Jazzy Mitchell

Jazzy Mitchell is a fellow author at Desert Palm Press. Her new book Undertow was just released. Below you will find her bio and some information about her new book. With our very own election barely days away from happening, her book couldn’t be more timely. 

  AJ Adaire

Technology is a double-edged sword. Sure, it provides us with the ability to look up information. It helps us communicate with others, even those across the world. It broadcasts the newest information, tracks celebrities’ actions, and reviews all modes of entertainment such as books, music, movies, and plays. It connects us and offers more information than we could ever hope to digest. And let’s not forget how much of it is rooted in opinion, not fact. People’s perspectives, agendas, and motivations spin the information they offer, and it’s up to us to determine how trustworthy the information is.                                                                                    

In my newest novel, Undertow, we get to follow the highs and lows of Maggie Ambrose’s life, all which molded her. Her publisher convinces her to write a revealing memoir to kick off her presidential campaign, and Maggie agrees, although she isn’t thrilled with the prospect. She knows people will dig into her past. She knows being a public servant, a career politician, means not having much privacy. She knows how easy it is for people to enter her name in a search engine to find details about her life. So, she decides to write about her childhood, her relationships, and the challenges she’s overcome. She wants to be the one to present the information, the one to place her own spin on the details of her life.

Ah, the best-laid plans…. I won’t ruin the surprise by providing any spoilers, but Maggie doesn’t get to introduce herself on the national stage the way she plans. She must deal with others spinning the details of her life, and she scrambles to pivot the revelations into a broader conversation about equality and acceptance.

Here's where technology can be hurtful. Here’s where misinformation, if accepted as the truth, can prove damaging. Here’s where dishonorable people with ulterior motives can impose their beliefs on others and many times trick them into believing the lies are true. Here’s where people can hide behind the anonymity of the internet to post malignant half-truths and gross exaggerations to further their causes.

Okay, I don’t want to get too political since you’ll be reading some of it in Undertow, but I do want to underline this point: technology is a tool, and like all tools, it can cause pain when not used correctly. (If you’ve ever hit your thumb with a hammer while attempting to hammer a nail into a surface, you’ll know what I mean. What? Just me? Um, never mind.) So, as we gear up for national elections, I hope you’ll remember to fact-check what you’re reading on the internet. And when you need some inspiration, visit Maggie in the pages of Undertow to follow her journey to the White House.  



BIO: Jazzy Mitchell loves to tell stories, one word at a time. Knowing how powerful words are, she enjoys connecting them in different ways. Her writing has evolved through poetry, short stories, fanfiction under the name Jazwriter, and novels. Each project has taught her how to integrate what she’s observed. She’s warned loved ones anything they say or do may show up in her next novel.

During the past thirty years Jazzy has reinvented herself several times. She taught English for a decade to inner-city, underprivileged middle school and high school students, giving back to her hometown and the school system which helped her. During that time, she encouraged countless students to express themselves through their writing by exploring their artistic sides. Law school drove the creativity out of her, but over time her artistic instincts reasserted themselves. Through the years, she has taught adults about ethics and the law and, through the Lightarian Institute, energy work.

Jazzy’s the author of four contemporary lesbian romance novels published through Desert Palm Press: Lost Treasures—which received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Rainbow Awards, Musings of a Madwoman, You Matter, and her newest novel, Undertow. Jazzy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her loving wife, three energetic children, and feisty bulldog. 

Jazzy Mitchell's social media links: 

Author Website: www.jazzymitchell.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JazzyMitchell5 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jazzymitchellauthor/ 
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/jazwriter 
Publisher’s Page: https://desertpalmpress.com/jazzy-mitchell/


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