ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author, Entrepreneur, and Nonprofit Director Michelle D. Jackson published her first book, The Heart of a Man, a Christian fiction novel, in 2010. In 2014, the book was awarded a top prize in The Author's Zone Annual Writer's Competition, General Fiction Category. She was also the recipient of the Princeton Literary Review Gold Standard. Her second novel, From Darkness to Night: Book One - Family Secrets, was released in 2020. It was selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the American Book Fest's Fiction: African-American category of the 2020 Best Book Awards. Also, the novel was added to the Broward Community College's African-American literature curriculum in 2023.
Jackson's third book is Poppi Makes Cajun Popcorn Magic: The 10-Step Guide to Building a Successful Food Startup. This is her first in a series of comic books that teaches youth how to start scalable businesses. The Poppi Book was recognized as a Finalist in the American Book Fest's Fiction: Children's Educational category of the 2022 Best Book Awards.
Jackson was a contributing writer for The Mount Christian Lifestyle Magazine in Pittsburgh and has had articles published in Essence Magazine, Biz Magazine New Orleans, Nia Magazine, CityBusiness New Orleans, and many other print and online publications. She was selected as a Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Fellow. She blogs at www.1stmorningthoughts.com and www.prsbiznews.me.
Jackson is the owner of PR Solutions LLC, a strategic marketing and corporate event planning firm, i.Invest National Youth Business Competition, Direct2Author.com, an online bookstore, and Jackson Publishing Group, a hybrid publishing company. She is the Executive Director of LifeSkills Foundation and the founder of the Black Writers Workspace Online Community, comprised of over 13,000+ black writers and readers. She recently launched Direct2Author.com, an online indie book marketing platform.
In addition to her BA degree, Jackson has a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.