Dickey has written numerous novels, including bestsellers such as Milk in My Coffee, Friends and Lovers, and Cheaters. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1961 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1983, which played a role in many of his works. He first worked as a software developer in the aerospace industry before becoming a writer. In 1996 he published his debut novel “Sister, Sister” about young black women. In addition to novels and short stories, he also wrote a miniseries for Marvel Comics starring Storm (X-Men) and Black Panther.
The US author Roxane Gay (“Bad Feminist”) wrote on Twitter: “I am very sad about the death of Eric Jerome Dickey. He was some of the first novels I read about black people that weren’t about slavery or civil rights. He was a great storyteller. ”Dickey’s latest work, The Son of Mr. Suleman, is due out in April.