Jerry Alexandre

Biography

Jerry Alexandre was born on January 13, 1972 in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. At 15 years old, he departed to Canada. Almost two years later, he moved to the United States where he lived for almost a decade. At 22 years of age, he began to write poetry. In 1997, he returned to Montreal where he attended Dawson College as a Social Science student.

In fact, throughout the years Jerry spent in Montreal, bitterness helped him to discover the unrealistic side of a bourgeois society. He came to realize misery was everywhere. Afterward, he went to New York City where his whole existence and body seemed to shatter into lost pieces. While on a journey into the wrong side of the world, he perceived education was and still is the key that opens steel doors poverty sealed tightly. Since he was expelled from the educational system at 16 years of age, Alexandre adopted the street life as any abandoned child would in this cold and heartless dungeon. During his short and woeful excursion, he resigned to complete his education where he was chained in a lonely cage. When Jerry returned from the States on May 15, 1997, he applied for College. Unfortunately, he was refused because the administrative board thought he was unprepared. He worked night shifts baking donuts to obtain the excessive amount of money that the poor do not have to buy the hours to complete the requirements for the diploma. Overcoming this heart wrenching social obstacle, he went to school despite the continual rejections. Jerry attended classes anyway, where he has been successful ever since. Education is a vital tool, but self-education is a mysterious phenomenon.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
To become an indie author was the hardest choice in my life. I struggled for almost twenty one years with self-publishing and publishing companies to establish myself as a creative writer and serious author in the world. However, I found self-publishing was really difficult once big chain stores refused to welcome new independent authors in 2000. Although I became well-known in my little environment, I still could not reach my bigger audience around the world. In fact, it is my determination to share my stories, sensitivity, and compassion with readers that allowed me to go on. I felt my stories are important to hear, and that I could not let the publishing industry suffocate my voice and dismiss my opinion as someone totally insignificant in the writing community. Once I have worked hard enough to become self-sufficient and a better writer, I chose this medium to by-pass all the barriers that exist in the publishing world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As a new Smashwords author, I can say with the plethora of services offered by the site and wide publications that I am on my way to achieve my goals. From the time I have posted my ebook online, I was able to reach a worldwide audience. Instantly, I became no longer invisible as I was in the physical book publishing industry. To have a venue where you can have unlimited exposure and the ability to reach a bigger audience, it is up to you as well to invest the time to assure the world recognizes that you exist. The opportunity is here, and it is up to you to seize the possibility as myself to make your experience with Smashwords worthwhile.
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Where to find Jerry Alexandre online


Books

Why My Tears Drop
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Why My Tears Drop, this enticing collection of poetry, is a fascinating book that addresses the critic and the need to reflect the opinion of a public that misconstrued the attitude and social position of the poet. Poetically, the book was written to engage the audience in a more precise and constructive manner. Despite that fact, the poet remains highly romantic and critical of the class issue.

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