‘I’ve been writing stories since I was around nine or ten years old. As a little girl I loved stories of the paranormal too. During the 1990s I rediscovered my love of SF reading folks like Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due. When I caught the “fire” and started writing fiction again it had to be speculative fiction. I’m in love with this genre — in love with stories of the fantastic and strange.
In the 21th century there are very still few characters like us, and out of this small pool many are post-modern “Step-and Fetchits” (stereotypes). This is why speculative fiction is so important. This genre helps us to see outside reality, to say: what if? It helps us to imagine and create spectacular, wondrous realms, step back and find the beauty and wisdom there, and then transform our own space.
We need to dream, and we need our writers to help us to dream. Even if – especially if – these dreams are of fantastic, imaginary creatures and happenings. We need this because dreaming can be an escape. One should never underestimate the power of escape. Imagine a child living in squalor, and escaping into pages of a novel. Or a slave reading by lamplight and envisioning her freedom. Or a man working as a sharecropper, and at sunset telling his story with harmonica. We all need to escape, at least sometimes, into the worlds of those who dream like us, who understand us; who look like us. To paraphrase B.B. King, we need authors who get us where we live. Second of all dreaming helps us to change. If you can dream it, you can do it. You can move yourself and your corner of life forward.’
Author Valjeanne Jeffers, orginally submitted on BlackFaery (UbatiMweze mythwhispering)
Valjeanne Jeffers is a poet, artist and the author of five SF/Fantasy novels Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend, Immortal III: Stealer of Souls, The Switch II: Clockwork (which includes Book 1 and 2) and Immortal IV: Collison of Worlds and several short works of fiction.
Valjeanne is well-known for mixing the quest for liberation with science fiction, erotic fantasy and horror. Her novels can be previewed or purchased at her site: Authors Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal.
Book I of The Switch II has been published in the groundbreaking anthology Steamfunk! (edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojatade). Valjeanne has also been published in numerous other anthologies including: Lunewing, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Pembroke, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Say It Loud: Poems about James Brown.
She works as a freelance editor and is co-owner of Q & V Affordable Editing with her fiancee writer and cover artist, Quinton Veal.
Valjeanne is working on two more novels: Colony: A Space Opera and Mona Livelong. The prequel Colony is available at smashwords.