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Eric Jerome Dickey has been a software engineer, an actor and a stand-up comedian. Then he discovered that writing was what he liked to do best. He started writing poetry and short stories, but he wasn't satisfied with short-form writing: "I'd set out to do a 10-page story and it would go on for 300 pages," he said. Since then, his work has landed many times on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, Essence and USA Today. His latest novel is "Tempted by Trouble" (NAL Trade).