Jeremy A Phelps was born and raised on Southside Chicago. After graduating high school in Danville Illinois he pursued his passion for music, art, and writing. In 2001 Jeremy enlisted in the United States Air Force and traveled the world, including Asia and Africa. In 2009 he graduated from Chicago State University Cum laude in Art and Design. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to first construct my characters. This is usually done in the head and the heart long before I commit to writing. My character(s) must first become as real to me as the people I encounter on an everyday basis. For me, the storyline to any story is secondary. The character creates the story. The charaters will carry the story and cause the reader to turn the page and become engrossed with the narrative. After I know my charaters then I develop the story that will allow me to introduce them to the world.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I ever read. However, one of the first stories I ever read was The Sword and the Stone, or the legend of King Arthur. That story, like many others that my mother had me to read, showed me the power of imagination. It instilled in me the thirst for creativity and awoken in my young heart the belief that I was placed on this Earth to exercise my gift of creativity. To inspire success. To aspire toward something great.
Suffering from Sickle-Cell Anemia and life-threatening heart disease, young Tamara James is out to steal away a piece of the happiness that life has forbidden her. She is ready and willing to sleep with any man she can: namely yours! But when she sets eyes on Maurice Harding - a mystical and handsome poet engaged to marry another woman - she sets in motion a summer that will follow them forever.