Excerpt- Detective Jones opens the folder and retrieves the first document. He glances at it, and then at the man. “Start from the beginning of the day and run through the events that led up to your interaction with Rebecca Wright.” The man smirks and remarks, “It’s not exactly that simple, I’m afraid.” Jones scowls and asks, “Why not?” The man sighs and replies, “The reason isn’t as simple as you assume, and it’s not a story that can be explained in a day.” The detective places the document in front of the man and remarks, “How long of a story do you need to explain this? The man glances at the photo and replies, “At least half an hour, but likely more.” He notices the sudden shift in the detective’s expression and remarks, “Of course, you’re welcome to leave if you aren’t interested.” Jones presses the pause button on the tape recorder and bluntly replies, “As far as I’m concerned, you’ve already confessed to the crime. Everything else is extra, and if I were you, I’d be eager to talk. The more you tell, the more lenient your sentence might be.” The man chuckles and says, “Whether or not I tell you my story, my fate is sealed. Neither you nor I care what happens next. However, you are curious; that photo disturbs you, and the fact that I can be so calm after doing such an act makes you uncomfortable. You’ve been given a rare opportunity. Not many criminals are willing to give this descriptive of a confession. Am I wrong?” Detective Jones glares at the man, but presses the record button, and asks, “Where would you like to start?” The man scratches his bare chin and replies, “From the very beginning; that’s the only way.” The detective sits back in his chair and says, “Fine. Begin.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and Homewood, Illinois, Jeremiah D. Davis is an author, and currently a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 11, due to his mother’s influence, young Jeremiah fell in love with reading and writing. However, after some rough times in middle school, he stopped writing for a while. In his Junior year of high school, and at the age of 16, Jeremiah began writing again, and that year, he published his first book, “The Chaos Conspiracy.” Currently, Jeremiah Davis has published six fiction books and in the process of putting out his seventh one.
Get to know the author:
- How important is being black to your writing
- Being black is important to my writing because it inspires the way I write and the topics I engage in. I tend to favor writing in genres where black voices are not heard as often as white ones, and I also like to write about the black experience and my own life as a black man. So, being black is especially important to my writing.
- What is your favorite genre to write?
- I enjoy writing in Science Fiction the most due to how creative the genre allows me to be, and the seemingly infinite number of stories I can write within the medium. Recently, I have done more books focused on the human psyche, and I quite enjoy it as a genre as well.
- What are your goals as a writer?
- My primary goal is to write a story people can connect with and learn from. I want my books to stick in a person’s mind days after they’ve read it, and potentially change the way they view the world. At the same time, I want my books to inspire others and motivate more black people to express themselves creatively.
- Where do you see yourself in five years as an author?
- In five years, I would like to have more books published, but more importantly, I would like to be reaching a larger audience at that point. At the moment, not many people know about me or my books, so most of my efforts have been promoting myself as much as I can.
- How has attending an HBCU affected your writing
- Attending Morehouse College has had a positive effect on my writing, primarily due to it providing me with numerous examples of black excellence to draw inspiration from. People tend to see the black community as uniform and homogenous, but that’s not the case, and my time at Morehouse has only strengthened this belief. In my day to day routine, I’m able to see what it’s like to be a black person from Chicago, Sacramento, Seattle, and even other countries, and incorporate these unique experiences and upbringings into my writing.
- What advice would you give to people who want to write?
- Don’t count yourself out. A lot of people think they can’t write, or that writing is an extremely difficult thing that has to be perfect, but that’s not the case. Writing is about expression and freedom. There is no formula for it, and I firmly believe anyone can write a book if they want to.
- What challenges have you faced as a black author?
- The most difficult thing about being a black author is trying to get the attention of readers and establish an audience. Though I am always trying to promote to black people and reach black readers, it sometimes feels like I’m ignored due to my work either not being interesting enough or my name not being recognizable enough to warrant the consideration of readers. This motivates me to improve my writing, but not receiving feedback, whether positive or negative, can make the process feel meaningless.
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