Eric Jerome Dickey is an outstanding author with more than 20 years experience and has appeared on the bestsellers list of nearly every top publication, including: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Essence Magazine.
The University of Memphis alumni was a software engineer who also ventured into acting and stand up comedy in his earlier years. His creative mind paired with his insatiable love for reading, spawned a newly found career path for him.
Dickey is regarded by Times as among the top selling authors for African American women. He admits that he has an impeccable team to assist him and that success of a book is usually out of the author’s hands after it is released.
Nearly 30 books later, Dickey is continuing to add to his success with a new novel entitled, Decadence (which was released April 23, 2013). Dickey is an outstanding storyteller who weaves cultural aspects into his novels, which makes it easy for readers to mentally visit the lives of other nationalities.
Even though life as a writer is usually very time-consuming, there are several perks that comes with the trade. “The good part is that you can write wherever you are and you’re not limited to location or what time of day or night it is…,” he said.
Dickey also loves being able to share his unique creativity with those who enjoy his stories enough to spend time and money on his work.
“For a lot of people, becoming an author is a change in occupation…they are coming from something that totally has nothing to do with this. If they are expecting to come into a room full of people praising them, then they are in the wrong place,” said Dickey. “It just doesn’t happen that way. Book signings aren’t that large, advances aren’t that large, and most don’t sell a lot of books. That’s just the way it is.”
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Eric Jerome Dickey.
How much time do you spend writing?
“…It pretty much varies. I am very project oriented, so I work on it until it’s done. I get it in.”
What is the hardest lesson that you’ve had to learn in your career?
“Business wise, you have to be leery of contracts. When you sign, you need to be careful of what you sign and understand what it means to your intellectual property….Some people are just so happy to get published to they sign anything. Next thing you know, they’ve signed over the rights to their book.”
Over half of your books have landed on the NY Times bestsellers list. When you first began writing, did you envision yourself reaching this point of success?
“No. For me it was a change in occupation, like starting a new job. When you start a new job or a particular journey, you really don’t know what to expect. I mean you hear about your name being on the bestsellers list, but it doesn’t really mean anything. Like really, what does that translate to? Normally, things can do better…For instance; did you get the #1? If so, then you are in a whole ‘nother league.”
How do you feel about the release of Decadence?
“I mean its fine. It’s at that point where it moves from your computer screen to the general public. It moves from the metaphorical womb and now its out in the world. It’s just that, you know?”