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Literary Spotlight: Loving You Feels So Right : Alana & Jakobi Story

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Alana Kim is the definition of crazy, sexy, cool. Labeled a man eater by current and former lovers, this wild child lives life on her terms and couldn’t care less what the world thinks of her. Seeking something she never experienced in her home growing up, Alana relishes the affection and attention she receives from the opposite sex. Men absolutely adore her but she’s unable to return those feelings of adoration which causes problems to arise with a longtime lover. For years, Alana has been content having sex without strings or commitments and has no plans to be tied down by anyone. It’s not until she witnesses the lives of the ones closest to her changing, that her past begins to weigh heavily on her heart. Throw into the mix an amazingly handsome man who captures her heart immediately and suddenly she’s changing her tune, considering love for the very first time.

Jakobi Tate is a damaged soul, carrying a load of hurt and pain on his shoulders but from the moment he lays eyes on Alana his life was forever changed. It’s like he’s known her his whole life and with no real family to call his own besides his brother Marcus, Jakobi is hoping to build something solid with Alana. However, he soon discovers that there’s tons of baggage and other men that come along with loving someone like her. Her promiscuous ways along with her detached personality may be just enough to push him away for good. Jakobi is fighting his own demons so he’s left wondering if taking on her issues is worth all the trouble. They have a connection that is out of this world but will that be enough for them to hold on to what they’ve found in one another? Read along as unimaginable revelations come to light and a foolish obsession reaches its breaking point in this steamy urban romance.

ULR Feature: Don’t Get Caught Slippin’ by Cedric Lewis

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Curtis Griffin aka Cane formed a click called the “CMB Click” growing up. He was young but had street knowledge beyond his years due to the fact that he was the product of a drug one of the biggest drug family’s in the area. Cane had learning the ins and outs of the drug game at a tender age. Most adolescence his age were playing Nintendo but Cane was hanging with big time hustlers earning his way and making his keep. Eventually money came, followed by more women, notoriety and of course jealousy trailed. When Travis aka Trapp one of the Cane’s members and friend of the “CMB Click” betrays them and joins forces with an archrival from the Westside by the name of “The Poison Clan” they became the “Jack Boys” robbing any and every body by any means necessary. This book is a page turner. It is the goal of the author for the readers to comprehend and understand from his perception of what it is when you live the fast life. That everything that glitters is not gold, especially if you get caught slippin’. About the author: Cedric Lewis has wrote an impressive collection of books with this being his first published. He hopes to inspire someone by his lessons that the fast life has consequences. Cedric resides in Greenville South Carolina.

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“This book is amazing!!!! I was not able to stop reading it and the book is real inspiring. I cannot wait until the author release another book. Importantly, reading the book made me feel like I was literally there; therefore, I was able to finish the book within 3 days. Great job!!!!!!” – Amazon Review

A Conversation with Cassandra Charisse Carter

Written by Seth Ferranti

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Loves, Lies and Consequences is the latest book from urban fiction novelist Cassandra Charisse Carter, who hails from Reading, Pennsylvania but ended up in Michigan. At the age of 14 Cassandra signed a deal with Kimani Tru, a young adult imprint of Harlequin Inc. Her first novel, Fast Life, first explores the life of Kyra Jones, who again is the main character in Cassandra’s new book.Kyra lives an adventurous life and barely manages to escape the streets of Chicago with her life and freedom. But an ex-lover comes back into her life and all hell breaks loose in Loves, Lies and Consequences. Definitely check the book out but first check out this interview. An exclusive on Urban Literary Review.

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Why did you become an author?

I’ve always loved to write. It didn’t matter what it was. And even though the idea of becoming an author was appealing to me, I never really thought it would happen. Growing up, I thought the only way for me to write for a living was to become a journalist. That was up until I had the dream that inspired me to write, Fast Life.

Now, I will admit, at 14-years-old, becoming a published author wasn’t the goal. I didn’t even want anyone to read what I had written – not that that could stop my family from passing it around behind my back. My grandmother was actually one of the first to encourage me to take the steps to get published. It was my family’s love and support that gave me the confidence I needed to go forward.

I was still in high school when I signed my contract with Harlequin although, truthfully, I never saw my writing as this “gift” until after I was published. For me, writing was just something I did. But now, it is so much more than that. Every time I see my name on the cover, I know this is what I am meant to do.

Describe what your books are about.

Heavily inspired by urban fiction, Fast Life is about a girl from Chicago named Kyra Jones. Drawn by the allure of fast money, designer clothes, and even faster cars, she relishes her role as a hustler’s girlfriend – until her mom receives a job promotion that threatens to pack them up and ship them out to a Caribbean island. In a matter of days, Kyra is torn from her hometown, and forced to leave everything – and everyone – she loves behind. Starting over in a new place, with a new boyfriend, Justin, gives Kyra hope that life can be different. But once her past starts to catch up to her Kyra’s only hope is to stay one step ahead of trouble.

16 Isnt Always Sweet introduces a completely new set of characters and conflicts. At the beginning of the book, readers catch Jordan Wright just as she is transforming into the cool 16-year-old she always imagined herself to be. So when she is approached about being in the hottest rapper’s new video, she has the confidence to go for it. She and her best friend, Adrienne, try out with hundreds of hopefuls, but only Jordan makes it. Adrienne seems fine with it. But when Jordan starts getting some serious attention, Adrienne turns into a hater. And after Jordan has an innocent in-the-hall conversation with Adrienne’s ex-boyfriend, Adrienne plots to ruin Jordan’s life by spreading rumors, writing stuff on the bathroom walls and telling Jordan she’d be better off dead. Suddenly Jordan’s popularity is fading. Forget sweet sixteen. She soon discovers that what she needs most is to find the strength to be herself.

What is the main theme that runs through your work?

Well, I started off writing Young Adult fiction for Kimani Tru, so they tackle a lot of teen issues like bullying, sex, self-esteem, etc. but I think you will find love at the core of all my stories. Whether it’s about loving yourself or loving someone else, there will always be obstacles and sacrifices, as well as triumphs. I think that is what makes romance so relatable. Even if they won’t admit it, everyone is looking for it. Everyone wants to be loved.

What is the new book about?

The sequel to my debut novel, Fast Life: Love, Lies & Consequences brings Kyra and Justin back together in their early 20’s, and a lot has changed – not just their age. Set in the beautiful Turks and Caicos, Love, Lies & Consequences follows forbidden lovers Kyra and Justin as they fight to keep their love alive. Entangled in five years worth of secrets, lies, and sabotage, it doesn’t take long before insecurities arise, temptation becomes too great, and accusations start to fly. With Justin already engaged to marry another woman, and Kyra involved in her own relationship, it doesn’t take long before a simmering jealousy sparks thoughts of murder. Soon they realize that while they are in control of their choices, they can’t choose the consequences. . . And someone has to pay.

What could you say to make someone want to read it?

One thing about me, I don’t write boring books. If you enjoy a quick, unpredictable page-turner full of drama and romance then pick up any one my titles. The beautiful thing about YA/ New Adult Fiction is that it can be enjoyed by all ages. I think what also makes me so unique as an author is the fact that I am the audience I am writing for. I’ve grown up with a large part of my audience so I think that makes it seem more authentic and real.

Do your stories reflect your journey in life and why?

Yes, and no. I say that because as an author I tend to be very observant so I can’t help but take bits and pieces of different people I’ve met or things I’ve experienced. Sometimes inspiration can come from the smallest things. But even if it is based off something/someone real I try to put my own spin on it. Most of what I write comes from my imagination. That’s the fun in being an author.

What is next for you literary wise?

Right now I am working on Paradise and Promises which will be the third and final installment in my “Fast Life Series” (even though I already have some readers asking for a part 4 LOL). I already have 5 chapters posted on Wattpad @CallMeMissCarta. I also have a proposal I am working on and an urban project in development that I am really excited about releasing next summer.

In the meantime, I am just enjoying the opportunities to promote/network with new readers and authors. Now that I am independent, I can only hope to expand upon what I have built in order to write full time. It is amazing to see how many people can relate to your characters and their stories, and I am happy that I can inspire others to pursue their dreams as well.

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Cult California Author’s Work Now Back in Print in New Expanded Edition, as “Young Loc’s On the Westside” Arrives On Amazon.com

The writings of The Legendary Experience have been favored by readers of urban literature for years, and have been republished after experiencing cult appeal in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

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LA, CA, January 27, 2015 – Certain African-American authors have managed to stand out in the publishing world and capture the voice of a generation. Among these authors are literary stars like Donald Goines, Richard Wright, Iceberg Slim, and now, The Legendary Experience. This street author has been captivating both young and old with an authentic Los Angeles voice for over 20 years.

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In the late 1990’s, readers passed worn copies of his limited-run paperbacks to friends, family, and cellmates, and now these beloved stories are back. The first, Young Loc’s On the Westside, captures the inner world of a cold and vicious street gang, and was written at the height of the Los Angeles gang phenomenon. Readers couldn’t get enough of The Legendary’ s Experience’s words, and can now enjoy them once again, as Young Loc’s on the Westside will take them back to the 1980’s era on the streets of Los Angeles, when crack was king. It’s the author’s very skill at evoking that sordid and intense time that gave him the name “The Legendary Experience.” Young Loc’s On the Westside features the story of kids that live on the Westside of the city, and lived outside the stereotype of other gangbangers in the city. Instead of bandanas, these gangsters wear preppy brands, but brandish cold steel.   “I wrote Young Loc’s On the Westside for straight-up shock value. America has a sick fascination with sex, money and murder”.  I decided to take readers on a journey down this path filled with lustful innuendos and let them experience it in a gritty visceral way. I’m going to give it to them uncut, raw, and straight with no chaser. That fantasy has now been changed into a very sexy and gritty reality,” says Legendary. Young Loc’s On the Westside is now available in paperback on Amazon.com and Overtheedgebooks.com it will soon be followed up the other books in the series. The author has several books to his name, including Moral Dilemma, Dubie the Hustler, A Hip-Hop Love Story, and Water the Bush, and lists Sidney Sheldon as one of his literary influences, alongside Sister Souljah, Goines, and Richard Beck. When he’s not writing, he’s volunteering his time as Director of Operations for Go beyond the G.A.M.E. Student Athlete Mentoring Program.

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The Hunger Within w/ Shawn Starling

“When my situation ain’t improving, I’m tryna murder everything movin.”             -Jay-Z

A lot in me has changed, over the years. The man I am today is a far cry from who I used to be. The growth in me has emerged. The trials and tribulations of my past are all dealt with. Today, I can honestly say, I’m a grown man. A grown man who’s more than ready for the next set of obstacles, because we all know they do not stop… Neither do I.

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However, this was not something done over night. No, it took some time and doing. This giant transition took place behind the walls of silence. In a place where I was surrounded by thousands and yet I felt all alone. The facade, I once stood so graciously behind,  long gone. There were no more flashy cars, jewels or people who boosted my ego with hopes of getting rewarded in return. In a place where everyone was dressed the same, ate at the same time, and held captive by the same guards, I no longer stood out. I was no longer the captain of my ship. I went from one-of-one, to one-of-many, and for a long time I was bothered by it.

This small bruise to my large ego, was a major turning point in my life. It was what caused the soul searching. My inner voice emerging, as I found myself driven and determined to be different. You see, in the beginning, writing, for me, was a merely a way I figured to  make some money, and prevent from returning to the life which had lead to where I’d found myself. However, as I continued to write, it became my escape. It became a part of me. My release. I wrote lyrics, novels or, sometimes, just my thoughts. I would write for hours and hours. I became hungry for knowledge, and this hunger became a beast that lived in my heart and thoughts. The blood from this beast would bleed through my pen, taking a part of my soul with it every time. It was like a demon which acted beyond my control, scribbling pieces of me, one line at a time. It spoke to me in a monotonous voice that screamed inside my head. In the end what was once an escape had turned into pure passion, and I became one with my writings:

One with this beast within.

While a lot has changed, some things remain the same. This hunger within was in me, when I participated in illegal activities, and it’s remained as I’ve grown into who I am today. I’ve always wanted to be the best. From day 1, I held a competitive nature. I am still a very proud man, only I’ve learned to cross out the foolish pride. My decisions are never based on emotions, but whether simply on that which makes the best sense. Success is what I want, like the air I breathe. It’s my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night. The mere thoughts pushing me, whenever I want to quit. They hold court when it is time for a reality check. They, too, are apart of the beast within.

Laced with wisdom and understanding, I face this world with a ready-for-whatever attitude. Understanding that talent will only get me so far. And, knowing, that hard work is really what separates the good from the greats…  I will be great!

I don’t want people to just read my writing and say, “Yeah, I liked it” or “It was good.” I want people to one day say my writings changed their lives, in the ways that they’ve changed mine. I want the beast within to be understood. I want readers to see it’s face, every time they read my work. I want my pains to be felt, my happiness to give chills, and my journey to be an adventure which readers will never forget.

More than anything, I want people to understand, that the beast in me is hungry. And by all means, HE SHALL EAT.

Interview w/ Godfather

What first inspired you to write?
SHAWN: Well, ever since I can remember, I’ve been a daydreamer. There were times, in my days as a hustla, when I would park my Cadillac on a quiet street and just entertain my own thoughts. Back then, Master P was big and he had just dropped the movie, “I’m Bout It”. Other street related movies, like “Paid In Full”, “Boys N The Hood”, and “Menace to Society” were all inspirations, long before I ever even knew anything about the Urban Lit. Genre. All I knew was, my life was like a movie, minus the director yelling “Cut”. I always wanted to tell my story and be creative, but it wasn’t until I was imprisoned, and forced to actually sit still, that I actually completed anything or was even given the focus. I was just  on my bunk, one night, when my celly tossed a book at me. Interupting my reading of a James Patterson novel. “You always reading that bullshit.” he said.  “Read that.” I looked at the book and it read “Dutch”, the cover was attractive. It had $100 bills on it and the  bills were covered in blood. Instantly, I wanted to read it. And, once I started, I could instantly relate. A light bulb went off in my head. I knew that I could write a book, about the game that I’d once played. I just started writing, without a clue where I was going or even where to start. I just wrote and wrote, and when I let a friend read it, he told me it was terrible. Yet, not one to be too easily discouraged, from there, I started learning about literature. Small things like sentence structure and paragraph formatting. My first manuscript was written at least ten times. Then again when I got home. Bottom line, When I set my mind to something, I’m relentless. Besides, one can never truly succeed, without first knowing what it is to fail. In a nutshell, writing became my escape. My release. My passion.

I know you were in prison when you first started writing. How long were you locked up? Where did you do your time? Talk about that.
SHAWN: Yeah, I did 8 1/2 years in federal prison. I was held at a low facility in Morgantown, WV. We were in the mountains, but we made the best of it. Of course, there were hard times, but there were also a lot of times I remember laughing my hardest. Prison turned me from a boy to a grown man. It shaped me in a way people on the streets, who’ve never been there, would never imagine. I had the honor of being around dudes who had made their way down from high security to where I was. These were men who had been down for 20 and 25 years. Men with great patience and humility. They had tough skin and they taught me how to keep my emotions in check. They helped me see at my own situation as something small in comparison. The hardest part for me, was watching my love ones struggle and not being able to help. Prison made me realize just how much of a needed presence I truly was, and I still keep that in mind to this day.

How many books have you written, and are any of them a part of a series?

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SHAWN: I have ten manuscripts in total. Seven are a series of events which follow my debut, Real Recognize Real. When done, that will be a ten book series. On top of that, I have two unrelated manuscripts, and also a lot of notes which will soon become another manuscript called “Mirror Me Back”, which will be my first non-fiction piece.

Tell us about your debut novel REAL RECOGNIZE REAL. What is it about?
SHAWN: My debut novel, Real Recognize Real, is a story of growth. Readers will go on a journey with a kid who’s earned the name Real. It wasn’t given by a long shot. The title is a double entendre, because not only is the main character forced to recognize what’s real, as far as his perspective on life and people in general, he’ll also be made to uncover and discover that which is real within himself.  A struggling character some might call a villian, while to others he is labled as a hero. A hustler with a conscience, yet affiliated with some considered heartless.

What is it you hope to accomplish with your career?

SHAWN: I hope to become an inspiration just as those writers and film directors, I named, inspired me. Of course I want this to be a career where I can feed my family, but more than anything, I want to remain passionate about my writing. I want my readers to always see the picture I’m painting and to always see my vision.

Talk about the book game in your area. Do you know of any other authors in your area? Are there many independent/urban bookstores in your area?

SHAWN: Besides Nikki Turner, I can’t recall a writer from Richmond, Va with a heavy impact. Nikki set the bar high, and I hope to follow in her footsteps. As for local bookstores, there aren’t many, if any. The college, VCU is taking over everything. However, as an active member of United Distribution, I’ve actually been looking into how to start my own store, and just may do that one day. I believe the paperback market in this city is wide open.

What’s your strong point? What skill do you think you’ve captured best?
SHAWN: Because I could accept constructive criticism, I can say that I now have the ability to tell a story. I now know what readers are looking for. I can take a reader into a setting, and make them feel as if they are actually there. I can give a reader a character that they will either love or hate. I know how to toy with a readers emotions, and take them there, as they practically live within the scene. For instance, I now know that I can’t take a reader to the south of Richmond, without telling them about the horrible smell from the waist factory. Or tell them about, Mosby Court projects, without mentioning how the trees are gone, and the grass has been replaced with manuer. I key in on details. I want the reader to either say I never want to go there, or I need to visit this place. At the end of the day, they have to feel something or I haven’t done my job.

What are your weaknesses? What areas do you hope to work on and develop more?
SHAWN:Time lines. I still struggle with time lines. Like how do I skip from January to April, without dragging the story, or skipping ahead so fast that I lose my reader? Or when is a good time in the story to change the year. I never want the reader to feel like the story is too slow, but I don’t want them to feel like they’ve lost anything either. Finding a good pace, I would have to say. That’s something I’m working on.

On a personal level. I know you’ve got kids. What else is there to know about Shawn Starling?
SHAWN: Two daughters that I love dearly. I was blessed to have them raised, in my absence, by a phenomenal woman. I was also raised by a strong mother and grandmother. They tried to keep me in church, and a lot of those ethics/values stuck with me. I’m thankful for that. I have a crazy past, but there are no regrets, because, I am now a better person. I’ve learned from my journey. I love hard, but I don’t confuse fantasy with reality. To me a spade is a spade, and that’s what I expect from the people in my small circle.

What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about maybe putting a book together?
SHAWN: Do it, but be passionate about it. There is a lot of bad writing in our genre, so don’t get caught up in what you may have read. Stand out and read other genres. I still read James Patterson. As writers, we are putting our work on a platform and giving readers the right to play judge. The story should have flow, and the readers should be able to ride that wave. Also, when you write what is real to you, others will always feel it. Keep it 100 and they’ll applaud you for it. If you don’t, prepare to be crucified.

Is there anything else you want to add?
SHAWN: I’m simple. I believe life is simple, but we as people tend to complicate things. Honesty, loyalty, and trust is rare, but it will take you so much further than deceit. I’m a go-getter, but I also know the power in keeping still. Sometimes, you just have to be calm. That keeps me grounded. Anger not hate, is loves greatest opponent. So, when I do get angry, I’ll be still, until I’m thinking logically again. Then I move. I’m strategic, I’m a thinker and I don’t talk much. Only when I feel something is needed to be said. Humility is a very hard thing to accomplish, I’m still working at it everyday while others label me humble. The only traits of my past that still remain is the pride I put into what I do, and the fact that I will forever be a hustla. New product, but I’m still a huslta.

How can you be reached?

SHAWN: Fb:Author Shawn_ Starling.
Ig:@Therealstreetauthor

 

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ULR Feature: Meet Itchie-Mu

Author Muhammed “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is an urban fiction author and the co-founder of Street Dedication Publishing that he started with his co-partner Hakim Fleming. The first of six siblings, he quickly became involved with the streets at the age of 14, when his father, Muhammed Sr. was deported back to Africa due to a narcotic conviction. In 1990, Muhammad was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary for several counts of arm robbery and aggravated assault at the age of 18.  itchiemu

After serving 6 years of the sentence he was released back to the streets, his raging heart at this point had a kind of numbness to it, and he was a lost soul just living life. With the combination of trying to survive along with the disappointment and grief in his heart, after finding out his sister and closest sibling Finah  Anwo died from a drug overdose at the young age of 18. This tragic turn of events truly marked his downward spiral forcing him to fall further into a dark pit.

Muhammad still had not learned his lesson. Addicted to his criminal behavior he carried those habits back behind the wall.  Muhammed ended up receiving more time, and pulling his youngest sister who had never been in trouble into the mix.  She received a year and a day in a Federal Prison for her involvement in his criminal activities. Muhammad became disgusted with himself, he had already gotten use to distorting his own life, but this time his family was suffering first hand from his foolishness.  While sitting in his cell, Muhammad began reading novels to pass time, and then he came across a book called “How to Write Novels and Screenplays” and was instantly inspired. He began writing novels to escape his reality and he was good at it.  He vowed that once released, he would never return.

Author Muhammad “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is currently working on a host of novels and screenplays and looking forward to working with other authors with the hope of turning their novels into screenplays as well.

“In life, for every action there’s a reaction. Everything happens for a reason; and most people make mistakes to become well known.” Therefore, Muhammad “Itchie-Mu” is content with learning and growing from all he has experienced.

Check out his latest book, Blood Stain (click here to purchase)

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While awaiting a bond hearing, Rah-Rah is attacked in his cell by several Spanish gang members. After treatment for his wounds of war, Rah-Rah is moved to the medical floor in the county jail. That’s where he meets Venom, a known gang member from the Bronx in New York. Venom offers his resolution to not only Rah-Rah’s problem with non-black gangs, but a resolution for all blacks in New Jersey in regards to the cards being stacked against them.

After learning the history of the Blood gang movement, Rah-Rah takes Venom up on his offer to rep’ that red in Dirty Jerz. People began embracing the movement looking for that feeling of family love and bonds. Some understood the movement, and others had a hidden agenda for their new found power. In due time, murder, betrayal, and other acts of violence flood the streets of Newark, and surrounding cities.

The robbery attempt and shooting of the Mayor’s family member, and the slaying of two off-duty police officers elicits an intense fury from local and higher authorities. Because of their rage, you will see how the government uses and excuses collateral damage when they feel they are at war. Take a ride with Itchie Mu and read all about how life in the hood goes with no holds-barred.

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THE GIFT OF WORDS

Written by: Godfather

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A writer writes. Words in the mind of a creative spirit, simply MUST be expressed. Poems, lyrics, letters, novels, notes. We flip and twist; become captured by the sounds and descriptive acrobats of that which flows from our pen.

Umar Quadeer was always talented. From early on, he was spitting lyrics on the stage of name brand acts, and becoming known for his lyrical skills. A man of knowledge and wisdom, while in prison, the guys would often ask, Umar Quadeer, just how it was that he’d ended up there. No matter the options available, or the natural talent we may have, we all choose our paths, even when we don’t consciously make a selection. By NOT tapping into his talent, Umar had let himself down, and left himself to suffer within the troubling travels of his bad decisions.

From Philly, to Sacramento, and now Atlanta, Umar’s life has been a broken journey spotted with imprisonment. In fact, it was while in prison that Umar took the time to write. With 10 manuscripts under his belt, when he paroled, Umar originally tried his hand at self-publishing. However, he was quickly discovered by, Wahida Clark, The Queen of Urban Lit, when he approached her about having some books printed. She saw it. She liked it. She called. And, so the push began, shaping, Umar Quadeer, into one of the next wave of talented urban authors worthy of recognition. And, so, the journey begins.

ENEMY BLOODLINE dropped in June 2014. Now, meet and remember, Umar Quadeer, a man who’ll clearly be around for a while.

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What is ENEMY BLOODLINE about? 

Umar: Enemy Bloodline is about a Mixed Italian and black gangster named Spaz. He inherits a multi-million dollar drug enterprise and tries to carry on tradition. But, pretty women, FBI agents, and jealousy make his goal harder than he could ever dream of.

What makes your writing different than what’s out there?

My creativity and originality separates me from the rest.

Who/what were your inspirations? 

A song I wrote, called ‘5 Niggas in the Cadillac’, influenced me to write a book. The underground classic was a story from beginning to end.

Tell us about your rap history. How long were you in the biz? Who all did you work with? Any other music in your future? 

I hit the streets hard for a few years grinding my music. I did a show with the late Notorious B.I.G., but going back and forth to prison is what took me off that path. I’m working on a single as we speak.

I know you’ve acted as an extra in movies. Tell us about that. Which movies were you in? How long were you acting? Any plans for acting in the future?  

I was in this series called City of Angels. That was fun working besides Gabriel Union, she’s beautiful.

What other books do you have coming out, and when should we look for them? 

Enemy Bloodline part two is coming soon and I have an arsenal of other series coming so stay tuned!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about the business end of publishing? 

Stay on your A-game. You have to write like an author and think like a publisher.

Self-publishing. What were your greatest challenges?

There were a lot of challenges, but mainly the overall grind. Marketing, promotion, distribution and the preparation of the manuscript.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Work on your craft. Study before you dive in, and be yourself.

Marketing: Share one tip you’ve learned? 

Social media is the new stage for authors.

Distribution: Any advice there? 

Books don’t sell themselves.

Book signings: Anything in the works?

Yeah. Dec. 13th book signing, at the Cobb Center in Atlanta, Ga.

What’s next for Umar Quadeer?

Books, music, movies and clothes.

Anything else you want to share? 

Yeah. I want to think the higher power for generating energy inside my brain to be talented, and I want to thank, Wahida Clark, for giving me the chance to show the world my talent.

How can you be reached?

I can be reached easy through Instagram’s direct message.  Umar_quadeer_ on facebook and twitter.

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