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Quick Five© with Jemiah Jefferson

     Courtesy of Jemiah Jefferson
Courtesy of Jemiah Jefferson

Name: Jemiah Jefferson

Who is Jemiah? An assistant editor at Dark Horse Comics with a love for writing but with a realistic view of the writing world.

Website: http://www.jemiah.com/

Books: Voice of Blood (Books 1-4), Mixtape for Apocalypse,  and st*rf*ck*ng

Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, & ITunes

Interview by Tania Lasenburg, author Jemiah Jefferson explains how she began writing horror and how not all authors have a glamorous life.


Why did you choose to write horror? Was that a genre you were always attracted too? If so, what pulled you to it?

I didn’t really choose to be a horror writer – it just happened to be the genre that my first published novel was classified as. I had really only begun to read, watch, and enjoy horror when I first wrote the book, so I had a lot to learn and experience!

How would you rate your success not just as a writer but as horror writer?

        Self Published  Published Sept. 8, 2011          180 Pages
Self Published
Published Sept. 8, 2011
180 Pages

I don’t really know how to rate my success – I’m far from rich or even comfortable, and I have a day job as well – but I have sold OK, I am now in the position of receiving regular royalties (which helps keep me and my cats fed), and I’ve been published at all, so I have more success than some other people. More than anything I just want to have a life where I can keep writing the things I want to – and I kind of have that, but it’s a struggle.

Has your position as an assistant editor at Dark Horse Comics influence your writing style in any way? Does this specific job help you become a better writer?
My editorial job at Dark Horse hasn’t really influenced my own writing style – if anything it’s just made it harder for me to write “freely”, as I now see every instance of the “printed” word through a strict editorial lens, and I can’t help thinking about the audience and the market all the time… which is not at all conducive to the kinds of stuff I most like to write. There’s a chance that it’s made me a better writer, but I have produced so little, comparatively, since starting this job that I don’t have a lot of material to compare. I try to improve my writing continuously, so if I’m a better writer now, it’s not because of this job – it’s because I’ve been working on improving, and I do work on it, 24/7/365.
 Is it true that there are difficulties in the publishing world for African American women? If so what are those difficulties?
 There are definitely problems getting published if you’re anyone than someone who is already known and successful. Additionally, the aforementioned “market” is fairly conclusively skewed toward a few “proven” genres, titles, approaches, and names. A publisher who already has an African-American female writer being printed by them will be less likely to pick up a new one, imagining that they’ve “already got that covered.” It’s odd and dismaying and I both understand it and don’t understand it – the market in all its fickleness creates these situations, and publishers are all panicking about this and that, and any reason to NOT pick up something will be taken.
 Finally, how do you feel about your books being shelved in an African-American section and not one of horror?
As far as I know, my books are only ever shelved in the horror/science fiction/etc. section and some readers may not even know my sex or race. Which is fine; I want them to be interested in the story. On the other hand, if the fact that I’m black or female or nerdy or whatever gets someone’s interest enough for them to make the purchase, that’s fine! I just want them to sell.
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Book Review: 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Shockingly  impressive and cute book.

                Amistad    Published June 8, 2010               335 Pages
Published June 8, 2010
335 Pages

Davie is a dark skin girl who grew up in a small town in Mississippi with an alcoholic of a mother who also happens to get around a lot. After an episode with her mother, Davie decides not to speak anymore and stay away from people. That is until she sees the movie Sixteen Candles. Although she still refuses to speak she has become obsessed with her life being like the movie.

After a very bad incident at a house party, Davie runs away, in order to get a new life. Fast forward about 17 years she is a grown woman living in Hollywood who has pretty much gotten over her past until she sees her former crush that doesn’t remember her but sure wants her.

What I love about this book was how she wasn’t a broken woman that didn’t have a life after leaving. Granted she wasn’t the richest woman but she was happy and was able to live her life. I loved Davie herself. She was funny, honest (most of the time) and very down to earth. I was surprised at how funny the characters were not just Davie but everyone had jokes and it make everyone pretty likeable. 

Also the book was honest from a male’s perspective and a female’s perspective.  I did think some of the issues Davie had with her man were very petty who cares you was the most hated girl in school and why does that have to affect the relationship when it happened 17 years ago.

Other than that the book was well written from beginning and of course  to the happy ending. Overall this book gets a 10 out of 10.






Tania loves long walks in the park, ice cream and horror movies. When not studying communications, she is cyber stalking GCH follow her twitter here 



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