NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Jerome Dickey, the bestselling novelist who blended crime, romance and eroticism in “Sister, Sister,” “Waking With Enemies” and dozens of different tales about modern Black life, has died at age 59.
Dickey’s publicist at Penguin Random Home, Emily Canders, informed The Related Press that the writer died Sunday in Los Angeles after an extended sickness. She didn’t instantly present particulars past itemizing 4 daughters amongst his survivors.
Dickey was an aspiring actor and stand-up comedian who started writing fiction in his mid-30s and formed a witty, conversational and generally graphic prose model. It introduced him a large readership by way of such novels as “Sister, Sister” and “Naughty or Good” and thru his “Gideon” crime fiction sequence, which included “Sleeping With Strangers” and “Resurrecting Midnight.”
He additionally labored on the screenplay for the 1998 film “Cappuccino,” wrote a comic book guide miniseries for Marvel, and contributed to such anthologies as “Moms and Sons” and “Black Silk: A Assortment of African American Erotica.”
“In comedy you be taught to put in writing with movement — segue, setup, and punch line — however in a approach that folks gained’t see or discover. And in theater you find out about character,” he informed BookPage in 2000. “You’ve received to convey one thing to it, and what you convey is the understanding of the character you get from doing all your homework, from understanding the little stuff like speech patterns and the way in which the character walks, and from understanding the large stuff — your character’s motivation.”
He wrote 29 novels in all, in line with his writer, and has greater than 7 million copies in print worldwide. His last guide, “The Son of Mr. Suleman,” comes out in April.
“I’m actually saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of Eric Jerome Dickey,” writer Roxane Homosexual tweeted Tuesday. “His had been a number of the first novels I ever examine black folks that weren’t about slavery or civil rights. He was an important storyteller.”
Dickey was a local of Memphis, Tennessee, and a pc know-how main on the College of Memphis. He moved to Los Angeles after school and finally set a lot of his work there. He labored as a software program engineer within the aerospace business, however discovered himself changing into extra within the arts. He developed his narrative abilities by way of artistic writing lessons at UCLA and thru studying; favourite authors included Judy Blume.
“I’m all the time making an attempt to put in writing a superb story,” he informed NPR in 2007. “Once I’m writing I’m all the time making an attempt to put in writing these twists and turns that, as you’re studying the guide, you get to ― it’s referred to as these oh-no-he-didn’t or no-she-didn’t or no-that-didn’t-happen second the place, you understand, you need to name your buddy and say, are you on web page 40? Get to web page 40.”
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