I'm 27 and I have two boys 1 and 2 that are my world. I did 5 years in federal prison and since I came home I changed my life around for the better and starting chasing my dreams.
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first book. It didn't hit me until I held my first novel in my hand. I said to myself I'm really a writer!
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
I was locked up and very bored. My mind was working and after I read The Coldest Winter Ever I knew what I wanted to do with my time
4. What books have influenced your life most?
DopeFiend Blues, The Coldest Winter Ever, Bmore Careful, True To The Game, A Hustlers Wife.
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Sister Souljah really inspires me with her lectures and her movement. Jimmy Da Saint I respect his grind so much and he embraced me when he found out I was a writer. We from the same city and both came home on a mission.
6. What book are you reading now?
I'm actually reading my upcoming novel Charm City that I will be releasing at the end of the summer. It's based out of Baltimore.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I'm not writing Im trying to spend time with my kids.
8. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
My ideas all came from life experiences from me or people I was locked up with that shared their stories with me.
9. What new author has grasped your interest?
Author Quiana has really been a big help with my work. We talk, she gives me advice and helps me with anything I ask for as far as the book game goes. Her drive grasp my attention from the first day I saw her at her book signing.
10. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
If I couldn't be an Author I don't know what my career choice would be because this is truly my gift and my calling. When I write I just go in. No story line just a thought and a pen and it flows!
11. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Chapter 1 of Bleeding The Block because I went off of that chapter and created the rest of the story.
12. Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
I feel like this story and the rest of my stories are what the game have been missing. I feel like I'm bringing urban fiction back to when it really was popping! It's watered down now in my opinion and me and other Authors from my city are putting out quality material.
13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My upcoming book is on Kindle right now called Beyond Gangsta it will be in paperback within the next few weeks. This story is about a young guy who gets a basketball scholarship to go to school so he leaves his old hood and friends behind to better himself. He has a thesis paper due and he had this crazy idea to do it on an OG in his neighborhood name Frontz which is his best friends uncle. So e goes back to his area to get some knowledge about him that some people forgot or didn't want to share. Just to give him a better insight. His best friend comes home from a federal bid with the same get money mentality and tries to persuade him to get down with him. It's a really nice twist, different plot and I think the readers will enjoy it.
14. How do you market your book(s)?
My books are sold at Black and Nobel and Horizon Books. I also have a book stand in West Philly that i try to set up at least 3 times a week. I market them on Instagram, twitter and Facebook. I'm on these social sites everyday promoting heavy.
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Go hard or go home! Nobody giving deals like back in the day and if you want to get things done do it yourself and work hard. No days off!