Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 books and novellas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University and worked in management for State Farm Insurance and retired after thirty-seven years. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has received numerous national and literary awards and has made many trail-blazing accomplishments, which includes being the first African-American author to make the New York Times Bestseller’s List and the USA Today’s Bestseller’s List in the romance genre. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread, and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012. In 2013 she was recognized by her mayor with the Jacksonville Trailblazer Award and in 2014 received the Sallye B. Mathis Community Service Award from the NAACP.
She has been featured in several magazines including Essence, Sister-2-Sister, Today’s Black Woman, Ebony, Romantic Times, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and Cosmopolitan. Brenda novels, One Special Moment and Truly Everlasting, were made into movies by BET and Five Alive Films, respectively. Brenda has started work on another movie based on her book, A Silken Thread, with Debbie Allen directing. Production will begin in late 2015.
A staunch supporter of higher education, Brenda established the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami, in honor of her grandmother. She has given over $125,000.00 to this scholarship foundation at FMU to grant college educations to students who might not be able to afford one. Brenda also created the “Madaris Leadership Award”. This annual award of $500 is presented to 2 youths from the Jacksonville, Florida community who display strong leadership skills in their community, church and school.
Additionally, Brenda has established the Brenda Jackson Literary Scholarship Award through Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. This annual award of $2,000 is presented to a college bound high school senior who displays outstanding writing skills.
A listing of Brenda’s books as well as additional information on her other accomplishments can be found on her website – www.brendajackson.net and you can “Like” her Face Book Fan Page at – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-Jackson/190796157619238