Delizhia Jenkins is an Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author who currently resides in Inglewood, CA. The love for writing began in elementary school when the passion for storytelling developed into a journey of writing. Over the years, she honed her craft for storytelling and the written word by excelling in subjects such English and English Literature; and by indulging in her favorite past time which involved reading the works of Anne Rice, K’Wan, Christopher Pike, Carl Weber, Omar Tyree and finally the late L.A. Banks. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood also claimed her heart and author Karen Marie Moning joined the ranks of Miss Jenkins’ all time favorite authors.
Miss Jenkins began publishing in 2013 with her first African American romance novel, Love at Last. After that, it was realized that her true magic rested in her writing about the ancient, the esoteric, and the supernatural. Moreover, since 2014, after her release of Nubia Rising: The Awakening, Miss Jenkins remained true to herself and her calling. And of course, being a true romantic at heart, it was important for her to fuse romance with the paranormal with a dash of “color.” Miss Jenkins prides herself on writing for “the woman without the fairy tale” and of course bringing magic and melanin to each book she writes.
“I take readers on a journey because that is what storytelling is: a journey. The readers become one with the characters; they feel, taste, smell, and touch every surface, every nuance of emotion, even the chime of the sword slicing through the air in the heat of a battle when it comes down to it.”
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: STARTING OUT WRITING AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, WHAT WAS YOUR
DELIZHIA: I’ve always loved to write. I learned at a very young age how to create with my pen. I lived in my head a lot and found my creative space in the books that I read and whatever came to mind when I picked up my pencil.
BLAQVERSITY: WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO WRITING ROMANCE NOVELS?
DELIZHIA: I suppose I am just a romantic at heart. I love a good love story. I believe especially in today’s society; we need them more than ever to remind us that matters of the heart are just as important.
BLAQVERSITY: I THINK ITS INTERESTING THAT MOST AUTHORS ARE WRITING ABOUT THE
SUPERNATURAL AND THE ANCIENT TIMES. HOW DID YOUR PASSION IN THAT COME ABOUT?
DELIZHIA: Since I was a child, I was drawn to televisions and shows that depicted supernatural entities from vampires, gods and goddesses, mythical beasts… and since I childhood, I always wondered if there was truth in the fiction. I began reading the R.L. Stine series in elementary and then with age came the following authors: Christopher Pike, Anne Rice, and then the late L.A. Banks just to name a few. Me falling in love with the Science Fiction and its sub-genres is just something that I naturally drew to. I’m also a huge history buff with a strong interest in the “pseudo- sciences”, all of which contributes to my work as an author.
BLAQVERSITY: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED ALL TOGETHER? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ONE THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN?
DELIZHIA: I recently completed my fifteenth manuscript and I have written for three anthologies so far. Out of all my work my most favorite would be my Vampire Hunters Academy series and The Lost Queen.
BLAQVERSITY: IN NUBIA RISES: THE AWAKENING, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT YOUR READERS TO GAIN FROM READING THE NOVEL?
DELIZHIA: I wanted the readers to “awaken.”
BLAQVERSITY: DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER BOOK PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON THIS YEAR?
DELIZHIA: I have several. I am wrapping up the first sequel to The Vampire Hunters Academy, titled, Cain – which is something I am over the moon excited about. There is also the title, Dracula’s Apprentice I am working my way through and a few others I will be disclosing later on in the year.
BLAQVERSITY: MARKETING FOR AUTHORS HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS. WHAT MARKETING TOOLS ARE YOU USING TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOKS? DOES SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS AS WELL?
DELIZHIA: Marketing is tough because the techniques are forever changing. Social media is a major tool for me but I am also doing things like acting as a vendor for events as a means to self- promote my work.
BLAQVERSITY: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE LIKE?
DELIZHIA: I take readers on a journey because that is what storytelling is: a journey. The readers become one with the characters; they feel, taste, smell, and touch every surface, every nuance of emotion, even the chime of the sword slicing through the air in the heat of a battle when it comes down to it. My style possesses a contemporary flair with an old -world touch that makes a storyteller, a storyteller.
BLAQVERSITY: HOW CAN READERS CONNECT WITH YOU?
DELIZHIA: They can connect with me on my website: missjenkinsbooks.com. They can follow me on Instagram at miss_jenkins_books.
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