I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a proud graduate of William M. Raines High School, and I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. Also, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
I got married forty-three years ago to my high school sweetheart, Gerald, and we have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-seven and thirty-five, respectively. I still proudly wear the going-steady ring Gerald gave me at fifteen. I retired in 2008 after working 37 years in management for State Farm Insurance Company.
I began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, when I would hand- write my stories for fellow classmates to read. I’m proud to say that some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!
I have published more than 100 novels and novellas. Additionally, I have over 3 million books in print. My professional writing career began in 1994 when I signed on with Kensington Arabesque. My first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then I have introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few.
In 2010, I wore the hat of “film-maker” when I collaborated with my son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of my books, Truly Everlasting, into a feature film. This movie was recently on Netflix.
Because I believe in the power of education, in honor of my grandmother, ten years ago I established the Josiephine Streater Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Over $150,000 have been donated to this Foundation to provide scholarships to students wanting a college education.
I have a following of over 46,000 readers on Face Book and Twitter combined. My readers are encouraged to download the free – BRENDA JACKSON APP – on their smart phone to stay abreast of all the books I am writing and to get involved in my reading network.
Every two years I host the Brenda Jackson Readers Reunion where I cruise with my readers or meet with them in some exotic location for a wonderful fellowship and reunion. In 2015 over 150 readers joined me on a cruise to Bermuda. Next Brenda Jackson Readers Reunion is in 2017 for an all-inclusive trip to a resort in Barbados.
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