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Straight, No Chaser: Money Ain’t Everything

We sat down with Eyone to get the scope on Money Ain’t Everything. Being a veteran in the game, we wanted to know firsthand what Mr. Real Is Back has been working on

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What inspired you to write this novel?

My man, Panama, inspired me to write this book.  At a time in my life where I was going through some very heavy things he and I shared the same struggle and quest for freedom.  I was a young brother that had just published my first book while doing time in federal prison.  Panama was a brother that had just spent fifteen years fighting for a new trail in the court of appeals.  Knowing his background and what he’d just gone through, Panama’s story inspired me to write a street tale from a different angle.  I wanted to write a story that started from the very bottom and carried readers to the top of the food chain in a way that only real life could do.  It was not only a story that inspired me to write, it was also a story that challenged me as a writer to fictionalize real life events?

What’s the significance of the title Money Ain’t Everything?

Where I’m from, money making was always the driving force behind a lot of things that we did coming up.  Money had an enormous affect on the way we lived our lives.  In pursuit of the all mighty dollar a lot of lives were changed forever.  Money is some thing that we all need to survive in this world, but when it becomes the ultimate evil that causes our demise we have to step back and ask ourselves what’s really important.  So, the main point that I wanted to express with the title is that no matter what’s on in life, money is not everything.  Things like family, honor, and loyalty are some of the most important things in life.

Is this a true story?

I can’t say that it is all true.  I did research on things that made this story a story that I wanted to spend my time writing.  It is based on a true story, a story that has been covered in the news and in court cases that date back to the early 90s.  When researching the facts about this story it came to life like a Hollywood movie.  However, I also wrote some non-fiction articles about this same story.  The real story is public record.

What does this book do for your career as an author and a publisher?

This book is the second book of mine that I have published under Fast Lane Entertainment.  It’s another step in the direction of being a successful author and publisher at the end of the day.  Money Ain’t Everything is book number 6 for me. I’m very grateful to still be around and doing my thing with the support of my people.  I put my all into my work as an author; I strive to bring the best book to my readers and that keeps me hungry.  As a publisher, I’m just getting started.  I’m paying my dues.  However, I’m a good businessman, I learn fast, so in due time I will have my weight up, so to speak.  I’m here to stay; my name is a name that has to come up when people talk about their favorite authors.

In the book, Money Ain’t Everything, what drives your main character, and how does that strengthen the storyline?

The main character in Money Ain’t Everything is a young Panamanian by the name of Vicioso.  He grows up in the slums of Panama City, a project by the name of Santa Cruz.  Poverty is an everyday thing for Vicioso and his kind.  He longs for a better life where they want for nothing and he sets out to make life better by any means.  His ambitions are limitless; he will stop at nothing to change his circumstances.  Chasing money and a better life lands Vicioso in the U.S. during the height of the crack era.  The storyline flows up and down just as life does for Vicioso.  For readers that feel like they have read every story that has anything to do with a drug dealer, I make it a point to take the story deeper into real life than most of the books that focus on that part of street life.  The storyline rarely breaks off into other things other than Vicioso’s climb to the top and everything that comes with that struggle.  From being a man with nothing to a man with all that he could dream of, Vicioso still goes through the same joys and pains of an everyday person striving for something better in life.  He’s ambitious; he knows how to make something out of nothing.  He’s a loving son; he does anything for his mother and his woman.  He stands against all odds for his team.  The whole novel is a journey through from the main character’s point of view.

What should your readers expect when they pick up Money Ain’t Everything.

By all means, they should expect to read a story that is a hardcore look into the life of a character that really bets his last dollar on a long shot.  In the wake of the unknown, Vicioso risks his life to chase his dreams and visions.  Deep inside all of us, we long to take a long shot at times.  Sure most of us won’t risk it all because we know better, but we can all relate to someone that’s not afraid to live out the script.  Also, like all of my work, I try my best to tell the story like it really goes down.  It’s no secret that my past has been filled with enough of this or that to tell a different street story every time out.  It’s “Real is back!” every time you support me and read one of my books.  For that I send out nothing but thanks.  I’m grateful.

About Eyone Williams

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Eyone Williams was born and raised in Washington, D.C.  He is a publisher, author, rapper, and actor representing urban life in a way that is uniquely his.  Known for hard-core, gritty novels, Eyone made the Don Diva best-seller list with his first novel, Fast Lane (Fast Lane Publications).  He followed up his debut novel with Hell Razor Honeys 1 and 2 (The Cartel Publications).  He then delivered his readers a short story entitled The Cross (DC Bookdiva Publications).  He’s also a staff writer for Don Diva Magazine, his most notable work is featured in Don Diva’s issue 30, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, where he outlined the rise and fall of D.C. street legends Michael “Fray” Salters and Wayne Perry.  Eyone’s first acting role was in the movie Dark City (District Hustle).  His latest mixtape, A Killer’z Ambition, is a sound track to the novel, A Killer’z Ambition (DC Bookdiva Publications) by Nathan Welch.  With the release of his fourth novel, Lorton Legends (DC Bookdiva Publications), Eyone reached new heights in his career and won the AAMBC award for Male Author of The Year for 2012.  Always working, Eyone followed up Lorton Legends with another bestseller in Secrets Never Die (DC Bookdiva Publications).  Secrets Never Die is soon to be a movie.

For more information about Eyone Williams visit his Facebook page: facebook.com/eyone.williams, also follow him on Twitter @eyonethewriter, and on Instagram at uptowneyone

Available on e-readers and in print on January 18.  To order your autographed copy, visit http://www.dcbookdiva.com

How NOT to Get That Interview: Five Mistakes To Avoid

 Guest Blogger: Vonda Howard
 
Ever since I stepped into the publishing side of the literary field not just with Anexander Books, but with Black Literature Magazine, I have seen first hand what authors do to make me hit the delete button once their email drops into my inbox.
 
1.    Misspelling names and/or using incorrect titles and salutations.
People come on. Do the research. Find out who the contact person is for the organization you are addressing. If you cannot find that info, simply use “Dear Editor,” or old faithful, “Dear Sir or Madam”.
 
2.    Not following directions.
Nine times out of ten, if I have to tell you where to go to get the info you need and it is clearly listed on the website already; you are dead in the water. Frankly, it shows laziness. Real talk.  Not attractive.
 
Also, please send what the directions say send. If they ask for a press kit, send a press kit. If you don’t have or know what a press kit is, take a few minutes to research them. They are a great asset for authors to have when dealing with media outlets. Have one PROFESSIONALLY done.
 
      3.  SPAM
Unless you have authorization to send more emails to the address, you are spamming. This is a SURE way to not only NOT get any interviews or spotlights with the outlet, but you will also get reported as a spammer and that’s not fun at all. It also stinks of unprofessionalism. Just don’t do it.
 
     4.   Being a PEST!
Magazines whether online or in print have publishing schedules. If you are offered an interview and it is done or scheduled, DO NOT pester the magazine execs and staff! Normally, we are able to tell you when your feature will be posted and other times we will have to get back to you on your feature date. This IS NOT an invitation to send daily emails, Facebook messages, text messages, etc.
 
      5.    Unprofessional Presentation
This is the one I seem to see the most. The “Feature my book” messages that are also chock full of misspelled words and bad grammar. PLEASE take the time to proofread your email submissions? Even have a friend or family member look it over before it’s sent. Often, a fresh set of eyes can see mistakes that you may glaze over.
 
I say these things with a bit of levity, but in actuality I am writing this to help. As new authors (or authors period) you should always want to present yourself in the absolute best light you can.  
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Vonda Howard was born and raised in Southeast Washington, DC where she currently still resides with her 2 kids and husband of 13 years. She has always had a love affair with writing.   She wrote her first book (unpublished) at 10 years old and has not stopped since.

She self published her first novels “Diamond Lives, Platunium Lies” and “It’s Always the Pretty Ones” in 2007 and 2008. She just signed on with Anexander in June 2009 and her first book with Anexander, D-Cup Divas, released Spring 2010. You can find out more about Vonda at her site, www.VondaHoward.com.

 
 
Make sure to visit us at www.BlackLiteratureMagazine.com.
 
Black Literature Magazine is the brain-child of Essence Bestselling Author Torrian Ferguson and Author Vonda Howard.  BLM’s purpose is to uplift and promote  seasoned, new and aspiring authors.  The mag’s goal is to shine an unbiased and much needed light on the positive and often looked over aspects of every genre within African American literature.  Spotlights also include poetry, professionals within the industry, news, commentary and book reviews.