity, and work ethic have all earned him the reputation as a self-driven visionary. Throughout the course of his career, he has obtained an array of certifications in the areas of leadership, project management, and computer information systems. In June, he will be a recipient of an Associate’s Degree in Administration and Management. So far, he has authored "The Fearless Boy Inventor" Book 1, “An Adventure With STEM" Book 2, and “Basic Rules Of Health And Fitness,” all of which are currently available. His children’s book “Walter & Lily: Autism & Unexpected Friendship" Book 3 will be published this year.
Presently, Jermiko serves as the Founder of Jermiko Thomas Enterprises, LLC and proudly owns two companies: Businesses Cornhill Entertainment (projects: a children’s book series and renowned game app) and Train Daily Fitness (projects: an e-commerce store and fitness e-book).
To many people’s disbelief, Jermiko didn’t speak his first words until six years of age, so he learned sign language. While doctors didn’t have much faith in his mental capabilities, he proved them all wrong by testing out of the resource program in his junior year of high school.
Outside of bettering people’s lives through his various ventures, Jermiko Thomas continually strives to lead an active lifestyle, from working out nearly every day each week and playing numerous sports like football and basketball. An eternal student of life, he is also a voracious reader and e-learner.
You have such an amazing testimony! I read online that you didn't start talking until you were around six years old and struggled throughout your years in school. Yet, today you're an accomplished Entrepreneur, Fitness Enthusiast, and Award Winning Author! Wow! I’m wondering, did your inability to speak as a child inspire you to use writing as a way for you to express yourself? If not, who or what inspired you to start writing?
Thank you for the compliment appreciate the kind words! To answer your question at first I didn’t like writing in my younger youth days now I like it helps me to express my thoughts. What inspired me to write is I wanted an outlet and a way to share my story so I put it in a children’s book series but with messaging for each book.
You’ve published three books so far, correct?
Can you please tell us a little about each of them. Correct…Here are my 3 books and details on each one
Fearless Boy Inventor- Walter, the fearless boy inventor, is always creating wonderful contraptions which help him face his fears. Walter is about to set off on his biggest adventure yet as he uses his flying machine to investigate the cause of thunder and it's not what he was expecting.
Inspiring kids story showcasing the courage and imagination of the little boy character..
An Adventure With STEM- When Moe goes missing, Lucas must use his brain power to find his lost friend. With the help of his best friend, Walter, Lucas sets off on a journey that will change his view on learning forever. Along the way he comes across various challenges that requires him to utilize skills from each of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Basic Rules of Health and Fitness – It will take you step by step and give you all the information and advice you need to become the best version of yourself The book focuses on the three most important aspects of weight loss and health: diet, exercise and motivation.
In your book “The Fearless Boy Inventor,” the main character Walter creates contraptions to help him face his fears. Is any of this story based on your own personal experiences growing up as a child?
Part in the book of overcoming your fears/challenges relates to when I was shy as a kid and the ability to overcome it! Pursuing your dreams which is what I’m building and doing daily
Your book “An Adventure With STEM" helps children see how fun learning can be. Without giving away too much of the story, tell our readers why you believe parents and educators can use your book to help engage young children?
Learning is difficult for most kids because at that tender age, they don’t care about the importance of the subjects they are being taught. Filled with boundless energy, children are naturally designed to expel that energy through play and so sitting still feels extremely dull. However, we don’t have to force kids to remain still for them to learn.
An Adventure with STEM helps children realize how fun learning can be. By exploring each field of STEM in an engaging, colorful, and rhythmic way, children find it easier to absorb the material that is being given to them. The greatest way to show kids how interesting learning can be is to tell them an exciting story about how it helped a kid like them.
Together with Lucas, Moe, and Walter, children will embark on a fun journey while discovering the significance of learning and implementing STEM fields.
Now, let’s talk about your book “Basic Rules Of Health And Fitness.” With dozens of health and fitness books currently on the market, what does your book bring to the table that is unique?
Great question! My fitness e-book is designed for beginners or anybody that’s into fitness. It’s a guide line and basics of health and fitness that anybody can follow also teaches them what fitness is about also makes it easier for anybody to follow.
As a Fitness Enthusiast who lives a healthy and fit lifestyle, what piece of advice would you give someone (at any age) who would like to transition their life towards a more healthy and fit lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?
I would say select and write down your goal when you do choose which fits you personally! Start small in terms of doing cardio also lifting lighter weight; Key thing about it is to stay CONSISTENCY & change up your eating habits along the way.
Your upcoming book “Walter & Lily: Autism & Unexpected Friendship” will be published later this year. Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from this book?
I like this question and here is what book 3 is about and what to expect! Walter starts the new school year, eager to make new friends. On the school bus, he meets Lily, a new girl who is in a wheelchair.
During recess, all his classmates go out to play, but Walter notices that Lily stays inside. Lily may not be able to play outside, but she can do lots of other fun things. Walter stays with his new friend to play. He learns that she is autistic, but Walter is curious to learn more. Lily may be disabled, but she is not much different than him.
Walter plans a special surprise for Lily, can he show his other friends how special Lily is?
Besides being an author you're also a gaming app developer, correct? Can you please tell us about your work in the app development industry?
Yes your correct! I have an app on the market called “Fruit Slots” which is a casino gaming app available for Android & iPhone. I love technology so I partnered with another person to design and developed the app is currently on the market debating to release another gaming app in the future which is complete.
On a more personal note: Tell us a little about your “real” (non-writing) life — family, job, hobbies, etc.
As for family 1 older sister, 1 older brother and 1 younger brother! I currently run 2 businesses Cornhill Entertainment & Train Daily Fitness Under Jermiko Thomas Enterprises, LLC. I enjoy playing also watching football, basketball and working out to keep myself healthy and fit. I like to be online watching YouTube videos, learn new things, enjoy different sites along with learning about them. I like long walks and drives to reflect and think about life, also playing video games and watching movies. Basically do whatever is fun!
Who is a creative person (not a writer) who has influenced you and your work?
Tough question here I have a few but I only can name one hmm….I would have to go with Jack Ma Founder of Alibaba, As he was rejected from a lot of things and didn’t take no for an answer in terms of life and his goals period!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who may be reading this interview?
There are lot of things people will advise you to do in order to become a writer
· Never let the work of others intimidate you.
· Write whatever you want to write and not what others expect.
· Read about what you want to write. It’ll help you understand the basics and thumb rules of that genre.
Make connections, build relationships take advantage of the technology that is around you
Five years from now, where do you see yourself and your writing career?
Hmm that’s a good question! I see myself in five years having a Business MBA in my possession, Be involved in modeling and/or acting, Owning more investments as I already invested into 2 private companies with one of them have the intention of launching a public IPO within 3 years, Continue to grow my businesses and Train Daily Fitness e-commerce store also do more public speaking on my journey and story. As for my writing career I started my writing in 2017 with the plan to release 5 books in 5 years which will bring me to 2022 within that time span I will continue to grow out the character Walter and hopefully turn it an animation and see what happens from here. In all honesty I’m just getting started!
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find more out about myself through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under “Jermiko Thomas” & For my books will be available through Amazon