Eric Jerome Dickey
|Eric Jerome Dickey|
reading at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival
|Born||July 7, 1961|
|Alma mater||Memphis State University|
Eric Jerome Dickey (born July 7, 1961) is a New York Times best-selling American author best known for his novels about contemporary African-American life. He is also known for writing several crime novels involving grifters, ex cons, and assassins, the latter novels having more diverse settings, moving from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each having an international cast of characters.
Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 7, 1961. He grew up on the south side of Memphis, living on Kansas Street. He attended Riverview Elementary, Riverview Junior High, and Carver High. After graduating high school, he went to college at Memphis State University, where he earned a degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.
Dickey was employed in the aerospace industry working at Rockwell International, ASSD division, as a software developer, before deciding that he wanted to pursue acting and stand-up comedy, and began the local and national comedy circuit.
Dickey wrote several comedy scripts for his personal comedy act, and later began writing short stories. In 1994, his first published short story "Thirteen" appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora--an Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By", was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.
He then developed a screenplay called "Cappuccino". Directed and produced by Craig Ross Jr., it appeared in coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, "Cappuccino" made its local debut during the Pan-African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles.
Dickey has authored fifteen novels and has been featured in a variety publications, including Essence magazine, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, and his novels have appeared on the bestseller lists of the "Blackboard", The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Dickey has appeared as a guest on many shows, including BET's Our Voices and CNN's Sunday Morning Live.
His books Sleeping with Strangers and Waking with Enemies were released on April 10, 2007 and August 7, 2007, respectively. His 14th novel, Pleasure, was released in April 2008. On November 1, 2008 Dickey released his 15th solo work entitled Dying for Revenge.
Dickey is the author of the graphic novel Storm, which re-imagines the first meeting between the popular X-Men character Ororo Munroe and T'Challa, king of the fictional land of Wakanda known as the Black Panther.
Eric Jerome Dickey is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Kappa Eta Chapter.
- Sleeping With Strangers (April 2007) Characters from Thieves' Paradise mentioned
- Waking With Enemies (August 2007) Characters from Thieves' Paradise mentioned
- Dying for Revenge (November 2008) Characters from Thieves' Paradise mentioned
- Resurrecting Midnight (August 2009) Characters from Thieves' Paradise mentioned
- Finding Gideon (April 2017)
- Sister, Sister (1996)
- Friends & Lovers (1997)
- Milk In My Coffee (1998)
- Cheaters (1999)
- Liars Game (2000) Characters From Liars Game mentioned
- Got To Be Real (2000) - contributing writer
- Mothers and Sons (2001) - contributing writer
- Between Lovers (2001)
- Griots Beneath the Baobab: Tales from Los Angeles (2002) - contributing writer
- Black Silk (2002)
- Thieves' Paradise (2002)
- Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002) - contributing writer
- The Other Woman (May, 2003)
- Naughty or Nice (October 2003)
- Drive Me Crazy (July 2004)
- Genevieve (May 2005)
- Voices from the Other Side: Dark Dreams II (April 2006) - contributing writer
- Chasing Destiny (May 2006)
- Pleasure (April 2008)
- Tempted by Trouble (August 2010)
- An Accidental Affair (April 2012)
- Decadence (April 2013)
- A Wanted Woman (April 2014)
- One Night (April 2015)
- Naughtier than Nice (October 2015)
- Cappuccino (film) 
- The Blackbirds (April 2016)
In the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards, the Fan Award for Best Comic was won by Storm, by Eric Jerome Dickey.