VJ Books Presents Author 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, 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, he 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. 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. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora-An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.
With those successes behind him, Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called "Cappuccino." "Cappuccino" was directed and produced by Craig Ross, Jr. and appeared in coffee houses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, "Cappuccino" made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles.
Dickey's book signing tours for Sister, Sister; Friends and Lovers; Milk in My Coffee; Cheaters; and Liar's Game took him from coast to coast and helped propel each of these novels to #1 on the "Blackboard Bestsellers List."
His novels, Chasing Destiny, Liar's Game, Between Lovers, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, Drive Me Crazy, Genevieve, Naughty or Nice, Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies, and Pleasure have all earned him the success of a spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Liar's Game, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, and Genevieve have also given Dickey the added distinction of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. In 2008, Eric was nominated for Storyteller of the Year at the 1st annual ESSENCE Literary Awards. In January 2001, Eric Jerome Dickey was a contributor to New American Library's anthology Got To Be Real: Four Original Love Stories, also a Blackboard Bestseller. In June 2002, Dickey contributed to Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica (Warner Books) as well as to Riots Beneath the Baobab (published by International Black Writers and Artists of Los Angeles in April 2002).
Dickey is also the author of a six issue miniseries of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. His novel Naughty or Nice has been optioned by Lionsgate Films..
Eric Jerome Dickey Bibliography
Sister, Sister (1996)
- Friends & Lovers (1997)
- Milk In My Coffee (1998)
- Cheaters (1999)
- Liars Game (2000)
- Got To Be Real (2000)
- Mothers and Sons (2001)
- Between Lovers (2001)
- Griots Beneath the Baobab: Tales from Los Angeles (2002)
- Black Silk (2002)
- Thieves' Paradise (2002)
- Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002)
- The Other Woman (May, 2003)
- Naughty or Nice (October 2003)
- Drive Me Crazy (July 2004)
- Genevieve (May 2005)
- Voices from the Other Side: Dark Dreams II (April 2006)
- Chasing Destiny (May 2006)
- Sleeping With Strangers (April 2007)
- Waking With Enemies (August 2007)
- Pleasure (April 2008)
- Dying for Revenge (November 2008)
- Resurrecting Midnight (August 2009)
- Tempted by Trouble (August 2010)
- An Accidental Affair (April 2012)
- The Education of Nia Simone Bijou (February 14, 2013)
- Decadence (April 23, 2013)
- A Wanted Woman (April 15, 2014)
- One Night (April 21, 2015)
Eric Jerome Dickey Awards
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Cheaters was named "Blackboard Book of the Year" in 2000.
- He was honored with the awards for Best Contemporary Fiction and Author of the Year (Male) at the 2006 African American Literary Award Show.