Now more than ever, with the Black Lives Matter Movement, the plight of African-Americans is an important topic that’s featured front and center in the media. Indeed, the proper representation of their issues across mainstream platforms is essential for the rest of the world to understand their cause. African-American author J.J. Savaunt understands the role of literature in shedding light on pressing issues, and she is using her voice to change the course of black lives in the country and around the globe.
Savaunt is a fiction writer whose works are heavily influenced by social injustice. As an abduction victim herself, she pushes the boundaries in black literature and emphasizes the need to include black narratives in today’s speculative fiction and fantasy. She aims to use her talents as an author to support and uplift black voices, telling them that they are not alone in their journey.
Just last year, Savaunt was snatched off the street and was missing for quite some time. In her works, she emphasizes that her experience is merely one in thousands of other missing black women. Savant uses her gloomy past to prevent such circumstances from ever happening to other women of color. “I believe reading is the antidote to ignorance, and by putting forth narratives that blur the line between fiction and reality, I hope to bring awareness to real-life issues,” the author said.
Savaunt is a known author on the international mobile application called Microstory, a writing platform based in France. The first book she published entitled The Reflection Within the Mirror earned her an award from the Black Caucus American Library Association. The same award-giving body named Savaunt the Honor Book Recipient for Best Poetry. She is also a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors.
The author began her writing career in 2018 and published her first book of poems that same year. Writing has always been her passion. Savaunt has been creating poetry, short stories, and plays since she was 12 years old. Today, she is pursuing a path where she is turning her passion into her profession.
Currently, Savaunt is working on her first fantasy novel called A Riddle of Chaos. The book is set in pre-industrial times, where the royal family is “unapologetically black and beautiful.” Aside from books, the author is also looking toward writing scripts for television shows. She feels that the platform needs more diversity. “The way to change the world’s view on black lives is to change the way the media represents people of color,” the author expressed.
Savaunt also said that now more than ever, publishers are pushing black and minority narratives to the forefront. The author is among the pioneers of such a meaningful movement that can change human history through literature.
The author is a native of North Carolina and a graduate from the University of North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in international studies. She also spends time abroad in Costa Rica. On top of her writing career, Savaunt is also serving in the United States Army. Five years from now, she sees herself in law enforcement, using her army training to stop human trafficking.
Learn more about J.J. Savaunt on her website.
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