JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Ja’Nese Dixon, author of Black Diamonds
Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds. The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fultonâ€™s assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with the finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camilleâ€™s objections.
Their attraction is instant and tense; both resolve to focus on the case. When Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker, Marc may be the only person she can trust. Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Jaâ€™Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, will love triumph?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Black Diamonds?
Ja’Nese Dixon: I found myself fascinated with a black diamond jewelry set. At that time, I didnâ€™t know that black diamonds existed. I knew that I intended to participate in the Nanowrimo writing challenge. I wanted to write about a strong black woman trying to make in a predominately-male industry, hence the FBI. I used several months before the competition to research and outline.
JP: Why did you decide to use Black Diamonds to explore the treacherous world of conflict diamonds, also known as “blood diamonds”?
JD: I wanted to write a book that entertained and educated readers. I recalled researching conflict diamonds and decided to do some extensive research. I came across a figure that stopped me in my tracks. The article estimated that only 85 percent of diamonds are accounted for. I thoughtâ€¦BINGO! From there is making my content appropriate and embedded in my story.
JP: With the FBI and conflict diamonds being the backdrop of this novel, how did go about researching information to make this novel more believable?
JD: I researched the CIA, FBI, NSA, international rebel groups, precious stones trading, diamond industry, just to name a few important threads. I used books, documentaries, the internet, and I conducted a few interviews.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Black Diamonds?
JD: I put a lot of time on the front in with my research, outlining, etc. I did this for about two months. I started writing and completed the first draft in about a month. I then spent a couple of months with re-writes. Thus, from start to finish about four or five months.
JP: What’s next for Ja’Nese Dixon?
JD: I am currently on the virtual book tour for Black Diamond. You can read about prior stops on my website. I am also a contributing author in Coffee Confessions. Please visit my blog for my appearances, events, and books. Readers can look for my next book, Intoxicated, a little after the new year.