New Orleans’ Queen of African American Romance & Thug Love Shares Her Story and the Power of Cole Hart Signature
Miss Jazzie, a talented New Orleans author, has won the hearts of readers with her evocative African American romance novels, enthralling tales of thug love, and empowering stories of single mothers. With over twenty best-selling books to her name, she has become a leading voice in the literary world. In an exclusive interview, Miss Jazzie offers a glimpse into her journey, her inspirations, and the powerhouse publisher Cole Hart Signature.
Q1: Miss Jazzie, congratulations on your incredible success! How did your journey as a writer begin, and what drew you to African American romance and thug love stories?
A1: Thank you so much! My journey began in my early childhood. Growing up in New Orleans, I was always surrounded by a rich culture and diverse stories. From parades on Mardi Gras to second-lines every Sunday in the city. On the flipside of that, I have witnessed the low and hardcore poverty level of New Orleans. From seeing the drug users and homeless people living wherever they could find space outside of the shelters provided. I loved reading, and I soon realized I had a passion for creating my own stories. I was particularly drawn to African American romance and thug love stories because they resonated with my own experiences and the people around me. I wanted to give a voice to those unique experiences and characters, and it’s been a thrilling adventure ever since.
Q2: With over twenty books published, how do you consistently come up with new and exciting ideas for your novels, especially in the African American romance genre?
A2: I believe inspiration can be found everywhere; from the people I meet to the places I visit. New Orleans, in particular, is a treasure trove of stories waiting to be told. I also take inspiration from my personal experiences and the emotions I go through. I think it’s important to keep an open mind, to always be curious, and to pay attention to the world around me. This approach helps me create fresh and engaging stories in the African American romance genre.
Q3: Can you tell us a bit about your partnership with Cole Hart Signature and how it has contributed to your success in African American romance and thug love stories?
A3: Cole Hart Signature has been instrumental in my success as an author. They believed in me from the very beginning and provided me with the resources, guidance, and support I needed to bring my stories to life. It’s both exciting and exhilarating to have such a dedicated partner who holds me accountable in the literary world as well as my personal wellbeing. Being a part of the Cole Hart Signature family has allowed me to collaborate with other talented authors in the African American romance and thug love genres and learn from their experiences. It’s been an amazing journey with them, and I’m incredibly grateful for our partnership.
Q4: Many of your books feature strong, resilient single mothers as protagonists. Why do you think it’s essential to portray these characters in your work?
A4: I think it’s incredibly important to represent the diverse experiences of women, particularly single mothers, in my work. Single mothers are some of the strongest, most resilient people I know, and their stories are often underrepresented in literature. By featuring them as protagonists, I hope to shed light on their struggles, triumphs, and unconditional love for their children. The job of being a single mother requires a lot, and it’s my way of celebrating their strength and acknowledging their experiences.
Q5: Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring writers who want to achieve the level of success that you have in African American romance and thug love stories?
A5: First and foremost, believe in yourself and your abilities. Never give up. Writing is a deeply personal and sometimes challenging process, but it’s essential to trust your voice and stay true to your vision. Secondly, be persistent and disciplined. Writing requires dedication and hard work, so commit to your craft and keep pushing forward, even when it feels difficult. And finally, never stop learning and growing. Always be open to learning and putting forth the effort for new and improving your writing.