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Sheneska Jackson

Sheneska Jackson was born in 1970, in California, United States. Jackson and her brother Marcell grew up in a single-parent household headed by their mother, Etna, who was a supervisor for a utility company. Her childhood home was in Los Angeles’s South-Central area. After high school, Sheneska enrolled in college at California State University at Northridge, where she earned a degree in journalism in 1992.

Jackson had a difficult time finding a job in the field of journalism and was working as a hospital secretary when she attended a talk by novelist Terry McMillan, who had become a household name in 1992 with the success of Waiting to Exhale. McMillan’s words spurred Jackson to kickstart her own career as a writer. Her first work Caught Up in the Rapture was published for 200,000$ in 1995, and since then, Jackson works as a freelance writer, living in Los Angeles, California.

Sheneska Jackson is best known as the author of three novels, Caught up in the Rapture, Li’l Mama’s Rules and Blessings, centering on young African American women striving for satisfying personal relationships and professional success in the 1990s.

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