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Monday, July 21, 2014

COVER AUTHOR: Brenda Jackson

Just to share a little information about myself, I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a proud graduate of William M. Raines High School, and I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. Also, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I got married forty-one years ago to my high school sweetheart, Gerald, and we have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. I still proudly wear the going-steady ring Gerald gave me at fifteen. A few years ago I retired after working 37 years in management for a major insurance company, and I am now writing full-time and enjoying every minute of it.

I began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, when I would hand- write my stories for fellow classmates to read. I’m proud to say some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!

I have published more than 100 novels and novellas, becoming the first African American author to accomplish such a feat. Additionally, I have over 3 million books in print. My professional writing career began in 1994 when I signed on with Kensington Arabesque. My first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then I have introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, and the Steeles, just to name a few. A listing of my books can be found on this website. And because I love writing connecting stories, I have a listing of how my books connect in my various family saga series.
Over the years I have received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre. Click here to view a printable list of my awards.

I have written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance. Presently, I am writing exclusively for Harlequin, and I’m excited to have all my books under one dynamic publishing house.
I am proud to be a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for my 81st book, A Silken Thread. I am also a strong supporter of giving back to your community and have received Community Service Awards from the Delta Sigma Thetas, the AKAs and the Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. And because I believe in the power of education, in honor of my grandmother, ten years ago I established the Josiephine Streater Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Over $100,000 have been donated to this Foundation to provide scholarships to students wanting a college education.

In 2014, I received the Mary McLeod Bethune Community Service Award from the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Bethune Cookman University; and I received the Pioneer Award in Writing from Romantic Times Magazine.

In 2013, I was recognized by the mayor and the city of Jacksonville as being a Trailblazer in the literary field. In 2012, I received the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the highest literary award an author can receive in the romance genre.

In 2010, I wore the hat of “film-maker” when I collaborated with my son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of my books, Truly Everlasting, into a feature film. For more information about the movie, please visit www.trulyeverlasting.com or click here – Truly Everlasting, the Movie. This movie is currently on Netflix.

Periodically, I will come up with a story idea which does not fall within the guidelines of my publisher.  For that reason, I created my Love, Passion and Promise (LLP) line of books that are published exclusively by my own publishing company, Madaris Publishing Company.  As of today’s date, I have published 4 books under the LLP imprint.  These books are sold exclusively in my online store – www.brendajacksononlinestore.com

In 2015, we are scheduled to begin work on bringing my book, A Silken Thread, to the big screen with Debbie Allen as movie director.


A man's word is his bond. His family is his strength. His heart is his own.

Superstar musician Caden Granger has spent years running from love, commitment and family. Yet despite his fame and fortune, he knows the kind of respect and adoration he needs can only come from one person—the very woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Charity volunteer and owner of a wine boutique, Shiloh Timmons finally got her life on track once her relationship with Caden ended, and she's in no hurry to revisit a romance with the man who believes she left him standing at the altar.

If Caden can't have Shiloh by his side, all the success in the world will mean nothing. Now he has a chance to renew his promises…but is it too late?

Read Brenda's interview in the SUMMER ISSUE of SORMAG Digital

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