NA Urban Christian Fiction
Date Published: Release day Nov. 5th 2020
Publisher: Jess, Mo’ Books LLC
"Dear Diary, On September 3, 1982, two things happened that I'll never forget: I acquired an older sister, and I fell in real love. But tell me, what does an eight-year-old know about love?"
For nearly a decade, Hosea Felix and Gomer Williams were inseparable. She loved him from the moment she laid eyes on him. Their friendship was iron-clad until temptation rocked Gomer to her core. Somewhere along the way, she fell for another guy and traded young love for instant pleasure. Not only is Jeri Cole fine—he is a bonafide gangsta, unattainable, and off-limits. Jeri was all Gomer could think about, and the only thing she thought she wanted. Despite her big sister already laying claim to him, not much could stop Gomer from clawing at the possibility of love and diva status. Getting with Jeri felt right...but at what cost?
Gomer never backed down. She is the original bad girl—ratchet, bougie, and insatiable. Feel like you wanna dislike her? Well, get in line.
They Call me Gomer… JC Miller's sophomore spin-off novel enthralls readers with a deeply woven, emotionally heart-tugging take on the Book of Hosea. By examining rape culture, drug addiction, family secrets, and the vulnerabilities of young Black girls in pursuit of fortune and fame, this contemporary tale gives those in search of a good dra-mance all the feelings!
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, "I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now. Hosea 2:7
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing for me is getting started. I procrastinate out of fear of not having anything to say and worrying about if what I do say is good enough. I put off writing as long as possible. For me, it’s a mind game. As many writers do, I guess composing outlines would help with the anxiety, but I write by the seat of my pants with an initial idea in mind. When I build up the courage and inspiration to sit down and begin a manuscript, that’s when the magic starts. My stories take on a life of their own. Telling myself to relax and enjoy the process allows my spirit to transfer my thoughts.
What songs are most played on your iPod?
I write to music. Music has the same type of effect as books. Through the mind’s eyes, they both create escapes from reality. My titles take place in the 80s and 90s era, South Bronx, and the songs that I listen to reflect that time. If there were a theme song for my latest title, it would be--Street Life, by Randy Crawford.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Absolutely! My business partner and friend, M.R. Spain, is always the first person I call on when completing a manuscript. She is an honest critiquer, but I feel our taste in books is similar, so I seek out the neutral impressions of beta readers.
What book are you reading now?
When I am writing or promoting my work, I barely have time to read. I have recently found time during daily exercise to dive into the "God Don't Like Ugly series" by Mary Monroe.
How did you start your writing career?
During a dark time in my life, while caring for my ailing mother, I started writing again to help cope. When she passed on in 2017, I realized I had written a three-part series. My friend, M.R. Spain, and I had been messing around with the notion of publishing our books. We seized the opportunity, started Jess, Mo’ Books LLC, and published the series under our own company.
Tell us about your next release.
Currently, I am working on a modernized spin on the story of Mary Magdalene. Sex worker, saint, sinner, witness, wife, and entrepreneur, Magdalene had an extraordinary life. She also suffered from mental health issues, which I would like to explore in the upcoming novel--the stigma attached to mental illness and why women suffer in silence.
JC Miller lives in the scenic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, children, and floppy-eared Bassador pup.
Raised by a single-mother in the Bronx, JC pulls from early experiences to showcase the soul of the ghetto through faith-based novels. She also dedicates much of her time uplifting women via her blog and creating content with partner MR Spain, through their publishing company, Jess, Mo’ Books LLC.
On her days off, you can find JC whipping up her famous Red Velvet Cake and listening to songs from her impressive vinyl record collection.