Interview

The face behind the Pen.

Hi my name is Soulja Choc.

Q1. What made you start writing?

I got crossed by two people I loved and wanted to write a book about betrayal.

Q2. How long have you been writing?

I wrote a couple months in 2011 and stopped, then I started back in 2014 and didn’t start taking it serious into 2016.

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

Being patient until you gain readers, someone it takes years.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

Just because you write a good book don’t mean it’s gone be a best seller or even sale.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

You get to share your thoughts or story with the world.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

Yes, the covers play a big part.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

The cover go with the story, it’s exactly a match. Tina Shivers did the cover and she did it exactly the way I asked.

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

About a young hustla who made it big in the dope game as a youngster, his life changes when he get betrayed by his mentor. Revenge is a must.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Soulja, because he remind me a lot of myself.

Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?

I want everybody to take my books so I write more than just street lit, they should read my books because I write about the type of lifestyle I lived or than seen, if you front any hood or urban community, you gone relate to my book.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Denzel Washington.

Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?

I’m currently working on 3 books, Soulja Choc Presents Anthology, Goon Bitch and a book about the first half of my life. I currently have The Birth Of Gutta Squad, part 2 to that is Gutta Squad Lifestyle. Street Soulja 1,2&3. Ken, Finding The Missing Link 1&2, My Hearts On Lock 1,2&3, Goon Bitch, Power’s Of Love, When Hustlas And Hitman Collide and they spin-off to it Yall Left Me 4 Dead.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

A13. Don’t let the lack of support, people telling you ur skills not good enough stop, if writing is what you want to do, Chase ur dream.

 

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Interview

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

The face behind the pen.

My name is Tosha Dodd-Dunnaville. I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. Some know me as Sasha Rain. I was born to a white woman and a black man. I have the same biological parents as my sister, Timeka who came into this world six years after me. I’m a Mother and Grandmother who enjoys making jewelry, reading a good book, and writing. I used to work in healthcare assisting with providing patient care but I guess it’s not work when you love it. My journey with Multiple Sclerosis has led me to commit to writing as a career.

Q1. What made you start writing?
I started out writing to help people I grew up with pass time by reading my stories. I have always used writing to escape reality and even to embrace it at times. I guess it’s fair to say that life made me start writing.
Q2. How long have you been writing?
Since childhood but I never imagined being published until a couple of years ago.
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
The hardest part for me is that I know I can’t please everyone. No one can.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
I’ve learned a lot. I think the most important lesson being an Author has taught me is that the only person who can keep me from a successful writing career is myself.
Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
The best part of being an Author is meeting people from all walks of life. You get so many moments in time as an Author when nothing but reading and writing matter. It’s an amazing feeling.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
It can, not always, but yes, sometimes.
Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
My publisher, Soulja Choc takes care of that. I tell him my thoughts and he puts my thoughts into a visual for the world to see. I decided to leave it up to him because he would never release a cover that I don’t approve of.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
Life is not always what you make it. Sometimes, just being around the ones you love can cost you more than your life. In this story, there is a young woman whose sweet sixteen turned out not to be sweet at all but as promised the day turned into one she will never forget marking the death anniversary of her friend. She went from an innocent teen to an innocent inmate in less than one hour after school on her sixteenth birthday. She lost both of her best friends, her freedom, her mother, right to vote, right to a fair life, and the love she had from extended family. This story is about life, love, freedom, family, forgiveness, betrayal, sexuality, lies, and the truth.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Addison. I favor Addison because I can see her, feel what she feels, see what she sees, and relate to her love for her child. Addison is a fictional character but she is very real to me.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
Oddly enough, everyone. I don’t have a target market with this book because we all know how good sin feels no matter what category it falls in. Sin applies to everyone. People should read my book because no matter their race, religion, sexuality, or walk in life there’s something inside Addy’s world that everyone can relate to. My endeavors are unique because I don’t want my reader to just read about my characters but to actually inhale and exhale life with each of them.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Meagan Good.
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
I am working on several other projects including collaborations but the one I’m most excited about is a book that tells you about the life of being a police officer’s son through the eyes of Sincere Washington. Sincere isn’t your average young black male in America growing up in the hood. Everything you will think as you read about Sincere will surprise you later.
In the past, I had two collaborations, and a novel published.
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
Don’t sign with the first person holding a contract. Do your homework even if you’ve known them your entire lives, research to find out which publisher will fit your needs as an Author. Whatever you do, ignore negativity, and never quit.

Interview

The face behindthe Pen

My name is Desiara Moore, but my pen name is Mercedes. My former pen name was Ladi Ray. But I decided that it was time for a change, which is why I changed my pen name. With a better pen name, comes better work.

Q1. What made you start writing?

I’ve always been a writer, just never a published writer. I began writing to express feelings that I was either too shy or too embarrassed to tell others. Those feelings eventually turned into characters; and the characters turned into stories.

Q2. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. But I’ve only been published for a little over a year.

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest part about being an author is definitely criticism. In the beginning, I would take the smallest thing and turn it into something big. But now, I use the negative critisims to make my work better.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

I’ve learned that in the writing industry you have to always have tough skin and never take any criticism personally. I’ve learned to take every negative and turn it into a positive.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

The best part of being an author to me, is getting 5-star reviews or just inboxes from readers who’ve read and enjoyed my books.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

I think the cover plays a major role in the buying process because if a writer really loves their work, they’ll put just as much time and effort into the cover as they did in writing the book. As a fellow reader, if the cover doesn’t pull me in, sometimes, I won’t bother to read synopsis.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

My publisher is in charge of covers. I’ll tell her my ideas and she turns my ideas into pictures. I love subtle pictures but lettering and colors that pop.

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

My book is about exactly what the title says; The Realest Love Ever. There are so many people that say they’re in love and meant to be together forever. But as soon as the storm comes, and their faith is tested, they abandon ship and forget that true love is going through a storm together and coming out together. Coming out of the storm stronger than when you went in.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

My favorite character is Semone. I created Semone in my own image. I love that she never let her past control her futures. She never let the fear of the wrongs that people did to her change the way that she treated others. She is truly what I would consider a strong person.

Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?

I don’t have an intended or preferred audience. My only intended audience is anyone who is looking for a great book to read. A book that sheds light on multiple real-life situations.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I would like to see Sharan Leal play the part of Semone. I feel like she has the ability to make Semone’s character pop and seem more real than she already is. I would love to see Christian Keyes to play Law. His demeanor and presence in most movies would only make Law’s role more relatable.

Q12 Are there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?

I’m working on multiple projects. Some who have names and some that I just play with in my spare time. But stay on the lookout, because Mercedes will definitely be known.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

Have tough skin, never rush your work because the readers will be able to tell. Put your heart into your work. Make your characters and feelings realistic so your readers can relate. Whatever trials or tribulations that you’re going through in you life, put it in your writing. Your situation could also shed light to other’s

Interview

Meet the Author

 

I’m DD Hairston and I have the privilege to do something that I love doing. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I started writing poems and short stories to escape reality as a hobby. I had to put the writing to the side and enter the real world, but reading has always been a release. Circumstances have given me a new outlook on life and writing became my outlet again. Having the ability to control what happens in a book, giving them joy, grief or tribulations and watching them overcome the challenge or fail is extremely exhilarating. Each book brings a new adventure and meeting new characters to introduce to readers.

The Face behind the Pen. 

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Q1. What made you start writing?

It is something I really enjoyed doing. Changes in my life took me back to my first love, just for enjoyment. Now it has become a career choice for me.

Q2. How long have you been writing?

Since I was around fourteen-fifteen

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

Obtaining a following. When readers do not know who you are, you have to really push your work.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

Patience

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

Being able to put your heart into a Book and get feedback that people like what you create.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

Yes it does

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I did not design my cover. I gave instructions to have two men and a woman in the middle with Downtown Los Angeles skyline. My Book is based in Los Angeles. Love, who is the main character, is torn between her love for her brother and her loyalties to her husband.

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

Love Child tells a story on how deception and lies can destroy a family, especially when they all thought Love was the only secrete they had. She had it all; a successful husband, a beautiful son, the perfect job, her dream career and great friends. Marrying William destroyed Love’s relationship with her brother Liam. He felt it was the ultimate betrayal, considering they were best friends. With the death of their Father, Love life comes to an abrupt halt. His love was the only one she truly needed. Liam is determined to uncover the skeletons they inherited, Love is trying to suppress them and William is trying to make them both live in the presence. Liam learns the hard way that William was right. Love struggles to keep her family together, save her relationship with Liam, survive a friends deceit and hold on to her sanity. You don’t always get happy endings.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I would have to say that William is my favorite character. He is so intriguing. His possessive and arrogant nature makes you want to dislike him, yet he has this unconditional, unwavering love for his wife you have to adore. Then he flashes back to the “I may have come from the inner city, but I wear $5000 Italian Suits and overlook the whole city from my balcony not,” so you dislike his again.

Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?

I write for anyone who likes Adult Urban Fiction. You get to enjoy the urban lifestyle, yet there are twist and turns that you do not see coming. I like to disrupt a perfectly happy lifestyle and see how they overcome obstacles. Sometimes they make it through, others they fail miserably.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

As Love – Kat Graham or Zoe Kravitz   William – Mel Jackson (if he was taller)   Liam – Michael Ealy

Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?

Love Child Two will be released in April and I have a Short Story Love to Hate You, in Natavia Presents Short Stories.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

It takes more than a good idea. You have to not only have a passion for writing, but you must love to read as well. Reading what other Authors write gives you an understanding of what is current and relatable. You also cannot release a Book and do nothing else. It truly is a full time job.

 

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Meet the Author…

My name is Tamara Ellis I’m 31 years old. I’m from Jacksonville, NC. I’m the author of Betrayal In Its Rarest Form. I’m signed to Soulja Choc Presents.

Q1. W

The Face behind the pen.

hat made you start writing?

I have always loved to read and with the encouragement from my best friend I decided to give writing a try.
Q2. How long have you been writing? I published my first book in June of 2017 and it took me 8 years to complete it.
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest thing about being an author is finding the time I have a full-time job a daughter and a fiancée so every extra minute I have I try to spend writing.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

I have learned many lessons, but the fact that you can’t please everyone has to be the one that has taught me the most I’ve also learned that you can’t compare your success to other authors.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

Telling my story and hearing someone loved it or could relate to it.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

I believe it definitely does, because the cover is what catches the reader’s eye.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?

My publisher has many designers that he chooses from.

Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? I thought the artwork went well with the story.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

My book is a about a husband and a wife her name is Kimani and his name is Torrin they have ups and downs in their marriage but they are able to get through them until Torrin does the unforgiveable.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Kimani is my favorite character because she is the type of woman I aim to be despite everything she goes through she bounces back and lands on her feet.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique? My intended audience is men and women ranging from the ages of 24 to 35. I think my intended audience should read my book because the things that happen are things that they can relate to.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Toya Wright should play Kimani and or Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop.
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working on and what were your past works?

I am currently working on the second book in the Betrayal In Its Rarest Form series and an anthology with my pen sisters and brothers. My other book is my debut novel Love Gone Broke.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

I would just say study your craft and all aspects of the business as well, if you sign with a publisher do your part to make your career all it can be. Don’t sit back and expect the publisher to do all the work, because we only get out what we put in, tell your story and have fun, but also be prepared to work.

 

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Maya Initiate 39…The Long Walk To Destiny

Maya: Initiate 39 is an adult work-piece that explores the ordeals of Maya Isaacs. An over-protected single child, a victim of a broken home, Maya was raised singlehandedly by a man whom she knew as her father, Samuel. He had divorced his wife, Cynthia, years ago on grounds of infidelity before Maya turned three years old. Growing up in Durban was a heady mixture of good, bad and ugly for Maya.

Through the influence of wrong peers, Maya went into the underworld endeavors of stealing, drug trafficking and prostitution, under the cover of a very perverse juvenile assembly, called the Alternative Lifestyle Club (The ALC). She joined the club in the pursuit of what she called her “destiny” and became popular among many top-notch Southern Africans.

After several disappointments, Maya thought she could use her connections to bite the fingers that fed her, by carrying out the assignments given her own way – a way of letting the organization know that she was no push-over. But that was not the case! Consequently, Craig and Ms. Diana, the active players of the club, led this juvenile to her doom. They set her up and the police did the rest. The long arm of the law landed her in prison in Johannesburg. It was while she was in the prison that she realized that changing for the better would be the only way to save herself.

Through a favor from Van Brussels, a rich gold merchant, school owner and chairperson of the Louisville Shipping Company, against whom she had committed a crime in the past, Maya was released from prison before the stipulated sentence was up. She was sent to the United States for secretarial studies, worked for Van Brussels’ company for a couple of years, and then returned to her native Durban home in South Africa with her husband, Daniel Young, to find her father, whom she had left years before.

 

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