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THE EMERGENCE OF A LEADER

Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

 

A man can only teach what he himself has learned.

 

In this thing we call a ‘book game’ different people make it/succeed for varying reasons. To be clear, not all great writers achieve great notoriety or pools of riches, and not all poor writers flop like the dead-weight tomb they drop. Some succeed on popularity and their charismatic ability to draw a crowd (like the guy/girl in school just popular and adored for no identifiable reason) and their writing may be totally sub-par, others may succeed on the basis of hard work and dedication: they probe, they learn, they watch, they wait, they push and get that boulder up the hill, slowly but surely, until others take notice and lend a hand. They earn their way and they pay their dues. And, finally, at the very end of the chain, there’s talent; that one who can write their ass off and, truth is, they may or may not succeed, if they don’t get up and do the work, increase their popularity and try to become all three. For, talent alone is not enough, and even the best book ever written will go unread if no one ever knows it exists. And, this is what Silk White intrinsically understood.

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Silk White is a young 30ish CEO who’s building his own company, and gathering the all important distribution he needs to succeed. Not just another eBook CEO with a Fb profile, Amazon/CreateSpace account and a charming smile, this diverse author of 13 books went after it because he wanted it. He never let anything stand in his way,and when he faced a brick wall, he sought a way to get over it. He found a rope and he climbed.

A New York native, Silk White, now heads his company Good 2 Go Publishing. He’s picked up 4 other authors (a line-up which includes a children’s book, a Christian book and a horror story) and he’s just finished working on his 2nd indie film called No Way Out. So, is Silk White making it? Is he a success? Well, I’d say he’s well on his way, because, in order to succeed he well understood that he, first, had to be a student of the game, but, like he told me, he’s still learning everyday and still reaching out to network in order to share and exchange the hows and whys of this constantly evolving game. Because, no one starts at the top, and to know it all is to crash and burn, as we simply can not learn that which we feel we already know.

So, let’s hear it from, Silk White, CEO and avid student of the game.

 

Godfather: 13 books in the game. Talk about them. What are the titles and when did they come out?

Silk White: Married to da streets
Tears of a hustler 1-5
The Teflon Queen 1-3
Never Be The Same
Stranded
The serial cheater
Sweet Pea’s Tough Choices (children’s book)

Godfather: I know you’ve had some legal troubles. Talk about that?

Silk White: I got caught with a gun and drugs in 2003 and did two years.

Godfather: I’ve seen a few comments from readers who talk highly about your books. What sets your books apart?

Silk White: Basically, what I try to do is not the same ole same ole drug dealer story. I add a lot of other things in my books, I do it in a way that the reader won’t get bored.

Godfather: Were you self-published from the beginning? How much did you spend? What were your initial challenges? Tell us about your journey?

Silk White: Yes, I have been. It has been a rough and expensive journey all the leg work I had to do myself. All the different states I went to, I had to pay for it myself. I don’t even know how much I spent in the last seven years but it’s a lot .

 

Godfather: Is the book game easier or harder than you expected?

Silk White: No. It’s just like any other business, you are going to get out what you put in.

 

Godfather: Marketing. What are some of the marketing tricks you’ve learned along the way? What’s worked? What hasn’t?

Silk White: I’ve spent so much money In marketing, it’s not even funny. A lot of marketing tricks have helped me, and a lot of others haven’t. What will work for one person, won’t necessarily work for you. So you just have to go with what works best for you.

 

Godfather: Ebooks. Have they been profitable to you or do you find selling ebooks to be a challenge and, if so, why?

Silk White: I think that ebooks are a wonderful thing, it makes it easier and quicker for the author to get their work out there. The only problem with ebooks is that anyone can now upload a book and say that they’re an author. People who don’t have love for the craft but just looking to make a quick dollar.

 

Godfather: Distribution is a pretty big deal. It’s the holy grail to success in this industry. So, how did you obtain distribution and how would you advise others to go about it? Are there any short cuts or tips?

Silk White: For years I was trying to find a distributor to distribute my work, and repeatedly, I had door after door slammed in my face. I kept on doing my thing and a distribution company heard about the noise I was making and found me.

 

Godfather:  Social media. What social media sites do you find to be most beneficial/profitable?

Silk White: Social media is good, as long as you use it for what it’s for. I think it’s a good way to connect with readers that you may not ever be able to come in contact with.

 

Godfather: Tell us about Good 2 Go Publishing. How big is it? Are you looking to expand? What sort of materials are you looking for?

Silk White: I am currently taking submissions and yes I am trying to expand the company. All genres are accepted.

 

Godfather:  Expectations. A lot of us come out of the gate believing, ok I wrote a book, now it’s time to get rich. What do you say to them?

Silk White: I would tell a new author to not expect anything. If you come into this game expecting something, and you get the opposite, you’re going to be mad. I would say just do your best at promoting yourself, and trying to become a house-hold name. And the biggest key is consistency.

 

Godfather: The biggest mistake you’ve made so far, and what you’ve learned from it?

Silk White: I think it was have to be giving certain people consignment, I hate having to have to ask for my money. You should never have to ask for what’s yours, but you’re going to run across some people in this business like that.

 

Godfather:  The top 3 things you’ve done which you feel have contributed to your success?

Silk White: 1. Never gave up
2. Never stop trying
3. Never took no for an answer

 

Godfather:  What advice do you give the new guy with a manuscript and a dream?

Silk White: I’ll tell a new author, to be prepared to work. Nothing comes over night. They probably see a lot of authors eating, and say they wanna eat too, but trust and believe, those same authors that you look up to, had to go through the same thing, when they started their career.

Godfather:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Silk White: Yes. I would like to thank Godfather for this interview sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

 

Godfather:  How can you be reached?

Silk White: www.Good2gopublishing.com
Silkwhite212@yahoo.com
@silkwhite (twitter)
Silkwhite212 (Instagram)
Facebook.com/silkwhite212

Check out Silk White’s book now available at amazon.com

 

 

 

 

Wesley “Godfather” Hunter is a long time incarcerated author, who’s spent over 20 years seeking an opportunity, to get in the door and be recognized, Godfather, speaks, first hand, to the challenges which have plaqued the West Coast author in general, and the incarcerated West Coast author in particular.  <PARA >
Wesley “Godfather” Hunter is an L.A. native and author of the self-help/howto/ advisory /women’s empowerment guide EVERYTHING SHE SHOULD KNOW: What Daddy never told you and Mama never knew. As well as the autobiography TRUE BLUE: The life and times of a real and true Mafioso. Which journals his travels as a 98 Main Street Mafia Crip, begining in 1979, and takes into and through the case which finds him facing 36 counts of robbery, 2 counts of attempted murder on Deputies, a hostage situation and a 12 hr police standoff.With over 20 completed manuscripts, and having just signed with the indie-major DC Bookdiva Publications and Ben Official Books, you can expect that many more of Godfather’s titles will be coming to market soon.Having taught urban lit. classes, since in prison, added his ink to various projects, written poems and social political articles for various newspapers, etc. Godfather is no stranger to the art and craft of the pen. Author of fiction, non-fiction, self-help, howto, erotica, poetry, news articles, autobiography, as well as a frequent interviewer,  blogger and former spokesman, Godfather, is now ready to make some noise and he’s well prepared to do it.For more detail/info check out the detailed interview titled INCARCERATED SCARFACE on the all new hot spot for industry news www.StraightChaser.com and get to know this all around talent as he emerges from the shadows.

Talking Just To Be Talking

Many people run their mouths and don’t mean half the shit they say. And then there are those like K Sherrie.

This interview is a special one to me. When I first became acquainted with K Sherrie she was an aspiring author. We met in a Facebook group called Sisters into reading/Reviewing Book club where she is an administrator. Upon meeting, K Sherrie expressed interest in joining my Facebook group for Aspiring Authors. I added her to the group and she asked questions and participated in discussions. After talking to her, and assisting her with anything that I could, she has now accomplished her goal of publishing her first book.

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K Sherrie is now working on Queen of DC: The Middle which is due out on Sept. 20th. While also working on a project titled Some People Were Made For Each Other. I am indeed so proud of this young lady for all of her hard work and diligence. It’s my pleasure to be able to present to others this great new author. Meet KSherrie.

Sheri: What have you written?
K Sherrie: I released my first book Queen of DC on June 24th of this year. I also have a somewhat weekly blog titled Journey Into My Mind where I just share my thoughts on everything via my website and Facebook page.

Sheri: What are you working on now?
KSherrie: I’m currently working on part 2 of the Queen of DC Trilogy and part 1 of Some People Were Made For Each Other.

Sheri: Do you write full-time or part-time
K Sherrie: Part-Time.  I’m patiently waiting for the day that I am able to write full -time, but until that day comes……I gotta make the doughnuts

Sheri: Where does your ideas come from?
K Sherrie: Life. I take stories or scenarios that I have witnessed or been apart of and use them as my starting point, and from there I let my vivid imagination take flight.

Sheri: How do you deal with writer’s block?
K Sherrie: I disengage.  I will completely remove myself from a project for a week or so. I stop reading and just try to relax and enjoy life.  Once I feel enough time has passed, I revisit the project.

Sheri: Do you read much?  who are your favorite authors ?
KSherrie: A LOT.  I try to commit myself to at least 1 book per week, Sometimes I find myself reading more. My favorites are Jason Poole, Sa’id Salaam, T Styles, Mike O, Eric Jerome Dickey, and of course MYSELF.

Sheri: What book/s are you reading at present?
K Sherrie: I just wrapped up Devil in the Pulpit by K Marquelle…. and I’m getting ready to dive back into Facebook Chronicles series by Mike O since the final chapter is now out.

Sheri: Shout out your editor! Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
K Sherrie: My editor is a close friend of mine name JP. She wants to get into the world of editing and asked me to take a chance on her and I did.  We are jumping off the porch together with this one.

Sheri: Shout out your graphic designer!Who designed your book cover/s?
K Sherrie: Gabrielle Prendenhaust. I came across her work via a post on FB, sent her an email and things took off from there. Www.coveryourdreams.net

Sheri: What are your thoughts on reviews?
K Sherrie: I think HONEST reviews are important. I’ve just put out my first book and I NEED honest reviews.  I don’t feel I, or any other author, can truly grow as a writer, if people only tell us what we want to hear, or hold back true feelings because of what the outcome could be. I want reviews and I want them honest. If you love my work tell me so and WHY. If you hate it, tell me so and WHY.

Sheri: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
K Sherrie: I’m on Facebook what feels like 24 hours a day. You can catch up with me via my promo page at http://www.facebook.com/ksherrie202 Or hanging out in my favorite facebook group “Sisters into reading/reviewing bookclub” I recently joined twitter…still getting used to it so bare with me. @KSherrie2014 is my Twitter name. My email is KSherrie2014@gmail.com

 

Purchase her latest release, Queen of DC now!

 
Sheri 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 obtaining her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing . Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

THE DYNAMIC DUO

Writing is a very important part of my life. When it comes to new authors, I take a very special interest in them. I was interested to find out more about, Shawn Corey, because he works as a team with his wife. I was happy to sit down with the duo and get to know the authors behind the pen.

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Shawn Corey (pen name) is a 31 year old black male who, at the age of 18, caught 15 years back in 2001. His release date isn’t until summer 2015. Basically, he uses writing as a way to keep from sitting by wasting time and opportunity. He doesn’t have much of a literary background, other than the fact that he was born to write and that he loves and lives to do it.

Dorian Stevens a.k.a. “Shante” is a 28 year old female who’d, had a thing for Shawn since they were kids, and so she took a leap of faith and married the man of her dreams. She was an All-American basketball player who, due to injury, stopped playing sports and now coaches instead. She too doesn’t have much of a literary background, other than the fact that She and Shawn used to write short stories to each other, envisioning their life after his release, and talking about the things they’d experienced. From that, this dynamic duo  decided to weave their ideas into books. This is their story:
 
 
Sheri: Where do your ideas come from?

Shawn and Dorian: A lot of times we just think them up using personal experiences of our own or someone else’s. Maybe we’ll come across something we read and take another angle at it. Mostly, though, our stories are close to us, simple life experiences embellished to the point of interest. Things that everyday people can relate to.

Sheri: How do you deal with writer’s block?

Shawn and Dorian: We deal with writer’s block, like we deal with all haters; ignore them! If we get stuck with writing, we move on to the next part of the book mentally, because, and we think this is normal, most of our books are written in our heads first, chapter by chapter, before we put it on paper. Of course, I don’t mean word for word, but the foundation more or less. We’re constantly discussing ideas of what we feel will grab reader’s attention.

Sheri: What are your thoughts on reviews?

Shawn and Dorian: We’re motivated by both good and bad reviews (though we haven’t had a bad review yet). As artists/authors it’s normal for us to be a bit sensitive about our work and we are to a degree. Because our work is a reflection of us, we feel that if you don’t like our work, then you don’t like us. I doubt most people think that way, it’s just our train of thought, we use that to remain motivated.

Sheri: What are your goals for your writing career?

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Shawn and Dorian: We want to be ‘That Author/Artist;’ the crème dele crème of the urban fiction game.

Sheri: What are you working on now?

Shawn and Dorian: A suspense thriller entitled “Hello Luv” and it’s kicking our ass. However, with so many urban stories being the same (not knocking anybody) we try to challenge ourselves to stick out a little bit. The finish product will be worth it though, it’s not as fast paced as most urbans, but the ending will justify the means. We are also working on a two-part book entitled “Death Struck Vol.1” and this book is going to be powerful.

Sheri: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your literacy background?
Shawn and Dorian: We are a husband and wife team, who married November 22, 2011.

Sheri: Do you read much? Who are your favorite authors?

Shawn and Dorian: We don’t read as much as we used to, because at one point in time, there were a lot of bad stories out there. The last book we read was Kia Payne’s Paper, Promises, & Punishment 1&2 and they were very good books. Ashley Antoinette & Ja’Quavis Coleman are good, Kia Payne, Sista Soulja; that’s about it.

Sheri: What’s the hardest thing about writing for you?

Shawn and Dorian: Because Shawn is in prison he doesn’t have a laptop, cpu…he literally writes everything, and he says it can be painful, at times, to try and meet our personal deadlines. It’s often a struggle; sending mail back and forth, things being rejected by the prison, post office late on deliveries, etc…We get it done though. We don’t accept excuses, therefore we don’t give any.

The authors can be reached at facebook.com/shantestevens & facebook.com/collie.stevens.7

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing is an Outlet

I’m very pleased, to have had the opportunity, to interview the remarkable Ms. Rocky Rose. I’ve learned that we share something extraordinary, in that, we are both raising physically challenged young children. Every time I talk to her, I am renewed, as I feel her passion for writing and children.

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Author Rocky Rose, born and raised in New Haven, CT. is the third of four children. Her parents are both ministers. Rocky’s love of writing began with her love of reading; the two going hand-in-hand. Rocky, first, thought about pursuing writing as a career, after being given a short story assignmement, by an English teacher, during her sophomore year of high school. After he read it he told her she had a great talent, but soon after that writing became a distant memory for her.

In, 2010, Rocky met Karen E. Quinones Miller. After talking to Karen, for about two hours, Rocky, then, decided to take the necessary steps to pursue a writing career. So, after attending seminars, by Karen, and other well-known authors, Rocky, started putting the pen to paper. In ,2012, Rocky’s, first work was published. I Win You Lose, was a co-authored compilation of six short stories, dealing with issues of domestic violence. In, 2013, Rocky, released her debut solo novel, My Man My Abuser, a tale loosely based on a relationship she was in, for three years, where she was physically abused. Rocky is currently working on, Stirred & Shaken, and, Bruised Never Broken,which are the two novels that come after My Man My Abuser. Rocky resides in Connecticut with her son and daughter.

Sheri: Tell me a little about yourself and your literary background?

Rocky: My love for reading and writing, I would have to attribute to my mother and my sophomore high school teacher. Every summer when school let out, I was required to read a certain amount of books and do book reports which I had to turn in to my mother. It got to the point where I would literally read a book a day, I loved it. As far as writing goes, it really all started, my sophomore year in high school, when my English teacher made us all write a short story. Needless to say, my story was one of his favorites, even with my very racy sex scenes.

Sheri: What are your goals for your writing career?

Rocky: My ultimate goal is to be a full-time, self-employed author, in the very near future. Writing is a gift God gave me and I want to use it to my full potential. I also want to be a motivational speaker; I want to be able to speak to people about my trials and tribulations, and how I have overcome them.

Sheri: What have you written?

Rocky: I have written countless short stories that have yet to be released. I have a compilation book out titled I Win You Lose, which was released in ,2012, and my solo novel, My Man My Abuser, which was released in 2013.

Sheri: What are you working on now?

Rocky: I’m currently working on a few different projects, namely Stirred & Shaken and Bruised Never Broken, which are the two novels that follow My Man My Abuser, both are set to be released early 2015. I’m also combining some of my short stories into a compilation novel, but no set date for it to be released.

Sheri: Why do you write?

Rocky: Writing started out as an outlet for me, because I never really had the type of relationship, with my parents, where I could go to them and talk to them about different things. Instead of talking to people about my problems or what I was going through, I wrote my feelings out. Then, after doing the short story assignment, my sophomore year in high school, I became hooked on writing and I haven’t put the pen down since.

Sheri: What was/is the hardest thing about writing your newest book?

Rocky: The hardest thing about writing these next two books, is rehashing the memories that I’ve been trying to block for the past six years or so. Writing these books has me reliving all of the hurt, pain and sorrow I endured.

Sheri: How do you deal with writer’s block?

Rocky: I don’t get writer’s block, I listen to music when I write, which helps me with the flow of my story.

Sheri: Shout out your editor! Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?Rocky: I have worked with two different editors, Allyson Deese and Tiffany from Tiff’s Editing Café. Allyson and I had been in talks around the time I completed I Win You Lose . She mentioned the fact that she does editing, so I went with her. For my novel, My Man My Abuser, Tiffany came highly recommended by, the brother, Treasure Blue. When someone of Treasure Blue’s status recommends you, you must be good. I am also currently working with Editor Carla Dean for another project of mine.

Sheri: Shout out your graphic designer! Who designed your book cover/s?

Rocky: I have worked with three different graphic designers, Brittani Williams, Allyson Deese and Gregory Goodwin. With all three of them, I simply told them my vision, gave them an overview of the book and allowed them to take it from there. Not one of them has disappointed.

Sheri: How do you work out being a mom and an author?

Rocky: Being a mother is my first and most important job. If I didn’t have my daughter, I, honestly, don’t think I would have a career as an author. After having her, I vowed to do any and everything I needed, to ensure she had all that she would ever want or need.

Sheri: It takes a lot to raise a disabled child. How much time do you put into writing, marketing and perfecting your craft?

Rocky: I don’t like referring to my daughter as being disabled, it just seems so negative to me. But, raising her and maintaining my career isn’t really all that hard, I think the toughest part is traveling to different writing functions and having to find a sitter or having to have someone come with me to watch her, while I attend literary events. My aunt and my sister are my biggest helpers; they watch her when I need to attend literary functions out of state. My daughter is pretty independent. Even though she is not yet walking, over the years, she has learned ways to maneuver and get around. To be 5, she’s very smart. I try to write everyday so I don’t lose my flow. For now, I am only marketing via social media, radio interviews with Blog Talk and local radio stations.

Sheri: What are your thoughts on reviews?

Rocky: I like reviews. Reviews help me to know what my readers like and dislike, so I’ll know for the next book, what I need to fine tune and work on. I respect my readers opinions, feedback and constructive criticism is great.

Sheri: In what formats are your books available? Rocky: My books are available in paperback and eBooks

Sheri: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Rocky: I can be found on Facebook as Rocky Rose, on Instagram as authorrockyrose and Twitter @naughtyrocky85.

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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.

The Gift of Writing

Written by Sheri Harrigan

Aaron Bebo is the of the critically acclaimed title Change For A Dollar.

His debut. Aaron is a look into the urban terrain in a profound presentation of words. He spins tales so vividly that the reader is almost compelled to believe they are actually participating in every dialogue and location. His debut novel highlights the theme of transition. Bebo delivers the story in fine fashion with his detailed wit, and slick character dialogue. He uses his uncanny view of the urban structure, and the conditions of the people that live there, to draw out a vivid tale. He is able to translate into words a broader spectrum of the ominous shadows that seemed to be an ever present force in the urban structure where he grew up.

Aaron has also ghostwritten two novels outside the street fiction genre that have been published. One being a Non-fiction title on Cancer. He has also lent his time speaking to youths in the South Florida school system as well as juvenile detention centers.

Aaron is also the author of Rat Hunters, Cupids Assassin, Bunches of Love, and Author Wives. The Long Story Short Series a collective of short stories which includes the titles; Accidental Nut, Area’s Grey, On The Green, Mischievous. Bebo has also published works under the name Sadie Morris and Unique Styles. Aaron most recently signed with the publishing house G Street Chronicles. Bebo’s G Street Chronicles debut I Used To Love Her is available now.

Aaron Bebo currently resides in South Florida where he continues to write and connect with the people as a means of promoting literacy. You can connect with this author @ https://www.facebook.com/AaronVERBALKENTBebo , https://twitter.com/AaronBebo Read More Into Urban Culture….

And now I will get up close and personal with Mr. Bebo in the exclusive interview

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Sheri: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Aaron: I am Aaron Bebo. I am a writer, a radio show host, and a partner in a publishing company. I am also a ghostwriter as well.

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

Aaron: I’ve been writing since I could. I was one of those kids who needed to express themselves, but are guarded. I mostly wrote my thoughts and feelings and through that I discovered the gift of writing. I continue to grow as a writer daily, mostly through my love of reading.

Sheri: How did you choose the genre you write in?

Aaron: I really have no specific genre I write in. I am well rounded as a writer. I wrote my first book in the street fiction genre because it was something I was familiar with (the streets).

Sheri: Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

Aaron: No I don’t. I believe writers block is a myth. I believe a true writer always has something to express. It may not be what they desire. But a writer should never be at a loss for words.

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

Aaron: I really had no troubles. I knew all the steps to publishing the book. It was after the book was published that I started experiencing challenges. Like getting books into book stores, and on vendor tables. I also learned about the unseen hands that move to try to stop progress for others through connections they may have established before hand. My biggest challenge has been separating my passion from the business.

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?

Aaron: No because I couldn’t fork over a Harvard tuition and receive the education I got from my experience.

Sheri: Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

Aaron:  My next project set for release is Til My Casket Drops. It is a title that will be shared by fellow author Cash Street Lit Author. We are releasing these books as a challenge, not so much between us. But to challenge the authors and readers alike to start focusing back on what’s important and that’s reading and writing. We are hoping to bring our literary affiliates closer and bridge the gap that’s been holding us all back as African American authors. This is a historical event, because nothing like it has been done before; and we encourage people to get behind it or rather beside.

Sheri:Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers.

Aaron: Study the craft and stay off social media until your manuscript is complete. That way when you get on you’ll really have something to talk about. Study the craft; and read books outside the genre you write to keep your language and ideas fresh.

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Purchase Until My Casket Drops by Aaron Bebo now, http://amzn.to/1rJgxDq

 

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.

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.

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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