LaCharmine (L.A.) Jefferson always enjoyed reading and writing but being an author never crossed her mind. It wasn’t practical. Being a practical kind of person, L.A. chose to study accounting when she began college in the winter term of 1994 at Davenport University. Within a year, though, her life took an unexpected turn when she got married, gave birth to her daughter, and moved to Hawaii to live the life of a military wife. Afforded the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom to her precious baby girl, L.A. rekindled her love of reading.
“Being a writer is like always having homework.”
— L.A. Jefferson
That first Christmas in Hawaii, her mother sent her a book that, yet again, changed the direction of her life. Vivid, an African American historical romance novel, written by fellow Michigander, Beverly Jenkins was the book that inspired her to write. Surely, Ms. Jenkins wasn’t the first book that L.A. read written by a Michigander, but it was the first that whispered in her ear, “You can do this too!”
It just so happened that L.A. had a story in mind-her own fantasy of rekindling a flame with an ex from high school who’d broken her heart years before. Ten years would pass before L.A. finished writing that book, which evolved into a story of its own. Over that time, L.A. returned to Michigan, divorced her first husband, embarked on the life of full-time, single, working mother. She pursued and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees, both in business management. But she never stopped writing that book.
In an interesting turn of events, L.A. remarried her ex-husband, gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, and divorced her husband again. When the smoke cleared from that reconciliation to hell-the inspiration behind her second novel, L.A. finally published her first novel, Unfinished Business in 2009. Life got really busy after that.
L.A. has immersed herself into her local writing community, joining organizations like Motown Writers Network and attending conferences and events with Detroit Working Writers, Red Ink Conference, and Detroit Writers Guild. In 2016, L.A. founded SQS Publishing, under which she published her second novel, Reconciliation to Hell in the summer of 2017. While L.A.’s first love is fiction writing, she’s developed a love affair with creative non-fiction. One of her stories is set to be published in an anthology about father/daughter relationships. And she’s expecting a phone call any day now from Chicken Soup for the Soul requesting permission to publish one of the stories she’s gave to them.
Stay tuned for more on that!
Today, L.A.’s life is reflective of a quote she read a long time ago, “Being a writer is like always having homework.” Even when she takes a break from writing, she’s writing something: a post for her blog on Naturally L.A., a story pulled from the pages from her life for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, or fleshing out a new book idea. In between all of that she enjoys quality time with her husband, blended family of four, and two dogs. L.A. is on the leadership team at her church Kadesh Baptist Church and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She lives in metropolitan Detroit.