Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen, a.k.a. "Prissy", was born and raised in Alabama. She lived in New York City and worked as an editor before relocating to Paris, France in 1999. Once in France she taught both Corporate and General English for five years, all the while still working on various editing and writing projects. This experience of working with French businesspersons would later prove essential for her adaptation to French lifestyle and culture.
In 2005, Priscilla published her first novel, Stockdale, which takes readers into the small-town life of Cassie Taylor. On 2011, Priscilla published Next of Kin, a memoir about losing her father to cancer while living thousands of miles away in France.
"In the small southern town of Stockdale, Alabama, where blacks live on one side of the tracks and whites on the other, Cassie Taylor wants nothing more than to get out. Taught early that she's not free to love whomever she pleases in Stockdale due to the color of her skin, Cassie embarks on a journey that takes her into and out of the arms of bad-boy Blake, and then across the world to South Korea, to the good guy she's certain will save her.
But is Blake really out of her life for good? In this tale of self-discovery, adventure, forbidden love and courage, find out what happens in a place where being black or white can mean absolutely nothing or everything."
Dr. Lewis Tatham
Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of
Language and Literature, Austin Peay State University
"Priscilla Lalisse is a new voice from the South. Stockdale is a novel of hope in its representation of a town in transition and in its presentation of a character, Cassie Taylor, who has risen above the racism of her society."
"Dear I have just finished Stockdale. I could not put it down! I am sad it's over it was so good. Your book Stockdale is an inspiration to young folks. I will recommend it to my community. God Bless."
Reviewed by Stacey Seay of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
"I enjoyed how the author put the topic of inter-racial relationships into the context of the post-civil rights era south. Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen does an excellent job creating a realistic small-town setting for the book, and her depictions of college life, and even life in Korea were detailed enough for me to visualize and feel like I was there."
K. Danielle Edwards
Author of Stacy Jones
"This is the memoir of a girl labeled as "black," who sees the world in Technicolor and fights for self-definition in a microcosm that revolves around flesh tones."
NEXT of KIN BOOK
"Every expatriate holds a special dread of an unexpected middle-of-the-night phone call. It usually means that a dear loved one is gone and because of the distance from home, there's nothing the expat can do about it. At least, not right away. American Priscilla Lalisse- Jespersen learned that lesson the hard way. Lalisse-Jespersen, author of the novel Stockdale, is back, this time with the account of suddenly losing her father while she was thousands of miles away, living in Paris. Brimming with love and loss, Next of Kin takes the reader on an emotion -fraught journey, one that ends with acceptance, hope, and ultimately, celebration."
"I really enjoyed the format of this book, lots of great quotes and structure...this is about the author's own life and her experiences. When you feel a connection right from the beginning when she recieves that phone call."