Written by Sheri Harrigan
I was introduced to NeNe Capri through her book series The Pussy Trap. It was such a great series. Her writing style is unique and helps to make her stand out in a crowd. I became friends with NeNe and made a great connection with her. Not only do we share a passion for writing but a deep passion for law. It was such a pleasure to discover someone I look up to as an author can identify with my journey to be a law student. NeNe Capri is such a wonderful person. Anytime I have a question or need to talk she is there. And now I have the honor and pleasure to present Ms. NeNe Capri.
NeNe Capri is an Urban Fiction author or as it has been termed Street-Literature. She came on the scene in 2011 breaking boundaries with her first title The Pussy Trap. NeNe signed with Wahida Clark Presents Publishing and then began to build her personal brand which she has been coined #Trappin. NeNe Capri spent the first 18 years of her life without her father who was serving a life sentence for murder, raised on the ill streets of North Jersey by a mother and grandmother in Wilson Place and Mechanic St. projects. Being heavily influenced by her surroundings she went head first into the streets. Once her grandmother passed in 1992 the only crutch she would have to get through it was alcohol. Being a 16 year old high school dropout with very little work experience she picked up on the neighborhood trades which only pushed her further into the streets and spun her totally out of control. It would be many brushes with death that would present a fork in the road and provide an opportunity for change.
At 18, she met Wahida Clark who quickly placed her under her wing relocated her to Georgia and put her on the road to success. In 1999 Wahida a second mother to her was given 10 years in the federal penitentiary throwing NeNe totally off course and into a small bout of depression. However, Wahida would not accept failure from her on no level, she continued to mentor and encourage her from her prison cell. Through Wahida’s tutelage and the support of NeNe’s mom Birdie she went back to school got her G.E.D and then an A.A.S in legal studies then on to attend Temple University to continue her education.
Currently NeNe Capri holds a BA in Philosophy/ Pre-Law and is on her way to law school in pursuit of a law degree, also active in The Literary Arts Society, Parents of Murdered Children and Psi Alpha Delta. NeNe is The Assistant Director of Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services Inc. Trenton Chapter, teaching and mentoring female and male inmates preparing them for what awaits them on the other side of the wall. Also works with, deters and redirects our youth to become productive members of society.
The driving force is to all her accomplishment is her daughter who is the motivation for every step she takes. NeNe is the author of “The Pussy Trap”, “The Pussy Trap 2: The Kiss of Death”, “The Pussy Trap 3: Death by Temptation”, “Trust No Bitch” and “Trust No Bitch 2: Deadly Silence” a collaboration with Ca$h, also a short story entitled “Shattered” in the anthology “Love is Blind” presented by Boo Jackson in which 100% of the proceeds are donated to a battered woman’s shelter to help with the fight against Domestic Violence. She has recently signed with G Street Chronicles, in which she released her latest novel, Tainted: Lies. Fear and Death. Also the CEO of Boss Lady Publishing. NeNe Capri has also put on her Agent hat signing her first celebrity client porn star “Roxy Reynolds” to G Street Chronicles with her new novel Secrets of Porn Star. With success in full view NeNe looks forward to the next level of her career and her life. She lives by the motto, “Good things come to those who wait, but only what’s left by those who hustle.”
Sheri: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
NeNe: I am NeNe Capri #1 best-selling author of such works as The Pussy Trap series 1, 2 and 3 under Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. Also the Trust No Bitch series 1, 2 and 3 co-authored with Cash. I have recently signed with “G Street Chronicles” and released Tainted with part 2 lingering close behind. Along with writing and building my person brand I am the CEO of Boss Lady Publishing and Founder and Head of Productions for Writing Royalty Radio and CEO of Writing Royalty Entertainment. Out of all the titles I carry such as Author, Publisher, Paralegal and Mentor, the one I hold the highest regard for is mother. All that I do is powered by the love of my Princess and I cannot let her down. I am so honored to have the love and support of my readers and I pray I can always leave my heart on the pages for them.
Sheri: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
NeNe: I have always wrote, it is therapy for me. I got serious around age 10 when my step-father gave me a small yellow journal with a lock and key and then handed me a bird feather that he made into a pen. I felt as if he had gave me the power of words. It was there in the pages of my journal that I came to life. It was my greatest escape and my best friend. It was not until 2010 that I would began my journey into the literary world of urban fiction with Wahida Clark Present Publishing.
Sheri: How did you choose the genre you write in?
NeNe: I had a story to tell, before I started on my path into academia I was on a path of destruction. I had lost my grandmother at age 16 and the only thing I could do to numb myself to the pain, was drink and smoke. With reckless practices came reckless behavior and with several brushes with death. At age 18, I ran into Wahida who snatched me up and put me on a different path. However, those days made me who I am today and to be able to write about them with a touch of fiction frees me. I am truly blessed to have the title of author.
Sheri: Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
NeNe: I am mostly blocked when I write more than one story at a time. Each character demands a certain amount of attention and when they don’t get it they all protest and show up at once trying to tell their story lol. I usually put on my headphones and pump my music and force my attention in one direction and fantasize until I have the perfect scene then I write.
Sheri: Can you tell us about your challenges (if any) in getting your first book published?
NeNe: The main challenge was writing while in undergrad and making time to do all the many edits and make my deadlines with the pressure of studying and test.
Sheri: If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
NeNe: I always go back and read my first works and I see things that I could have done better I also see my growth from one story to the next. If I had to do it again I would do it the same way only with one minor fix, do more studying of the craft to execute the proper process in order to get the better results. Publishing with Wahida Clark was a no brainer, she has taught me a lot and given me a great platform to now stand on my own and continue to create works of art.
Sheri: Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
NeNe: I am finishing up The Pussy Trap 4, also working on Tainted 2 and two other projects. I am the agent of the porn star “Roxy Reynolds” and her book Secrets of a Porn Star comes out May 20th. There are big things coming your way from Boss Lady Publishing I have some Beast waiting to be released this summer. Also I have several projects I am working on with Writing Royalty Entertainment with the first being Author Wives season 1, we brought reality television to the radio which airs Sunday’s at 7 pm eastern. This is one of many tricks I plan to pull out of my Fedora. Please join me on this journey .
Sheri: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
NeNe: Yes. Please do your homework. Learn the craft and take your time don’t rush the process. Release your heart into the pages and let the story have all the attention it needs, have a reader you can trust that will give you honest feedback so you can grow in your art and then get proper editing. Covers are like brand new clothes choice it wisely. The cover and title along with synopsis begins the journey for the reader, provide a magnetic attraction to your work where readers cannot walk away without having. Thank you for sharing this time with me remember, “Good things come to those who wait but only what’s left from those who hustle.” – NeNe Capri
Sheri Henry-Harrigan started writing at the age of twelve as an outlet for depression. In March 2012 her first project Tales of the Broken Hearted was published. Since then she has penned several titles. She started writing strictly urban fiction. Her most recent work, The Imperfect Love Series is more geared toward the romance genre. As she continues on with her writing career, she plans to move into the crime fiction and thriller genres. Besides writing she is pursing her other passion of becoming a lawyer. Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.