Author Spotlight: Tiffany D. Jackson!

Have you ever wanted to know what pure awesomeness looks like?

Look no further, because we've found it right here. 👇

Let's be honest... there's nothing this woman isn't good at. Not only is her debut book Allegedly getting insanely good reviews, she's also spent years working in TV and film. She has worked on just about everything possible in the TV world, including countdowns, concerts, showcases, live events, and documentaries.

Tiffany aspires to be a horror filmmaker right up with Wes Craven, and to hear that a female filmmaker wants to follow in Craven's footsteps makes my heart sing. She also directed a found-footage short horror film called The Field Trip, which was shown at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival in 2010. (FYI, it's available on YouTube and I'm going to watch it the second I'm done with this post.)

For a lifetime horror fan such as myself, she's basically my ultimate hero.

Soak in all her adorableness.

And now, she's extended her brilliance into book-writing. While Allegedly is a fictional story, it's based on the real-life incident of a 10-year-old who was charged with killing a baby. The summary alone makes my heart hurt. But anything that's dubbed "gritty" and "haunting" is something I absolutely have to read, and you'll probably see this book used for the "Forever Young... Adult" book group. Mostly because I will DEMAND it be read.

Book summary taken from Goodreads.

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

Read more about Tiffany on her blog, website, Twitter, and Facebook. And if you want to be in awe of her awesomeness up close and personal, make sure you stop by YA Fest 2017 to say hi!

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