Jemiah Jefferson was born in Denver, Colorado. Her childhood consisted of a steady diet of AM radio, New Wave and disco, music videos, Star Wars, horror movies, voracious and indiscriminate reading, and hours of daydreaming; all of these influences can still be found in her writing.
Her first printed work, St*rf*ck*ng, a group of short erotic stories with a touch of celebrity obsession, was published by local small-press rockstar Kevin Sampsell for Future Tense Books.
The first draft of the novel that would become Voice of the Blood was written in 24 hours in 1990 in a fit of inspiration. After another six years of thinking about it (and writing a few more novels and short stories in the meantime) she finally began to apply herself to this work, taking her experiences of living in San Francisco and of her contacts with the young, amoral, and beautiful that she had there and applying them to a situation and a set of characters already in existence in her imagination. Voice (originally titled Vox Sanguinus) was released by Leisure Books in Feburary 2001.
Wounds, a novel detailing the further adventures of the vampire Daniel Blum, reflected the paranoia and possibility of 9/11 and the concept of “art crime.” The third novel, Fiend, expanded the story into the 19th and early 20th-century Europe with an exploration of the life of vampire Orfeo Ricari. A Drop of Scarlet, the fourth book in the series, further explores the neuroses, fascinations, desires, and loves of this extended vampire “family.” May 2011 brought the trade-paperback and ebook re-release of the entire “Vampire Quartet.”
She has also written for Willamette Week (which featured the Halloween ghost story “Polaroids of Dorothy” in October 2005), Just Out, Plazm, 2Grlz Quarterly, and Cafe 80s Magazine.
She works in the editorial department at Dark Horse Comics, Inc., is a regular contributor to Popshifter.com, and has a new erotica novel, still untitled, in progress.
Jemiah Jefferson lives in southeast Portland, Oregon.