Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 books and novellas, is a graduate of Wm. Raines High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She worked in management for State Farm Insurance where she retired after thirty-seven years of service. Forty-five years ago she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-nine and thirty-seven, 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 she 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. In 2014 she received the Sallye B. Mathis Community Service Award from the NAACP; and the Bethune Cookman University Award 2014 for Community Service. In 2015, she received the Humanitarian Award from Florida Memorial University. Additionally in 2015 and 2016, Brenda was honored by the Southeast Small Business Magazine as one of Jacksonville’s Top 30 Women of Influence; as well as the National Medical Association of Women Physicians 2016.
Recently, her 3-book family saga, The Grangers, were selected by Passionflix to be presented as a mini-series to be aired in 2018.
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, have been 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.
A staunch supporter of higher education, Brenda established the Josiephine Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University, in honor of her grandmother. She has given over $180,000.00 to this scholarship foundation at FMU to grant college educations to students who might not be able to afford one.
Brenda also established the “Brenda Jackson Leadership Award”. This award of $1,000 through the Continental Society is presented to a high school senior who displays strong leadership skills.
Additionally, she has established the “Brenda Jackson Literary Scholarship Award” through Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. This award of $2,000 annually is presented to a college bound high school senior who displays outstanding writing skills.
Brenda established the “Brenda Jackson Empowerment Scholarship Award” through PACE Center for Girls. This award of $1,000 annually is presented to a college / trade school bound high school senior who has displayed strong leadership skills.
BRENDA JACKSON is a free app on your smart phone. A listing of Brenda’s books as well as additional information of her other accomplishments can be found on her website – www.brendajackson.net - and her free app.
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