Romance author Brenda Jackson to talk books, success
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
Best-selling romance author Brenda Jackson will discuss her books, talk about her life and share the secrets of her success during an "Opinionated Afternoon" reception and book signing.
What: An “Opinionated Afternoon” with best-selling romance author Brenda Jackson.
When: 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.
Information: Call 352-334-3909.
And the community is invited.
Sponsored in partnership with the Opinionated Ladies Book Club and the Friends of the Alachua County Library, an "Opinionated Afternoon" with Jackson will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. The program will include a reception/mingle with the author, a book signing, book discussion, and a question-and-answer segment.
Jackson, who has written more than 90 novels and has 3 million books in print, is the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line and the first African-American author to make both the USA Today and The New York Times bestsellers lists in the romance series genre.
Last year, her book, "Truly Everlasting," was made into a feature film.
Jackson said she also will talk about future plans, her writing process and how to get published. She said her books feature good male characters and have happy and satisfying endings.
Jackson lives in Jacksonville with her husband of 39 years, Gerald Jackson. They have two sons, Gerald Jr., 35, whose production company, Five Alive Films, produced "Truly Everlasting," and Brandon, 32, a U.S. foreign service diplomat stationed in South Africa.
"My husband, Gerald, is my hero and he inspires me to write about good men who treat their women well," she said.
Brenda Jackson's accolades are many, including being named a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee for her 81st book, "A Silken Thread," and community service awards from Delta Sigma Theta, Alapha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta sororities.
To provide educational opportunities, Brenda Jackson has established a scholarship foundation.
"Because I believe in the power of education, in honor of my grandmother, 10 years ago, I established the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens," said Brenda Jackson, adding that more than $100,000 has been donated to provide college scholarships.
Cynthia Moore Chestnut, founder and president of the Opinionated Ladies Book Club, which was established in 2007, said club members decided to bring Brenda Jackson here to commemorate the book club's fifth anniversary,
"A book comes to life when you meet the author," Chestnut said. "It takes the experience to another level."
"We concentrate on African-American authors because they have a difficult time getting their message out," Chestnut said. "Local bookstores don't stock African-American books at the level we would like, and most often, we have to request a special order or order from Amazon."