“Real readers that actually enjoy good books”
Tell the readers where you are from? Philly PA on a section called Sommerville which is in the north part of philly.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite ? I have written a lot of books. Some I took down to revamp. If I had to guess. Counting the ones I had up but pulled down. I would say I have written close or little over 30 books, not including the anthologies I have taken part in.
What made you wanted to make you a book author? My ex wife was looking in my rhyme book. When was the last time you heard somebody using a book of rhymes. But she went thru it and loved how I told stories with my songs. She encouraged to try books as well. She said, “Never rely on one thing.”
Does writing energize or exhaust you? A little of both.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I have to be original. I can’t do the monkey see, monkey do bullshit that runs rampant in this industry. But thats just on the internet side. The internet side is very bias. The streets are where the real readers are it.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? No real change at all. The same process. Look to tell a story that is original and well thought out.
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader? I have no demands for the readers. Just give them a good story. We control this game, not the fans, readers whatever we call them. Just give them good product.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Unfinished, one. I’m actually finishing that up as we speak. And I have another one that is coming back out that pulled down to revamp coming back out.
How do you select the names of your characters? It could be a name on TV that I’m watching. Maybe a friend or family member name I will use. Sometimes just a toss of the coin.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? On average about three months. Sometimes longer. It’s not about how fast you can write it. Its about how good you can write it. Most authors, especially on the internet. They’re putting out so many books a year, and let’s be real, half that shit be terrible. I take my time. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry? Awww man. Where do I even begin? You have situations where authors will not like another author and have readers intentionally leave bad reviews on another authors books. Get fans to stop fucking with certain authors. And don’t even get me started on some of the so called legends. Some of them be the main ones doing that fuck shit. That’s why I don’t fuck with a lot of these niggas in the industry.
What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing? Good character development. Excellent dialouge. Make the story flow. Don’t add shock to a book just for shock value when it doesn’t align with the story. Make the story make sense. Write it so good that when the reader is done, they can’t stop thinking about what they just read.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why? Different stories, different things come first. Sometimes the plot comes first. Sometimes the characters. But mostly the plot. You have to know what you want to address and where you want it to go. Some mostly it is the plot.
What characters in your book are most similar to you or to people you know? V_-Rock from my book Streets need a body coming soon. Eddie Jr, from Bitch I own you. Darius from an upcoming novel entitled My Summer Fling with my Philly Queen.
How do you process and deal with negative book reviews? You don’t. It comes with the game. You have to know how to take the good with the bad when it comes to reviews. Every artist needs to understand, everybody will not like your work. Once they understand that, they will be fine.
What’s the next project are you working on ? Streets Need A Body is coming soon. Also My summer fling with my Philly Queen.
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