Nicole Jackson’s personality is such that she doesn’t wait on others to celebrate her success.
Heck, she’s quick to do it herself.
Take, for instance, how around midday Thursday, when Jackson, an accomplished Memphis-based author, took to her Facebook page and issued props on her behalf and in recognition to fellow author Linette King in the wake of their latest achievement.
“My 20th book, and first collab is another bestseller,” Jackson wrote on her social media timelime. “Yayyy! Congrats sis Linette King, and congratulations to myself! That’s 20 bestsellers in two years…nothing but God!”
For Jackson, a 34-year-old native of Memphis and owner of Pen Hustlas Publications, the past two years undoubtedly have been worth celebrating, considering she is making a strong case in emerging as one of the Mid-South’s finest up-and-coming young authors.
A once downtrodden, homeless teenager who had seemingly lost her identity and appeared headed for destruction on the brutally chaotic streets of South Memphis, Jackson was forced to drop out of high school at just 16 years of age, a discomforting, life-enhancing occurrence from which she boldly conquered.
Today, the single mother of two is continuing to add to her personal dramatic comeback for the ages, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship, where Jackson has steadfastly found her niche.
What’s even more astounding is that her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.
“As far as authorship goes, I feel this year has been pretty good,” Jackson told News Reporter Andre Johnson on Thursday.
“Pretty good” as in she has written and released three books in recent months which, to her credit, has brought her impressive streak of published projects to 20 — and counting.
Widely known in her profession as “Niki Jilvontae,” Jackson’s 18th book is entitled, “Cold Piece of Work: The Exotic Adventures Of A Single Woman,” a It is a steamy love story that depicts the constant struggles and challenges single women endure while searching for authentic love.
Jackson’s 19th book, entitled “Sins of Thy Mother 4,” was written in late April and was subsequently released a month later.
This project, Jackson acknowledged, is the finale to the Lewis Saga project, which shines the light on child abuse.
And then there is her latest book, entitled “My Sister, Our Man,” a collaboration project with which Jackson co-authored with King, a Moss Point, Mississippi native and writer for True Glory Publications.
Jackson’s latest book was written in June and was officially released on Wednesday, thus quickly becoming a bestseller just like her previous 19 projects.
Next up for Jackson: Book No. 21 entitled, “The Power of the Cookie: This Is Why They Call Me Sunshine,” which is scheduled to be released next week.
All of her books can be purchased on Amazon.com or ebooks.com, whether electronically or paperback, she said.
“The purpose of my latest book was to test my ability to write with another author and create an entertaining book full of drama,” Jackson, also a frequent contributor for True Glory Publications, said.
Given the overwhelming response from many around the country, it’s safe to assume that Jackson was nothing short of impressive.
Still, she quickly acknowledged that there is more work to be done, especially in this calendar year.
For starters, Jackson said she has a number of children’s books, a magazine, and a few novels in the works, although there is no timetable for releases.
“I have no (book) signings scheduled right now,” she said, “but in October, I will be at the BWABC literary festival.”
In the meantime, don’t expect Jackson to wait on others to celebrate her success.
Heck, she’s quick to do it herself.
“My grind is relentless,” Jackson wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.
Now we know why.
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