When Characters Speak

Writing Tip: Every time a different character takes the stage by speaking, moving, etc. begin a NEW paragraph.

[EX:] “I just want you to know, you make me sick, bitch.” Tanya, stared at Nichole, with a challenge in her eye.shouting

[NP] Nichole smirked and waved her little sister off, “oh, I see you on some bullshit.” It was her son’s first birthday party. The women had ducked into the back yard. The always turnt-up Tanya claiming she needed to talk.

[NP] “Bullshit?” Tanya’s jaw was tight. She edged closer. Her voice a whisper. “Bitch, you call fuckin’ my man some bullshit?”

[NP] “Huh?” she was caught off guard. “What? Girl, you better…”

[NP] Pow!

[NP] The sudden back-hand caught Nichole off guard. “What the…?”

[NP] “Stay away from my man, bitch.” Tanya pointed. “I ain’t gon’ tell yo bitch-ass again.” She hoped no one had seen what she’d done, but, then again, she really couldn’t give a fuck. “Ole ratchet-ass bitch. I cain’t stand yo ass.”

[NP] As Tanya turned, Nichole watched, rubbed her cheek and smiled.

 

GODFATHER” Hunter is an incarcerated author from Los Angeles, Ca. He has  written several books covering a variety of genres, to include self-help/how-to/advisory, autobiography, poetry, urban romance, erotica and street lit. Godfather has even taught urban lit during his many years of incarceration. He makes an added effort to lace his writings with history, social-political consciousness and other such pearls of wisdom while penning  in a style which many have compared to the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Michhael Connelly.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

 

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.” PicsArt_1388372215908

 

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 Tainted g street

 

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.

Setting Relationship Standards

“Nowadays, I like to keep it classy.  But, even if I was like I was back a couple of years ago, I definitely wouldn’t fight over an ugly, brain-dead, high school dropout. You wouldn’t even catch me with a guy like that. I have places to go with my life and being with someone who doesn’t share my ambition will only hold me back.”

-Aaliyah Anderson, from the forthcoming young adult novel “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson”

As a teenager, one thing I see on a regular is people conforming to the negative influences that surround them. It’s so disheartening. Look at me, a soon to be published author at the age of seventeen! I saw how the odds are stacked against me as a young black male and I decided to go against the grain and chase prosperity by any means necessary.  Is it that hard for young people my age to do the same?

Surprisingly, it is.

deal-breakers-or-unrealistic-expectationsLiving in an urbanized city where hope is foreign unless you rap or play in a national sports league, I can sympathize with the fellow members of my millennial generation. Not only can I understand their struggle (as mine is virtually the same), I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help my people reach the promise land. I’ve started passing knowledge along to my peers in school and they’re happily receiving it. However, they still fall victim to the monstrous pitfalls that even many adults fall trap to. So allow me, with my new position as an UI writer, to give my readers a daily nudge in the right direction to achieving success.

One of my favorite books has to be The 48 Laws of Power. It’s one of the many works of literature that I believe every person who wants to achieve major triumphs in their lives should have in their library. Law ten of the book is one that should be dually noted as we bring up the topic of setting clear, concrete relationship standards. It states:

INFECTION: AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND UNLUCKY

You can die from someone else’s misery-emotional states are as infectious as diseases. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.”

For years, I argued with my people that I considered my friends that hanging around and dating the wrong people would be counterproductive for more reasons than one. While they laughed and mocked me, I made a concerted effort to be the type of positive brother that a young woman’s parents would be enthusiastic to meet. I also schemed on ways to carry myself with an intelligent swagger and still get major respect from the young people I see every day.

It’s safe to say that my attempts worked.

I’ve never been one of those immature guys that equated sexuality to manhood. Because of this, I’ve stood out amongst my peers. While I once shunned it and tried to fit in with the infectious, unlucky brothers that are the epitome of what The 48 Laws of Power said to avoid, I started to embrace it. As I started to accept that I was a BMB (Business Minded Brother), I separated from people counterproductive to my goals. With them off my back opportunities and prosperity seemingly found me!

Unlock the King or Queen that’s inherently inside of you. Do so by integrating these principals into your life:

  • Reevaluate your circle. If your friends or acquaintances aren’t furthering your cause, consider cutting them off.
  • Associate with a large amount of BMBF (Business Minded Black Folks). If they avoid you, maybe you need to take some time out to evaluate yourself! I mean, you attract what you are…….
  • Know who you’re dealing with. If the person you’re in a relationship with (intimate, casual or strictly sexual) isn’t on the up and up don’t suffer in silence. You don’t deserve to be around a negative person like that!
  • Never conform your relationship standards at any time. When I say never I mean never!

Do you have any questions, comments or concerns? Was I right or wrong on this issue? Do you want to join the focus group for my novel The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson? I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at:

Email: thediaryofaaliyahanderson@gmail.com

Kik: @AuthorRandallB

Ask.Fm: @YoungandGiftedBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randall.barnes.501

Check out a preview of my novel The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson on Wattpad! It’s dropping soon!

http://www.wattpad.com/story/6314747-the-diary-of-aaliyah-anderson

Real vs Fake: The Quest To Find True Supporters

The difference between a real supporter and a fake supporter is sort of like a thin line between love and hate.

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You see, a real supporter has that ride or die relationship between reader and author. The reader is comfortable with your work and anticipates the very best from you. Every dollar they’ve spent with you throughout your career was because they have felt satisfied with your projects. If you’re a real writer, the real supporter looks forward to your growth as well. The reader knows your worth, understanding that it takes money to produce the books they love to read. They don’t mind spending somewhere in between $15.00 to $12.00 for a good old school paperback book. These new school eBooks have changed the game totally. We’ll get to that in a minute.

A fake supporter is the one that reads your book, but won’t buy your book. They will borrow your book and in some cases even steal your work. Don’t get it twisted. It’s not like they don’t read, enjoy, and maybe even have your books. However, they don’t give a damn about your life nor you having to eat and provide for your family. They suck the life out you. They’re enjoying your hard work, sucking it up for free; like a deadbeat in a relationship reaping the benefits. They may give your books praise to others, so sometimes it’s not all for nothing. All customers aren’t true supporters, but they beat a fake supporter any day of the week.

So, with the eBook, this new phenomenon allows authors a chance to get their titles tucked away in Kindle and other electronic reading devices. Publishers cut cost on shipping, handling, paper, and space in a readers’ home. Now let’s not jump for joy just yet. An eBook can end up in an eReader or app, collecting dust like the books that never made it on or off the shelf that a dime wasn’t spent on, nor read by anyone. The words, your time and the investment went into foreclosure like a home with no one to help foot the bills that come every month. You do this for FREE a lot of times during promotions and the probability of landing in a fake supporter’s kindle is high. But, let’s hope it’s 50/50 per download. The fake supporter just downloads your work because it’s free. Many times they forget about it. Then, eventually delete it down the road for other free downloads. Just when you thought you had a shot at a true supporter, you bombed out.

Now don’t get it twisted, true supporters will download your book for free, read it when they get to it, and leave a review to help in any way they can because they are still ride or die. Yet, who doesn’t like free stuff every now and then?

So, I think I gave a clear understanding of the difference between the two types of supporters in laymen terms. Now, let’s run numbers: 100 real VS 1000 fake supporters. Women lie and men lie. Nevertheless, the numbers don’t lie. One hundred real supporters, that you’ve proven yourself to, will buy your book at list price. For the sake of argument, let’s say: the time it takes for the author to create, plus pay for covers, editors, proofreaders, etc to get it to the reader is worth $5. Yeah, it costs way more to go see Lil Boosie, but this isn’t rap; it’s literature. Its value and worth are to be determined by author to avid reader relationship. So at $5 your worth to your true supporters is $500. That’s a pat on the back, good job and I hope you at least recouped your money back you spent in the production of your work.

Now, this is where even a fake supporter can come in handy at. They will sit around and wait until you reduce your title to $.99 to buy it. It’s no secret as to how much money one $.99 sale from Amazon yields. But if it is, it’s a whopping $.34 (The crowd goes wild).

Still, don’t sleep on those 1000 fakes that will spend money on you and make you an extra $340 on top of the $500 you got from your real supporters, making you $840 overall. Yeah, these numbers are low. But, it’s a hustle, grind, and a big social media to increase your true supporter to fake supporter ratio.

Every reader is worth more than the money they spend. Their word of mouth is what helps you move more units. So, as an author, continue to do your job to ensure you get readers to tell their friends about you. True supporters share links, leave reviews, and do anything they can to help their favorite authors grow. Fake supporters, not so much because they keep their thoughts about your books to themselves; that doesn’t say they don’t have or read and enjoyed your books….

So as a reader, which reader are you? Are you a real supporter or fake supporter? Me personally, I appreciate you both.

Leave your comments below.

Mike O was born and raised on the streets of Winston-Salem, NC. His whole young life was spent making the wrong choices and following a path that is all too familiar that he resurrects in his debut novel “1000 Grams” in hopes of his testimony to reach a young soul lost to help them find their way back. This gritty street tale will you take you through the good, the bad, and the ugly of Mike O’s past. Since his first release, he went on to pen a short story trilogy entitled “Fakebook Chronicles” Vol.1, 2, and 3. Recently signing on with DC Bookdiva Publications, he plans to keep the heat coming, so be on the lookout for more titles by this new author!

Check out his books

Smokin Mirrors

The Tweet Files

Fakebook Chronicles

 

Walk the Walk

By: Godfather Wesley Hunter

 

Many talk that talk, but, don’t walk the walk they claim. We can sit and SAY we “support each other” or that we “encourage positiveness, growth and change” but, truth is, many of us are merely impressed with hearing our own words, while actually taking no action to offer such support.

Meet Nathan Welch, an author from Washington DC who’s currently incarcerated in a West Virginia prison. Nathan is the exceptionally talented writer  behind the wall. His novels include,   A KILLER’Z AMBITION 1 and 2, the ebook short WRONG MOVE,  CONVICT’S CLIQUE and his latest salacious masterpiece DRUNK IN LOVE.  Nathan has major skills. But, in the modern social media based gang-like mentality of ‘I only support this squad or that crew’ a guy like Nathan has no voice. And, so,  many have overlooked him.

 

 I look at Nathan and I say: here is a man who’s been in prison since 1996. Who spends his time, amidst the chaos, sitting to give himself hope and chance. Who, instead of throwing himself into the dark madness of prison politics or getting trapped within the many negative sub-cultures which exist within the prison, continues to fight to do positive, in hopes that people might finally one day notice as he reaches with his HAND OUT FOR A HAND UP, all the while drowning within his conditions.
Go ahead, meet my brother Nathan Welch, buy his book and leave a review. Help him out. That’s all he asks of you. Let’s SHOW that we care and that doing right DOES make a difference. How about it? Where you at? You walking or talking? Come on, say it: “I got him”. Now walk it out.
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Godfather: How long have you been in prison and how much longer do you have?
Nathan: I’ve been in prison for 18 years and i still have a little ways to go before I get my freedom…
Godfather: How long have you been writing?
Nathan:  I’ve been writing since 2003.
Godfather: What made you first start writing?
Nathan: When I got locked down in the hole and read True to The Game by Teri Woods and B-More Careful By Shannon Holmes… After reading them joints, I was like I put it down like them, so I took off with the pen and haven’t stop writing since.
Godfather: How many books have you written?
Nathan: I have written close to 25 books, but I gave a few of them away to guys going home, trying to get them to hustle legit, but nothing ever came from my contributions to their going home aspirations… as of now I think I have about 13 books in the cut just waiting to be published.
Godfather: When was your first book published?
Nathan: My first book, A Killer’z Ambition was published in 2011, the greatest day of my life in prison… I felt like I really accomplished something.
Godfather: Did you find it hard to get your foot in the door, while being in prison?
Nathan: Yes getting in the door was very hard, especially being incarcerated… reason being, most publishers don’t want to take ca chance on guys that can be out there in the physical to promote their books… but every time I got rejected, i just used it as motivation to keep on pushing… my mindset was like someone is eventually going to discover this diamond in the rough, and it was The DC Bookdiva who pulled me up and gave me an avenue to do what I love doing and I’m forever grateful to her for that.
Godfather:   Do you have any outside support?
Nathan: The only outside support I have is my sister and my mother… far as the promotions goes, I only have DcBookdiva and her promotional team putting in that work for me.
Godfather: What do you find the hardest about trying to get your name and books out there in this current market?
Nathan: It’s very hard with all the ebooks invasion, and everything is being promoted on social media and with me being in prison, it’s like i’m in a dinosaur age with this promotions.
Godfather: What are you currently working on?
Nathan:  I’m currently working on a book entitled: Window of Opportunity and just finished up a Book called Country Girl, which I was told is Fiyah!!!
Godfather: Make a pitch to the readers. I know you hardly get a chance to self-promote so, tell the readers why they should support you. Let them hear your voice.
Nathan:  I want all the readers of the urban genre to check out My work and see for yourself what u have been missing out on… I’m not conceited by a long shot, but the work will speak for itself, once read one, u never be done until u get a fix of all of Nathan Welch’s Epidemics… I also need the support so I can pay my legal bills and support myself in here.
Godfather: Where can your books be found?

Nathan: All my books can be found on Dc.BookDiva.com and Amazon.Com and wherever else urban books are sold.

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Check out other books by Nathan Welch.

Convict’s Clique

A Killer’z Ambition

A Killer’z Ambition 2

Wrong Move

Drunk In Love

 

GODFATHER Wesley Hunter is an incarcerated author from Los Angeles, Ca. He has  written several books covering a variety of genres, to include self-help/how-to/advisory, autobiography, poetry, urban romance, erotica and street lit. Godfather has even taught urban lit during his many years of incarceration. He makes an added effort to lace his writings with history, social-political consciousness and other such pearls of wisdom while penning  in a style which many have compared to the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Michhael Connelly

The Use of Slang in Writing

Too much slang, like too much of any good thing, can be bad for you. – Godfather Wesley Hunter

 

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[EXAMPLE] “When ya come up from ’round da co’na hangin’ wit’ Jeff an’ dem, did yous ‘member ta stop ova dere ta da sto’ an’ grab dat wat I asked ya fo’?” just too much. This is a bad habit picked up from reading the titles of hip hop songs i.e. IN DA CLUB, ‘BOUT DAT LIFE [RULE OF THUMB] If it doesn’t change the SOUND then there’s probably no need to change the spelling.

Words like DEM/them, DEY/they, DA/the, FO/for, PO/poor, STO/store, DAT/that, JUS/just almost never have a useful meaning. Whereas words like GON’, AIN’T, Y’ALL, or even my personal babies: PROLLY and WHATN’T almost always do.

Bottom line: When it comes to slang, less is more. Your use of slang should almost be INVISIBLE and not cause the reader to have to slow down and re-read it. The reader is trying to breeze through a book, they’re not looking to be impressed by yo cre8tiv spizzellin’ trix…ijs

 

 

GODFATHER” Hunter is an incarcerated author from Los Angeles, Ca. He has  written several books covering a variety of genres, to include self-help/how-to/advisory, autobiography, poetry, urban romance, erotica and street lit. Godfather has even taught urban lit during his many years of incarceration. He makes an added effort to lace his writings with history, social-political consciousness and other such pearls of wisdom while penning  in a style which many have compared to the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Michhael Connelly

 

 

Writing Until My Casket Drops w/ Cash

Author CA$H has been around for a while now. I became familiar with him last December when I read Trust No Man. I was drawn in from beginning to end. I instantly became a fan of his work. When the opportunity came about to interview CA$H I jumped at the chance.wpid-received_m_mid_1397086220081_6b1ff3530fa1e72237_1.jpeg

Cash was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but lived most of his life in Atlanta, Georgia. He decided to start writing fiction while incarcerated at a state prison in Georgia. His style is gritty, raw, and real. Even from the depths of confinement he has an imagination that’s in overdrive. His debut novel Trust No Man was released under the Wahida Clark Presents imprint in 2009, and the Trust No Man trilogy went on to reach hood classic status. It remains one of the most respected street novels in the industry. Trust No Man 1, 2&3 and Bonded by Blood were all highly acclaimed releases by Cash under Wahida Clark Publishing.
Since breaking on the scene with WCP, Cash has since formed his own publishing company Lock Down Publications. Under LDP the author’s star has shined brighter than ever with critically acclaimed novels such as A Dirty South Love, Shorty Got a Thug, Trust No Bitch 1&2, and Thugs Cry 1&2.

Cash is presently in his 22nd year of incarceration but he remains strong and he strives to teach through the power of his pen.

“I write what has been termed ‘fictional realism’. I give it to my readers raw and uncut, just like it goes down in everyday life. I feel a responsibly to keep it one hundred. I don’t write fairy-tales, and it’s never my mission to simply entertain the readers, I write with a message. “Therefore, sometimes you’ll need a box of tissue when you read my novels,” he says without apology.

“Other times I’ll make you rejoice over the way certain characters persevere. But you’ll never be left feeling indifferent about my books,” he promises.

From within his cell he writes to change his legacy to one that his loved ones can be proud of. “I want them to know that my desire to rise above the circumstances cannot be suffocated.”

I present to some and introduce to others, Author CA$h.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to Atlanta as a teenager.

I answered the call of the streets which led to a long imprisonment that is ongoing.

I write from the perspective of having lived the life that I write about and from having paid the severe cost.

 

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I guess I’ve always been a writer because going back to my early years in school I used to win writing contests. Once I took to the streets I didn’t pursue that passion because I was too caught up in the game.

Once I was incarcerated in 1991 I picked my pen back up and began writing about the streets that had spelled my doom.

My first book Trust No Man was published in 2007, and then later republished under Wahida Clark publishing in 2009.

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

That was predestined because it’s my belief that you write best about whatever it is you know and love.

So I chose to write streetlit because the way I lived epitomized the genre.

 

Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with it?. Yeah all writers do at some point.

I write my books from cover to cover, meaning I write the chapters in sequence.

If I get stuck on a certain chapter and can’t move on for a while.

I’ll just write a scene that I already know I’ll need later in the book. That usually unclogs the block for me.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges (if any) in getting your first book published?

Man, back in the day I used to send manuscripts to major publishing houses and never get a response.

But I wasn’t tripping because at the time, although I was locked up. I was still dedicated to pushing that work so the book thing was secondary. Once I decided to leave the illegal money alone and dedicated myself to becoming a published author doors opened for me.

 

Is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

Nah, because my first novel Trust No Man, when it was selfpublished was raw and gritty, straight from the block.

It caught the attention of Wahida Clark and as they say, the rest would make a great movie.

 

Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

My upcoming projects are this friendly challenge I’m engaged in with author Aaron Bebo.

On April 18th we both will release separate books titled Til My Casket Drops.

And the fans will decide who is the hottest. It’s a friendly battle that will make literary history.

Then, in late June I will release the highly anticipated Thugs Cry 3 (Only One Can Wear The Crown

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Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?My advice is that they study the craft and use unbiased test readers and a helluva developmentaleditor before self-publishing. Because readers remember you most from how you step into the ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 pursuing her other passion of becoming a lawyer. Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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