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Author Chat with Tiffany D Jackson (Allegedly), Plus Giveaway!

Author Chat with Tiffany D Jackson (Allegedly), Plus Giveaway!

Today we're excited to chat with Tiffany D Jackson,

author of Allegedly

Below you'll find more about Tiffanyher book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Surfing the Internet late at night, I found an article on a ground breaking case of a 9-year old convicted of murder. Only question I had was, “What if she didn’t do it?” That sparked the idea!

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

Mary is my girl! Despite her somewhat pessimistic attitude, she is driven and determined, qualities I admire.

 

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel definitely came first. In fact, the first title was SO bad I think it affected my chances with agents I queried to.

 

 

YABC:    What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Honestly, I’m most proud of the book’s excerpts and interviews. It was really exciting, using such a unique form to help tell the back-story of how Mary came to be.   

 

 

YABC:   Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Save your pennies and hire a development editor before you put your book out in the world. Everyone needs a second, third, and fourth pair of eyes on their work.

 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I really loved how mysterious it feels, the vast openness. I especially love the typography,; I’m a sucker for typewriter font.  

 

 

YABC:    What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

Really excited about that there are so many books by POC coming out this year including When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon;, One Shadow on the Wall, by Leah Henderson,; The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas;, Dear Martin, by Nic Stone;, and Empress of Thousand Skies, by Rhoda Belleza.

 

 

YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2016?

It’s tied! In YA, Girl in Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow, which is such a timely/riveting tale. In adult contemporary novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson, set in Barbados. I love Caribbean based novels. Reminds me of my gGrandparents.

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Working on my second book, currently untitled, about a girl looking for her best friend who no one notices is missing until her body shows up, one year later.  

 

 

YABC:    Is there anything that you would like to add?

Be open to stories from people who don’t look like you.

 

 

YABC:    Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

I did a lot of research before writing this book, including interviewing girls who lived through the system, so some of their stories are featured as experiences Mary went through. One particular scene where Mary is being abused in her jail cell, although it is only a few lines in the book, haunted me for days. I watched several Disney movies and read love stories just to clear my mind. (Watching Beauty and Beast and The Little Mermaid as an adult is SO much fun!)



 

 

YABC:   Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Not one character but seven. It was tough giving each girl in the house living with Mary the spotlight without it coming off as contrived or force-d fed. I wanted their back stories to shine organically.

 

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Drafting, without a doubt. I love free writing! That’s when the story really comes alive, when you’re not worried about the mechanics.  

 

 

YABC:    What would you say is your superpower?

I can have a full conversation half-asleep and not remember a single word of it when I actually wake up. Those are probably the best times to ask me for money.

 

 


YABC:   Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I’m quite passionate about providing for and feeding the homeless. Hash tag Lunch bag is an awesome organization that uses the power of sSocial mMedia to help empower change.  http://www.hashtaglunchbag.org/

 

 

 

Meet Tiffany D Jackson!

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

 

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Meet Allegedly!

Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.

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 churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

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’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

 

 

 

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Allegedly

By: Tiffany D Jackson

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: January 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Comments 19

Tiffany Engler on Monday, 02 January 2017 10:16

I feel like the cover is creepy (in a good way). It makes me feel like the book is going to be mysterious!

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I feel like the cover is creepy (in a good way). It makes me feel like the book is going to be mysterious!
Donia Eskander on Monday, 02 January 2017 19:28

The cover after reading the synopsis feels powerful with the way the girl is standing and it also emits sadness:( the blurb sounds GREAT

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The cover after reading the synopsis feels powerful with the way the girl is standing and it also emits sadness:( the blurb sounds GREAT
Kara S on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:29

This sounds like a unique and dramatically intense story; plus, I've heard this author really brings her craft to bear and that this novel is something special!

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This sounds like a unique and dramatically intense story; plus, I've heard this author really brings her craft to bear and that this novel is something special!
John on Friday, 06 January 2017 20:48

I think the cover is very atmospheric and original! I appreciate all the hard work and thought that went into the synopsis!

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I think the cover is very atmospheric and original! I appreciate all the hard work and thought that went into the synopsis!
Caity Dooley on Sunday, 08 January 2017 00:59

I find the synopsis really intriguing; how Mary is going to go through all this and seems very intense. the cover is beautiful and I confess, I'm also a sucker for the typewriter font. Thanks for the opportunity!

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I find the synopsis really intriguing; how Mary is going to go through all this and seems very intense. the cover is beautiful and I confess, I'm also a sucker for the typewriter font. Thanks for the opportunity!
Susan T. on Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:52

The cover is very haunting and a bit creepy! This sounds like an intense emotional story!

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The cover is very haunting and a bit creepy! This sounds like an intense emotional story!
Anne on Sunday, 08 January 2017 21:22

Wow! This book sounds awesome! And the cover just pulls me in. I would love to add this to my book collection.

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Wow! This book sounds awesome! And the cover just pulls me in. I would love to add this to my book collection.
KM on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 01:27

I've been waiting for this book for so long!

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I've been waiting for this book for so long!
Camille Hartford on Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:32

This looks like a thriller I don't want to miss.

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This looks like a thriller I don't want to miss.
Alyssa Annico on Friday, 13 January 2017 08:22

It looks and sounds haunting!

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It looks and sounds haunting!
Kayla Branson on Sunday, 15 January 2017 08:35

I'm so beyond excited to read this!

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I'm so beyond excited to read this!
Jeani Brickner on Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:45

the cover is so dramatic. i really love it. i am going to read this book! it sounds really intense and twisty and turny.

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the cover is so dramatic. i really love it. i am going to read this book! it sounds really intense and twisty and turny.
Kelly G on Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:01

I love the uniqueness of the cover and the deep and emotional sounding synopsis. Can't wait to read this one!

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I love the uniqueness of the cover and the deep and emotional sounding synopsis. Can't wait to read this one!
jess on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 21:28

the cover is intriguing and it looks like it'd be a good read.

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the cover is intriguing and it looks like it'd be a good read.
Nancy Hernandez on Thursday, 26 January 2017 20:08

The cover leaves a haunting feeling and the synopsis Woah!

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The cover leaves a haunting feeling and the synopsis Woah!
Laquesha Bailey on Saturday, 28 January 2017 07:49

The cover is a bit scary and gives off a mysterious, eerie vibe which excites me. After reading the synopsis I've concluded that this is definitely a book I want to read because it was compared to OITNB!

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The cover is a bit scary and gives off a mysterious, eerie vibe which excites me. After reading the synopsis I've concluded that this is definitely a book I want to read because it was compared to OITNB!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 29 January 2017 16:30

The cover is haunting and lonely which fits the synopsis very well. This book will be painful, emotional, and make me think long after I read it. I'm going to love this book.

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The cover is haunting and lonely which fits the synopsis very well. This book will be painful, emotional, and make me think long after I read it. I'm going to love this book.
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:52

The cover is really haunting and atmospheric. The plot description is really intriguing.

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The cover is really haunting and atmospheric. The plot description is really intriguing.
Stephanie Tullis on Thursday, 02 February 2017 19:44

The cover is simple, but yet demands attention. The stance of the model is that of your typical teen. Oh, the synopsis is telling me that I must have this book NOW!!

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The cover is simple, but yet demands attention. The stance of the model is that of your typical teen. Oh, the synopsis is telling me that I must have this book NOW!!

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