“Bringing my stories and vision to life.”
Known for writing stories with three-dimensional characters that are easily relatable, JB Burrage doesn’t limit himself to a single genre. Instead, he writes as he is impressed; whenever motivated. No holds barred regarding genre; rather, he prefers to express himself through several types of written art, including stage plays and short stories. For this reason, he prefers to be looked upon as a creative writer rather than simply an author or playwright.
Born Jacob Burrage in Jackson, Mississippi, he grew up in Meridian, Mississippi. He started writing at an early age as a way of expressing his thoughts, as he was known for not being very talkative. During that time, he wrote short scripts that were performed in his elementary and middle school classes. After graduating in 1999, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served until 2010.
After he left the military, he relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he remained until the second half of 2014. During this time, he began his pursuit of business studies and started working towards a degree at New Mexico State University—Dona Ana Community College in early 2012. Later in 2012, he began a brief stint as a real estate agent. In May of 2014, he received an Associate Degree in Business Management.
Seeking to look for other ways to experiment and expand his work, JB Burrage began taking classes with People TV, Atlanta’s cable access channel, in 2015 and became a certified producer. By becoming a certified producer, he’s now in a position to produce content for the network, which he intends to use to further expand his outreach and make his work more marketable.
In April 2017, he decided to take things a step further by announcing to the world his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and created a blog that he originally called The Black Box Room. Originally conceived to showcase Atlanta entertainment professionals, especially in the theater world (hence the use of the term “black box“; an experimental style of theater), he decided to use it to expose things and situations about him that many people never knew; in an attempt to battle the stigma of mental illness and encourage people to address the issue head-on. In addition to this, he’s using the blog to showcase his short stories that he will continue to write, as well as general topics that he sometimes wants to discuss. In January 2018, the blog’s name was changed to The Diary of a Mad Writer. He plans on bringing The Black Box Room back for the purpose it was originally intended.
Ambitious and dedicated, JB Burrage continues to work behind-the-scenes to develop trailblazing projects. He’s working to expand his footprints in the literary and entertainment world and thus taking his career to new heights. Never satisfied with his present accomplishments, he continues to develop new concepts and ideas for print and production, as well as looking into creative and experimental means to convey these various ideas to the world.
When he’s not working, he splits his time between Atlanta and Meridian to spend time with family and friends. Some of his hobbies include sitting outdoors at night to watch the stars, listening to music, and playing chess and checkers.