The face behind the Pen
Greetings: My name is Justis Hype, a newly self published writer with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. Im from New York City (Brooklyn) and currently trying to enter law school.
Q1. What made you start writing?
Ive been writing since I was 7 as hobby. Poetry, Raps, and short stories. I got the idea to actually write a book around 2009 after convincing myself I had enough creativity and ability to write well enough to capture an audience. I also felt that I have lived a quite colorful life full of unique experiences I could share with a wide audience.
Q2. How long have you been writing?
Roughly 30+ years. Just published for a month though
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
For me it was finalizing a project. Getting a complete work together and ready for public presentation
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
Like anything of value and quality it will take time. Find your niche or creative zone. Everyone is different so dont try to live up or follow the standards of others.
Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
Sharing your work with the public.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
I think so. The old saying is very true. People judge the book by the cover. We live in a very visual world where people are easily persuaded by wwhat they see and how it effects them
Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
Young up and coming very talent artist by the name of Klay the Cartoonist out of Toronto …You can find him at http://www.upgradation.com
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
It a love story that has several underlying themes. Basically the two main charachters meet by chance after trying to find themselves in the midst of individual turmoil in their lives. Kita, the female lead character is victim of an abusive relationship and Javon the lead male character is trying to change his life from criminal to law abiding citizen. Their lives intersect as they both feel they’ve began to overcome obstacles only to reach a proverbial roadblock.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Javon Riles. I put some of myself into this character and I think he is the most developed and mentally sound in the book.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
Women ages 18-45 I think there is alot of detail and subject matter a woman can relate to. Since Im a man I think there are some incites placed within that woman may find interesting and even a bit helpful in understanding men and the interpersonal relations between genders. Men can and will find it entertaining as well. I dont think its overly emotional and the action-suspense can easily grab the male audience as well.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Good question. Since the lead female character is Caribbean in decent. I would say Rihanna (Lol) as for the male character Omar Epps or 50 Cent
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
Yes. I have a two non fiction books coming. One on the results of the 80s 90s War of Drugs and its effect on the young society we have today. The other is a historical chronolgy of Dancehall music. I also have a music compilation that will be released next month to accompany the book A Broken Arrow
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
Just start. Try writing in increments. Even if you jot a few words down on a napkin. Save it and come back. Dont let anyone or anything deter you. Be patient with yourself. Writers block is real and sometimes it takes time to find the proper words and presentation you need to complete your project