Saturday, March 25, 2017

0 Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY, on writing her book during Hurricane Sandy

We are thrilled to have Tiffany D. Jackson here to give us a closer look into her debut novel ALLEGEDLY.

Tiffany, what is your favorite thing about ALLEGEDLY?

What a great question! I think my favorite thing about ALLEGEDLY is the backstory, as told by mixing form, including article/book excerpts, interviews, and case files. It really creates an experience with the story that hopefully resonates with kids.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

One scene that I particularly love, is a scene during a huge storm in which the main character, Mary, comes to the realization that she needs to get out of the group home. There’s so much tension throughout, you can’t help but to feel like you’re sitting on pins.

How long did you work on ALLEGEDLY?

In 2012, I originally wrote the very first semi-complete draft in a week, during Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t truly finish it until 2014 and started sending it to agents.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

This book definitely taught me to step out of my comfort zone and push boundaries, but most importantly, it taught me about the importance and art of telling an unforgettable story by adding realism. Realism required research, more than I’ve done for any book before.


by Tiffany D. Jackson
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 1/24/2017

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

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Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of ALLEGEDLY (January 24th, 2017; HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Visit her at


Have you had a chance to read ALLEGEDLY yet? Did you like Tiffany's use of different forms to tell her story? How do you think realism affected ALLEGEDLY? Do you try and incorporate it into your writing? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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