Connie Briscoe is a 3 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author
Connie Briscoe was Voted the #23 Favorite Author of the 20th Century
Connie Briscoe: My real name is Constance, but everyone has always called me “Connie.” I was blessed with a wonderful upbringing. Although my immediate family is small—I have one sister—we are very close and supportive of each other.
The only thing unusual about my life was that I was born with a hearing loss, inherited from my father’s side of the family. From childhood through my twenties, it was a moderate loss and I was able to attend public schools and to go on to college with few problems. When I was in my mid-twenties the loss worsened and by graduate school I needed a hearing aid. I eventually took a job at Gallaudet University and began to learn sign language. I never let my hearing loss hold me back from doing the things I wanted to do. I just adapted and plowed on.
A couple of years ago, I had a cochlear implant and most of my hearing has been restored. I’m now doing things I hadn’t done in years, like going to the movies, enjoying music and using the telephone. It really is a miracle.
I’m not sure when I first thought about being a writer. I’ve always had “a way with words” and took a few stabs at writing a novel when I was in my twenties, but I never finished—perhaps because I did not have enough life experience to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. I put it off and pursued other things—a brief marriage, my career, traveling around the world, photography—but the desire to write was always in the background. And although my career as an editor was progressing fairly well, I realized that I wanted more out of life. So I took another stab at writing.
This second attempt resulted in Sisters and Lovers, and to my amazement, it eventually sold more than 100,000 hardcover and about a half million paperback copies. It appeared on the bestseller lists of the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. My second novel, Big Girls Don’t Cry, hit many of the bestseller lists as well, including the New York Times. A Long Way From Home, the story of my ancestors, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
I live with my family in Maryland in a quiet community with beautiful pastoral views. Although I sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of the big city, it’s the perfect setting for writing.
Connie Briscoe In Her Own Words
“I was born in Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Eve, 1952. A younger sister followed about twenty-two months later. I had a happy, normal childhood in every way. Although shy and quiet in my early years, I began to get a little rebellious in my teens—but nothing far out of the ordinary.”
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Being Jazmine (Invisible Book 3) by Cecily Anne Paterson
Print Length: 174 pages
Publication Date: July 12, 2017
I am so excited to see this book come to fruition. In 2014, I gave a friendly challenge to author Cecily Anne Paterson to not only write a third book in her series but to include at least one other deaf character with whom Jazmine could interact. She did her research and I’m impressed with effort and how it all came together.
Jazmine and her new friends are Deaf but this is not a book about deafness. With a wonderful garden metaphor that resonates throughout the series, Being Jazmine offers believable characters and an unpredictable plot that would be perfect to add to any reading list. The series tackles teen relationships, mean girls, family secrets, fitting in, identity, and characters finding themselves.
The characters use Auslan Sign Language to communicate.
Jazmine’s deaf. And she’s getting tired. Tired of having to try hard, tired of fitting in, tired of pretending to be like everyone else.
When Jaz goes to deaf camp, a new world opens up to her. A world where things are easier, and she finally seems to have a place.
But when you leave one world and enter another, what happens to the people you leave behind? And why is one of her new deaf friends suddenly pushed out of the group?
Which world will Jaz live in? Can she keep a foot in both? How will she figure out the best way to be Jazmine?
Being Jazmine is the third book in Cecily Anne Paterson's Invisible series, featuring easy-to-love, hard-of-hearing teen Jazmine Crawford. The first book in the series, Invisible, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014. The second, Invincible, was shortlisted in the Australian CALEB Prize in 2016.