The Author’s Story – @BeemWeeks

My name is BEEM WEEKS.  I am the author of the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel called JAZZ BABY,” and a collection of short stories entitled  “SLIVERS OF LIFE.”   I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, USA. I am the third of four children – two brothers and a sister. My parents divorced when I was seven years old.

I’ve been a writer since my earliest years, having co-authored a play that found its way on stage at my elementary school. This play, a work in the time-travel genre, taught me that with nothing more than pen, paper and imagination, I have the power to create worlds and characters that would not exist without me.

When I reached high school, I enrolled in a journalism course, which led to my joining the school newspaper staff, where I wrote concert and record reviews, conducted interviews with student athletes, and anybody else who’d experienced something worth sharing. It was through my journalism class that I saw some of my music reviews make it into the local newspaper, giving me a nudge toward a career in journalism.

Unfortunately, I chose the path of drugs and alcohol after graduation. During those years, I wrote very sporadically, often going months without producing a single page of new work.

I eventually got sober, moved forward, and re-joined the living.

On November 4, 2010, I lost my little brother to the side effects of chemotherapy in his battle with leukemia. On May 30, 2012, a month after “JAZZ BABY”  saw release, my father passed away following a massive heart attack. This drained much of the excitement from my accomplishment. Neither my father nor my brother had the opportunity to read it.

But death is as much a part of life as is living. We are each of us born to die. It’s what we choose to do in the limited time we are afforded, that determines who and what we really can be. I am a writer. I shall write while I am here.

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To learn more about Beem:

*AUTHOR, BEEM WEEKS

*Author Showcase

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  1. Jazz Baby was one of the first books I read when I joined RRBC_RWISA and it is one of my favorites. Slivers of Life was captivating and certainly some of the short stories spoke to me more than others did. Thank you for all you do for RRBC_RWISA.

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  2. Beem, I love it when we can own and share our truths. It always helps us grow a bit taller and a lot stronger, and then, it helps the neighbor, who you had no idea was struggling along the same path. Thank you! (Of course you already know that I love your writing!)

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    • Thanks, Nonnie. That’s exactly why I share that part of my story. There are so many others who struggle and feel alone in the struggle. Sharing helps. I remember those who shared with me.

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  3. Beem, I feel privileged to be your colleague and friend. You are an excellent writer, brilliant in many ways, a tireless worker, and a brave man.

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  4. Janelle Jalbert May 10, 2016 — 6:42 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing your story. I was amazed to see how much we share a similar journey and outlook on life. Onward and upward =)

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