I Used To Love The Oscars

Being a film nerd since high school, I used to get caught up in the glimmer and magic of Hollywood’s biggest night! I’d host special parties to watch.

Now, not so much. Between #oscarssowhite and the state of this country, I could care less. Working in TV/Film over the last decade hasn’t helped my disposition. I shrug shoulders at the glimmer. I see celebrities often and left feeling unimpressed or worst disappointed.
But AUTHOR celebrities, those are folks that literally make me turn to a red, stammering, pile of mush. (Remember when I met R.L Stein a few months back. Still gives me goosebumps. Ok, bad pun. )
There are so many authors I would love to see read my book and give their blessing, but if I had to pick one, it would Sapphire, author of PUSH.
PUSH really resonated with me as a teen. At the time, I was attending a predominately white high school, where it was never mentioned by teachers or librarians. I discovered it one day, seeing a woman reading it on the train and sought it out myself. It was poetic, gritty, disturbing, and triumphant at the same time. Felt like I had found a hidden treasure. I read it twice and later on as an adult. It still hit the same nerves.
When I finally sat down to write, PUSH was heavy on my mind. It inspired me to keep the story raw, unnerving and from a child’s point of view. It took over two years to find someone who was willing to represent it. No one wanted such a touchy subject matter, of kids in juvenile prisons and group homes. But I kept pushing, and when it was finally picked up, it was compared to PUSH and I was overwhelmed, hoping I had done Sapphire proud. Of course, I could never duplicate her genius, I only hope to stand in her shadow.
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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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