Saturday, December 19, 2009

Urban Fiction - Feature Author December - Eric Jerome Dickey


Title: Naughty or Nice
Author: Eric Jerome Dickey
Genre: Contemporary Urban Fiction

The Urban Fiction Author for the month of December is Eric Jerome Dickey.

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. Yet Eric quickly found out that writing was something he could do and do well. From creative writing classes to avidly consuming the works of his favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey began to shape a writing career of his own. Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, he started writing poetry and short stories. The film work gave me insight into character development, the acting classes helped me understand motivation...All of it goes hand in hand, Eric explains. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's Creative Writing classes.

I have been a long time fan of Dickey’s work. His books were very fast paced, with twisting plots that had you guessing to the end. I was disappointed recently when I tried to read the Gideon series. After that, his books became somewhat less enjoyable to read. He lost me, but I am still looking forward to his future works to see if he can once again claim me as a fan. I am highlighting some of his earlier works that got me hooked on his writing in the beginning. Read some of his earlier works and then compare them to his more recent works and see what you think. We would love to see how you liked or disliked the variance in the writing from the beginning works to the more recent works.

Eric Jerome Dickey explores the lives of three sisters, each with their own man problems. But this holiday season, Frankie, Livvy, and Tommie McBroom are not only getting together, but finally gettin' it together--and discovering what family, sisterhood, and love are all about.
Making a list? Checking it twice? Eric Jerome Dickey knows who's naughty or nice. The "New York Times bestselling author promises to deliver all the humor, heart, and superb storytelling that have made him one of the biggest names in African-American fiction. Wrapped up in a gift-sized, gift-priced, beautiful package, Naughty or Nice has all the elements Eric Jerome Dickey's fans have come to love--humor, heart, and soul, with a considerable dose of spice to thaw out those cold winter nights. Hot on the heels of his surefire summer blockbuster, The Other Woman, Naughty or Nice is the present every Dickey fan will want to give as a gift (and keep for themselves)!

This is a surefire holiday read that will have you hooked until the end. Very fast paced as Dickey is known for, but heartwarming and juicy at the same time. The holidays are a time to spend with family, but why not sneak away for a few hours and enjoy some quiet time with this wonderful story of someone else’s family drama?

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