Sister Sister. Between Lovers. Thieves’ Paradise. Naughty or Nice. Naughtier Than Nice. Drive Me Crazy. An Accidental Affair. These are just a few of the many novels that Eric Jerome Dickey wrote. It is with sadness that I write the post. On January 3, 2021, Eric Jerome Dickey, a literary giant, departed this earth, and his death came as shock to his audience.
When I saw the first Instagram post about Dickey’s passing, I immediately searched the Internet to find out if this news was true; I found nothing. A few hours later, I saw another post. I searched the Internet again, and again, I found nothing. I saw a third post. For the third time, I searched the Internet. This time, I found an article confirming his death. and no, it was not fake news. I could not believe it. I stared at my phone; I was hurt. This man was my favorite author. Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, I felt like I had lost a friend.
As I processed this news, my phone rang. It was a friend calling to see if I was okay. She knew that I would be sad about Dickey’s death. When I answered the phone, she immediately asked, “Are you okay?” I totally appreciated that call, so to my friend, LaQueisha Malone, thank you for your act of kindness.
The literary world lost an icon. He had the power of the pen. He was a master of words. He made his readers feel like they knew the characters in his books He made his readers feel emotion while reading his books. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Eric Jerome Dickey, thank you for sharing your talent. God rest your soul.
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