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                         Check Out The Author With The Blissful Pen...

Author TL Bliss


Her inspiration to write comes from life and everything it has thrown at her over the past 40+ years.  She feels we all struggle with things deep within us and outside of us that intrigues our senses enough to want to tell the world about it; why not share what stimulates us and sparks our emotions through a book.  


Writing Royalty: Tell us who is Author TL Bliss? How long have you been writing?

Author/Guest:  I am a writer who loves to travel with my husband and write about whatever touches my heart.  I have a full time day-to-day job that takes up a lot of my time, but it does involve reading so that is a big benefit; I review medical records and make sure the information is accurate.  

Writing is one of my biggest passions and I am enjoying it every step of the way.  My stories can be anything from Inspirational Faith-based fiction, children's stories, to self-help/how-to guides, and not limited to any one genre.  I lie awake at night struggling with my thoughts about what to add to my current work in progress, the future works my mind tells me to start, and how to get what I have written “out there” for the world to read.

I started writing poems when I was just a little girl and short stories.  I never did much with anything I wrote other than read it a few times and then put it away.  Over the years, everything I had written was lost or destroyed, but the memories I had still lingered on in my mind.  I eventually went on to advance my knowledge in literature, as I have always been fascinated by words and the meaning they have.  

Writing Royalty: Tell us the names of your books and a little bit about them?

Author/Guest:  My list of books and stories includes:

"Poetry by TL Bliss" (Inspirational Faith-based poetry) is a compilation of 20 personal, soul bearing, and heartfelt poems. 

"Grace" (Inspirational Faith-based fiction with poetry) is a story that captures history with a sense of style.  Reliving a past while enlightening a future.  Poetry written to capture stories from the headlines, from life, poetry vulnerable to the heart.

"Juice With Me - A Beginner's Guide" (Self-Help/How-To) was written from TL Bliss' own journey with juicing.  She compiled the information into this one single book to help get you started.  

"The Magic Diary" (YA/Tween Fiction) is a short story that you are sure to like as it lightens the heart and makes you realize things are not always as they seem.  

"The Magic Diary - Its Personal" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book two in the Magic Diary series and is a personal diary, complete with bookmarks to highlight your favorite entries.

"The Magic Diary - The Bully" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book three in the Magic Diary series that shows how kids can work together to help a bully become a friend.

"The Magic Diary - Building Self-Esteem" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book five in the Magic Diary series.  An assembly is held at the school, after the principal and Becky’s teacher agree to help spread a list of ways to build self-esteem throughout the town.  

"The Magic Diary - Good Manners" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book four in the Magic Diary series.  Alex and Becky work together with one of their friends to build a list of good manners to share with the students at school.  

"The Magic Diary - The Series in One Book"(YA/Tween Fiction) contains the short stories from the Magic Diary series titled The Magic Diary/The Magic Diary - The Bully/The Magic Diary - Building Self-Esteem/The Magic Diary - Good Manners all in one book.

"The Magic Diary - Its Personal for One Month"(YA/Tween Fiction) is a personal diary, complete with bookmarks to highlight your favorite entries for one month.

Writing Royalty: What genre do you write?

Author/Guest:  Mostly faith=based inspirational, children’s, and self-help.

Writing Royalty: Tell us a little about your literary journey? Do you have any writing rituals?

Author/Guest:  I tend to write whatever touches my heart and what I feel would make a story that I myself would want to read.  I spend a lot of time researching details when I write and I try to put everything for the story into a timeline.  Now that does not always work out well, but that is my goal.  This seems to change as the story progresses, but I really try to stick with the outline I start with.

Writing Royalty:  Has this always been your career choice? What inspired you to become an author?

Author/Guest:  I have always been a reader of words and the meaning they have.  While I generally work with the medical industry, writing is my outlet.

Writing Royalty: Who is the author that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest:  There are so many wonderful authors that I am just not able to select one.

Writing Royalty: What was your most favorite book to pen thus far? Why

Author/Guest: My “masterpiece” as far as I am concerned is my book Grace.  This story has poetry in it that helped me heal from life events such as the suicide of my brother, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Newtown school shootings, and many other news worthy headlines.

Writing Royalty:  What character in your book can you most relate too?

Author/Guest:  I can most relate to Grace.

Writing Royalty: Where do you get your ideas for your characters and plots?

Author/Guest:  My stories mostly come from life.  The character names are random.  The plots and ideas are based off of different things that have touched my heart.  I try to write what I feel and this is where my stories come from.

Writing Royalty: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: I have experienced writer’s block on several occasions.  I try to write something every day, no matter what it is.  I try to figure out what is causing me to draw a blank and work around it.

Writing Royalty: If you were not an author, what would your career be? (If you have always aspired to be an author, what is your dream collaboration?)

Author/Guest:  I work in the medical field reviewing medical records.  I have always worked in the medical field and this has been my dream career.  I have worn many hats working as an EMT, CAN, owning my own transcription business, and working for other companies dealing with medical issues.

Writing Royalty: What is your five year plan for your career?

Author/Guest: My five year plan includes writing more poetry and stories, sharing more of my stories with others, and possibly even digging out stories that I have written and tossed aside for whatever reason.  I am considering attending more social events and planning more book readings and signings to bring awareness of my stories to people.  I want to travel more too.

Writing Royalty: What is a day like for Author TL Bliss?

Author/Guest: I get up; have coffee and breakfast with my husband.  Then it is off to my office where I start working for the day.  I share my time between working and writing so some days are more work and others more writing.  It just depends on my workload for the day.  After work, I have dinner with my hubby and watch some television or write.  The weekends I generally spend with my family unless they are busy doing other things, then I usually write.

Writing Royalty:  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest:  I can be found through my website at www.tlbliss.com or through any of my social networking sites.  

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authortl.bliss 

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/Author_TLBliss  

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+TLBlissAuthor/about 

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/t-l-bliss/52/a6a/797 

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/authortlbliss/ 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/Author_TLBliss 

Writing Royalty: Do you have any up and coming projects or tours?

Author/Guest:  I am currently slated to be in Folly Beach, SC and Ridgeland, SC for book signings this year and I have a page on my website that shows my 2014 calendar of events (http://tlbliss.com/my_2014_calendar.htm) that I keep updated.  

Writing Royalty:  Thank you Author TL Bliss for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.

Check Out The Author Making Them Dirty Licks In Literature

Author Peter Mack

A Talented Writer From The Streets, Isiko Cook Aka Author Peter Mack Is Taking The Urban Fiction Genre By Storm. The Author Of Dirty Licks,  A Neighborly Affair,The Seduction of Ayana Cherry ,Ayana Cherry & The Tabernacle Glorious  And Hoodsweet Is Bringing The Heat With His New Novel  Filthy...


WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Peter Mack: Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to share my story.

WRP: Tell us who is Peter Mack?

Peter Mack: I was born in Los Angeles. I come from a large family of enterprising men and women that include successful hustlers, pimps, business professionals, chefs, and artists.

WRP: Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Peter Mack: My novels best represent the relationships between men and women as we strive to find balance in our lives. It is our struggle for financial security and passion in life. Working together for a common goal and shared vision. I would say that my genre can best be described as erotic romance, with an urban element of sex, violence, money and murder.

WRP: Has this always been your career choice? What was your career choice?

Peter Mack: Unfortunately, I never had a career choice. I've always been good with words. My latest novel, FILTHY, explores the detour my life took in the summer of 1984. At that point my career choice was simply to survive, and selling dope was my immediate best option.

WRP: What inspired you to write?

Peter Mack: Well, I'd been arrested for trafficking narcotics. And while in solitary confinement I prayed to God to make a change in my life. And my prayers were answers. I wrote my first novel, HoodSweet, which was then published by Seaburn Publishing in 2007. This was written under my gov't name, Isiko Cooks. My next four novels were written as Peter Mack. I return to Isiko Cooks for my latest , most personal novel, FILTHY.

WRP: Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Peter Mack: My first two novels, HoodSweet and A Neighborly Affair were under contract. My previous novel, Dirty Licks was published by Lock Down Publications. My current book, Filthy, is a Peter Mack Presents release.

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Peter Mack: My journey has been very rewarding. I've witnessed it change dramatically. The struggle has been finding the balance between commercialism and art. I find too many artists have been fooled by the commercialism.

WRP: What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Peter Mack: My toughest experience was being cheated by my first contract for HoodSweet.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Peter Mack: Well, as far as literature goes, my best influence has been Walter Mosley. He has shown a deft consistency while exploring all genres and at the same time offering thought provoking dialogue through his narratives. Personally, it is my father was has most influenced my life. A former Black Panther, current Mensa member and all around upstanding man, he is my ideal and ultimate influence.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Peter Mack: My ritual includes marinating on a trending topic. For instance, my next release, a double novel, Nasty Daddy, introduces a transgender character and details the experiences of a group of young women who have been sexually abused by their fathers. Once I have the outline, I commit to a chapter a day.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Peter Mack: You know, John Updike, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, James Joyce, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Walter Mosley... These authors are the original Urban Fiction novelists....but they also write with a descriptive narrative that seems to be out of style for today's impatient reader. So, my pen strikes a balance between the writing of my mentors and the style of today. I'll continue to respect the art form, as it was meant to explore, entertain, and educate.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Peter Mack: I'd like to introduce topics that we are surrounded by, but fail to digest respectfully. I'd like readers to come away from my novels as if having had a thought provoking dialogue that leaves them feeling informed and entertained.

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Peter Mack.

Peter Mack: Well, I've never been up against a deadline. Because of the way I commit to my novel, once the outline is done, there is an established date for when the novel should be complete.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Peter Mack: I've never experienced writer's block. My outline is really a good blueprint. Because I only commit to a chapter a day, no matter if I finish early in the a.m. ...I am thinking of the details of the next days chapter already. What does usually happen though, is that the story will take an unexpected turn at the last third of the novel, and I roll with it.

WRP: Do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Peter Mack: Definitely. Because I use trending topics and populate my novels with strong characters that I know personally, everyone can relate to at least one person and situation being explored and expressed in the book.

WRP: Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Peter Mack: There is the double novel, Nasty Daddy, I spoke on earlier. And I do have a current novel I'm working on titled, Dope Man, that features an ex-Black Panther who fantasizes about his glory days. When he steals a load of cocaine from a crooked narc, he sets in motion events that could end the lives of his nephew, an ex-con, a stripper, and a parole officer waiting for retirement.

WRP: If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Peter Mack: www.petermackpresents.com

Publisher Questions

WRP: What is the name of your publishing company and how did it come about?

Peter Mack: Peter Mack Presents, LLC. ... I formed the company after A NEIGHBORLY AFFAIR was published. It was originally formed as a way to deduct expenses and increase tax refund.

WRP: What inspired the name?

Peter Mack: My great grandfather is Peter Mack Cooks (1889-1954) He was born in the Mississippi Delta. And after hearing of stories about him standing up to local sheriffs and his business acumen, the name stuck as real, relevant, and raw.

WRP: Why did you want to own your own publishing company?

Peter Mack: Owning my own LLC had tax advantages as well as a sense of legitimacy.

WRP: What is your company’s overall mission?

Peter Mack: To provide a home for my work and make sure I get my money in perpetuity.

WRP: Who and what are some of your titles published under your company?

Peter Mack: I've published three novels under Peter Mack Presents: The Seduction of Ayana Cherry ; Ayana Cherry & The Tabernacle Glorious ; and Filthy.

WRP: Are you currently accepting submissions?

Peter Mack: Sure.

WRP: For those interested in starting their own publishing company, what advice would you give?

Peter Mack: Know exactly what the end game is for you.

WRP: Does your company have a website or Facebook page?

Peter Mack: www.petermackpresents.com

WRP: Thank you Peter Mack for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.


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Romance And Suspense Is the Name Of The Game

Check Out

Author Tina Gayle


WRP: Tell us who is author Tina Gayle?

Author/Guest: I am a woman, author, mother, wife, and a hundred other things rolled into a living breathing person with feelings, heartaches, and a wonderful imagination. I enjoy cooking, writing, gardening, and playing golf. I spend most days in front of my computer, creating stories for my readers to enjoy. When the day is done, I eat dinner, watch a little TV, and go to bed. I love to travel and I’m working to visit all 50 states. As you can see, I not that different from everyone else.

WRP: Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense

WRP: Has this always been your career choice? What was your career choice?

Author/Guest: I started out working in accounting and received an associate degree in accounting. After getting married and having my two boys, I returned to school and received a degree in MIS. I was a programmer for years before I decided to become an author.

WRP: What inspired you to write?

Author/Guest: I started writing to prove to myself I could write. I had been creating stories in my head for years but I want to see how hard it might be to put words to paper. It was a challenge I enjoyed. I decided to devote my life to it.

WRP: Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest: Originally, I wrote for The Wild Rose Press. Then I dove into the self-publishing pool and haven’t looked back.

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest: The journey has had some bumps. I struggled for years looking for a place where I could develop myself as an author. I found Romance Writers of America and learn a great deal about the craft, as well as the business of writing. I’ve join other groups online who have help me learn more about the marketing side of the equation and writing class to continue to develop my skills.

WRP: What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest: The long wait until I was accepted by a publisher. Back when I started an authors didn’t self-publish.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: My mother, she was a very strong woman. She introduced me to romance novels in my teens and I never looked back.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: My rituals ebb and flow, depending on my moods and what I’m writing. I like to start writing and then jump to the outline phase, then back to the writing and back to the outline. Usually by the 3rd chapter, I know the entire outline and I’m rolling through the book. Depending on the book, I usually take anywhere from a month to 8 weeks. If it is a long book, it can take up to 3 months. Then I start the rewrite process, which can take a month or two. All of this depends on the length.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Author/Guest: I like to write about women and women issues. What makes women different than men? What we need to make us happy? Love and marriage is not the only things in our life, friends, family, and jobs also play an important part in our overall happiness.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest: A desire to achieve anything they want and the bone deep knowledge that if you work hard enough you will achieve your dream.

WRP: Walk us through deadline time, what is it like?

Author/Guest: As a self-published author I have a self-imposed deadline that I stick to, which some people don’t understand. The question is Why not just move it? I don’t let this happen unless I can’t avoid it. I set dates and I stick to them. If that means I stay up late or work weekends then that’s what I do.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: Not really, I did struggle when my father died. I didn’t want to spend hours alone in my office writing but I still worked on other things like my blogs. I tried my best to write a little a day and played with plots that inspired me to keep going.

WRP: Do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Author: Luckily, half the population of the world is women. We all go through the same problems and confront them differently. My stories address women problems such as wanting children, dealing with the loss of a spouse, dealing with the spiritual guides in our life. All of these things are areas we all face.

WRP: Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: I am at the end of one series-The Executives Wives’ Club. I have the last book, which I’m hoping to have out at the end of this year. It depends on how well my family tree series does. I have two more books in that series. Depending on how it goes over, I might extend it or change it into a continuing series.

WRP: What is the name of your publishing company and how did it come about?

Author/Guest: I don’t have a publishing company. I decided to publish under my name.

WRP: If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest: email me at: [email protected]

Home - www.tinagayle.net

Blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com

Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle

Goodread - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle

Google + - https://plus.google.com

Linkin - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorTinaGayle/

WRP: Thank you Author Tina Gayle for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.

G Streets Newest Hot Pen 

Author Miss Radiance 


WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Miss Radiance: You are welcomed it is a pleasure.

WRP:  Tell us who is author MISS RADIANCE?

Miss Radiance: Miss Radiance is from a small town in North Carolina. Was raised by her grandmother, found the love of writing at the young age of eleven. Not a woman of very many words, but I love writing. I am the single mother of a little girl who means the world to me, and if its God will I plan to go as far as I can in the world of literature and beyond.

WRP:  Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Miss Radiance: I write a variety of genres, the Gangsta Lovin’ Series is urban romance. Gangsta Lovin’ 1 An Epic Love Story is about Courtney Smith a good girl who falls in love with a bad boy Raphael Davis and through the love they share they’re able to change each other lives for the better. Gangsta Lovin’ 2 My Time Now is about Luke Davis the little brother of Raphael Davis who leaves the gang life to follow his dream of being a successful rapper. Through all the temptation coming his way he manages to fall in love and stay committed. Gangsta Lovin’ 3 Against All Odds is the continuation of Gangsta Lovin’ 2 and it follows Luke through his journey as he copes with losing his wife to cancer, dealing with the grief, being a single father, and balancing his fame and fortune and the temptations that come along with that lifestyle.  

WRP: Has this always been your career choice?  What was your career choice? 

Miss Radiance: Yes ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be able to use my writing to inspire and motivate people the same way it has done for me all these years. However had I not started writing I would’ve been an English or Creative Writing teacher for middle school or high school.

WRP: What inspired you to write? 

Miss Radiance: My grandmother she allowed me to use my writing as healing and to give me a voice.

WRP:  Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Miss Radiance: I was self-published for a while, now I am published to G Street Chronicles

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Miss Radiance: When I decided this was something I really wanted to do I started writing and posting chapters on wattpad.com to see how the viewers would respond. When they started telling me I should publish, I went to CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing and put out Gangsta Lovin’. About two in a half years later George Sherman Hudson found me on amazon.com and contacted me with a contract opportunity to publish with a company that had some of my favorite authors already on it and I am grateful to that and my journey still continues and will continue for as long as God will allow.

WRP:  What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Miss Radiance: The promoting and marketing is the hardest part of being in the literary world. Writing a book is the easy part, but getting your name and brand out to the world that takes time, patience, endurance, dedication, and hard work.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Miss Radiance: The biggest influences in my life right now is NeNe Capri she has helped me in so many ways, there are not enough words to explain the impact she has made in my life. 

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

MISS RADIANCE: I try to write down my characters and bios first then the synopsis then I let the characters take on a life of their own. It usually takes me about one to three months from start to finish especially if I have no other distractions holding me back. 

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

MISS RADIANCE: My writing stands out because I write to inspire, motivate, and leave a message not just to entertain. Some authors just write to entertain their readers with no passion behind it, I am not that author if I don’t have passion for it I can’t write about it.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

MISS RADIANCE : I want them to know that unconditional love still exist and if you follow your heart yours will come too and with God on your side there nothing you can’t do or achieve. 

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Author Miss Radiance, what is it like?

Miss Radiance: I just follow the deadlines the best I can, by writing everyday even if it’s just a chapter or two.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

MISS RADIANCE: Yes I experience writers block many times, but when I get like that I just take a step back, let my mind rest and watch movies or read books to motivate me and get my creative juices flowing again. Or I go back over the part of the story I was working on before I got writers block and see if there is a way I can make it better.

WRP:  Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereo-types. What are your thoughts on that?

MISS RADIANCE: I don’t think young people under 18 should be reading urban fiction novels anyway. If you look at the cover of any urban fiction novel or read the synopsis or back of the book as a parent you can clearly see that they are not something any young person under 18 should be indulging in. It is not author’s jobs to raise other people kids and we can’t stop doing what we love just because some people are too involved in their own lives to pay attention to what their children are doing.

WRP: As an African American Author do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

MISS RADIANCE: Yes there is something in my books everyone can relate too

WRP:  Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

MISS RADIANCE: I have the rest of the Gangsta Lovin’ Series coming soon, I have a new series in the works and I am currently writing books in other genres that will be coming soon as well. I also plan to be writing articles, and one day I hope to have my own publishing company. In the meantime I am just focused on branding myself as an author. 

WRP:  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

MISS RADIANCE:

https://twitter.com/MISSRADIANCE12

https://instagram.com/authormissradiance/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MISSRADIANCE/posts

https://authormissradiance.blogspot.com

https://www.pinterest.com/amissradiance/miss-radiance/

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9144201-miss-radiance

WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.



Hot New Author Making Moves In The Literary World... 

Author Taisha Demay 


WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Author: You’re quite welcome.

WRP: Tell us who is author Taisha Demay?

Author/Guest: My name is Taisha DeMay, I’m originally from New York City, but I currently reside in North Carolina. I am a US Army Veteran, married with two adult children and one grandchild.

WRP: Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: My book Love, Truth and Consequences is an interracial romance set in the city of New York about a CPA who is in love with her boss learns he doesn’t exactly share her feeling after accidently overhearing a conversation between he and another executive. Needless to say she is less then pleased and decides with the help of a friend to show him what he would be missing. Presently the genre I write would be Contemporary Romance.

WRP: Has this always been your career choice? What was your career choice?

Author/Guest Not exactly. At one time I wanted to become a fashion designer.

WRP: What inspired you to write?

Author/Guest I actually became inspired to write by an article I read called The Power Of The Printed Word I read in a magazine. It featured authors Kurt Vonnegut, William H. Cosby and two others, I forget. Anyway, it talked about how books can shape and influence a person’s life. I was so impressed I started writing short stories and then submitted a few succeeding in getting one published in Readers Digest. That was when the writing bug bit me officially.

WRP: Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest I am currently signed with RhysWorld Publishing House.

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest Initially it was the worst experience I had ever had. I learn pretty early that this industry is filled with cutthroats from authors all the way down to publishers. It is truly a jungle out there.

WRP: What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest The toughest part of my journey was getting the courage to submit a story to a publisher. I think it was the fear of rejection that stopped me, and once I got over that I stopped worrying about it, if they didn’t like it, they didn’t like it I would just move on and submit my work someplace else.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: My aunt Hortense, she was the type of person that never let anything or anyone stop

her from taking a chance. She was absolutely fearless and I adored her.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: Yes. Once I get an idea for a story I write it down. I do what I call a skeleton which is the bare bones of my story: The characters names, race, description, job description, their family etc. Then I I download pictures of what I believe they would look like in real life. After that, I began figuring out the plot, what will drive the story and the point I’m trying to make. Once I figure that out I start doing research on the occupation or career my characters have. For example, if one of my characters works in a restaurant I find out everything from what kind of uniform they’ll wear all the way down to their position and daily work routine. Usually it’ll take me anywhere from two weeks to a month to do the actual plotting and maybe a couple of months depending on the length of the story to complete.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Author/Guest: They way that I write. I try not to mimic other authors too much. I try my best to be me.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest: I want them to get that not only am I a writer but I am a lover of books. Another author once told me when I asked her for some advice to write a story that I would want to read.

WRP: Walk us through deadline time, what is it like?

Author/Guest: Once I receive the deadline date I circle the date on my calendar, and then I began plotting the overall premise of my book.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: Yes, Usually when this happens I will read over what I’ve already written so that the words will start to flow again, it always works.

WRP: Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereo-types. What are your thoughts on that?

Author/Guest: It all depends on the author and how the story is written. I admit when I was first exposed to Urban literature I considered it degrading to the black culture. I mean the stories glorified drug dealers, pimps, hoes and side-chicks. Although having grown up in urban areas and exposed to that type of life I never wanted to be a part of it and considered the writers of it uncouth and common thugs. I later changed my opinion after meeting a few writers in this genre and learned they weren’t as I thought and were really talented, these were just people telling it like they saw it and were just as hardworking as other authors in other genres.

WRP: As an African American Author do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Author: Yes, for the most part I do. I mean romance is a mixture of reality as well as fantasy. The reason people read it is because they want to escape from their lives and live through the characters in the story. Our job as the writer is to provide that escape as well as telling a good, solid story. My characters are ordinary people, they have insecurities, wishes and dreams just like people in the real world. That’s what I try to convey in my stories.

WRP: Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: My future projects would be as follows, I am planning a follow-up to Love, Truth and Consequences, this will be Miller Greenfields story, Carter Preston’s friend. Also, I am currently working on a romantic suspense story about a serial arsonist with some major issues called Through the Fire, as well as a Paranormal entitled: The Love of A Bear.

WRP: If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest: They can find me on Facebook under Author Taisha DeMay. On Twitter: TaishaDeMay01 as well as Instagram: 


Hot New Author and Publisher Making Moves In The Industry....Byron Carey

WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Author: Thank you for having me. I'm a fan of the show.

WRP:  Tell us who is author Byron Carey?

Author/Guest: I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, A proud father of two boys. I was an outstanding basketball player that worked my way into the USBL basketball league in 2002.  I am the author of Nowhere 2 Turn and I have Clouded Judgment coming real soon. My mission is to evolve from a destructive past and present the future through expression. 

WRP:  Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: My first book Nowhere 2 Turn is a urban street novel about two brothers Orlando and Bre on as they take you through the streets of Fort Worth Texas. Clouded Judgment is coming real soon.. With this book, I wanted to show readers a different side of me. It's written from an universal pen, giving your story about Devon, Christian, and Antwon. How they live a lavish life, until their radiance is soon over shadowed by their dark pasts. Money changes things and envy can make or break them. Trust is everything! Therefore who can you trust when the closest person to you are the hardest to judge.

WRP: Has this always been your career choice?  What was your career choice? 

Author/Guest: Not really! It's funny when I say that, because coming up as a youth in school my teachers were impressed with my writing. But my plan was professional basketball above all things.

WRP: What inspired you to write? 

Author/Guest: A friend of mine inspired me into writing, by telling me I should write a movie. At that point, in my life I didn't understand how. Months later, I sat down and decided to write a book. Which lead to two, three, and etc.

WRP:  Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest: At the moment I’m both. I’m signed with Chappell Publishing, and my own company, Looking Beyond Publication, LLC.

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest: Being new to the industry has its ups and downs. But I have been blessed to run into great people that has coached, encouraged, and been very supportive in my journey.

WRP:  What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest: My toughest experience would be the lack of communication and drive from the company in my earlier work.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: That would be my Grandmother.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: I truly do not have any writing rituals. I just put on my headphones and let the music take me on a ride. 

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Author/Guest: The thing about my pen is I have no boundaries. Everyone has an emotion so I try to reach out and grasp it through my pen.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest: I would like the readers to enjoy it most of all, while uncovering the hidden messages  

that are left for the readers. 

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Author Byron Carey?

Author/Guest: Sometimes deadline time can be very demanding.  So it's best to leave plenty room before the actual deadline is due. Things could happen or change.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: Of course, I have experienced writer’s block. When it comes, it's truly nothing you can do. Naturally, I'll relax, meditate, and give it a few days. If nothing else, I'll read.

WRP:  Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so-called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereotypes. What are your thoughts on that?

Author/Guest: At these times negative energy is every bit real, but a book, music, or anything of the sort should not be able to control your influence.  When it comes to the youth, we as fathers and mothers should be the positive influence in their lives. So sometimes, we need to sit down and look at ourselves.  The youth only does what he or she sees in abundance. True, blacks are stereotyped daily, only because other ethnic groups can't relate or understand. 

WRP: As an African American Author, do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Author: I write for the general public.

WRP:  Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: Clouded Judgment is my next project that will be coming soon.

WRP:  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest: https://www.Facebook.com/AuthorByronCarey

Publisher Questions

WRP: What is the name of your publishing company and how did it come about?

Author/Guest: Looking Beyond Publication Llc. I wanted to be in control of how my work will be published and give my children something to look forward to.

WRP: What inspired the name?

Author/Guest: Actually, my son came up it with the name of my company.

WRP: Why did you want to own your own publishing company?

Author/Guest:  Everything starts with a vision, and I put my all into it. By me being an Author I only felt it was right to stand behind my product.

WRP: What is your company’s overall mission?

Author/Guest: Looking Beyond your hopes and dreams to better achieve a common goal, whether it's through emotional, mental, or the gift of the pen. Every person has a right to express him or herself and present their own reality.

WRP: What are some of the current titles published under your company?

Author/Guest: My book Clouded Judgment is the first book published under my company right now.

WRP: Are you currently accepting submissions?

Author/Guest: Yes.

WRP: For those interested in starting their own publishing company, what advice would you give?

Author/Guest: Take your time and learn all you can about starting a company. It is truly a mass of paperwork and you need to have every bit intact. Other than that, stand firm on your Brand.

WRP: Does your company have a website or Facebook page?

Author/Guest:  Yes, you can follow me under all Social Media as Author Byron Carey

WRP:  If Thank you Author Byron Carey for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.


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The New Pen On The Block

Author Nicole Hill

WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog Nicole Hill, I really appreciate it.

Author: Thank you for featuring me

WRP:  Tell us who is author NICOLE HILL?

Author/Guest: I’m a mother, grandmother, wife and now I can add the title of published author.

WRP:  Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: My first book Betrayed is about two friends who have been cool since elementary school. Khloe is the loving, caring person who wants to see the good in people. Carrie is the jealous, conniving type who wants everything her friend has.


WRP: Has this always been your career choice?  What was your career choice? 

Author/Guest I always talked about being a published author but I never thought it would happen. I actually wanted to be a computer programmer.

WRP: What inspired you to write? 

Author/Guest My family

WRP:  Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest I’m published through Rhysworld Publishing

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest Unreal, a friend of mine from, high school hit me up on Facebook and asked if I had ever thought about writing professionally. She explained that she had a friend that owned his own publishing company and was looking for new talent. She put me in contact with Rhys, we talked he told me to send him the first 4 chapters of my book. I did and the rest is history.

WRP:  What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest I would have to say the toughest experience I had was being worried about how people would embrace my work.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: My mother

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: I try to write every day at least 3000 words. Depending on what I have going on at the time it only takes a few weeks. I’m working on my second book now and it has taken me longer than I thought it would.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Author/Guest: I would have to say the things I write about. The things I write about are realistic; you can see those things happening to you. I don’t write about my characters having millions of dollars, I stay away from the expensive clothes and shoes.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest:  I want them to be able to feel the passion I put into my work. 

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Author Nicole Hill

Author/Guest: I haven’t been faced with any deadlines yet.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: Yes, when this happens to me I just stop what I’m doing listen to music or watch TV. I have to get my mind off the story I’m working on. Sometimes it takes only a few hours, sometimes it takes a few days. 

WRP:  Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereo-types. What are your thoughts on that?

Author/Guest:  Everything is negative if we listen to the media. I personally don’t feel this is true with Urban fiction. Most teenagers have already lived the lives they talk about in Urban fiction. If they can read about it and see it’s a dead end situation at times that may steer them in another direction. 

WRP: As an African American Author do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Author: Yes

WRP:  Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: I just finished a book entitled Blinded by Love and I’m also working on Betrayed 2.

WRP:  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest: I’m on twitter @authornicoleh, I’m on Facebook Author Nicole Hill or they can email me at [email protected]

New Pen On The Block......

Author Derrick Thomas

WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Author: You're welcome and thanks for having me

WRP: Tell us who is author Derrick Thomas? 

Author/Guest: I'm just a guy who made a conscious decision to write about my life experiences and things I've witnessed in the streets. I don't reveal actual names and event but growing up in the project of Birmingham Alabama, I've seen a lot. It's given me a flare for storytelling and relay that pretty well through my writing.

WRP: Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: The book is comprised of three stories that all come together in an unusual way. I the first story Kanisha is spoil by a hustler named Rashard. He gives her everything she desires but there's a catch. She has to except his other woman Tammy, which she struggles to do. Angel is a young girl in the second story, who finds herself protecting the secret of someone who's abusing her. The secret becomes unbearable the older she gets and eventually everything must come to light. T-Zoe is fresh out of prison in the last story, and he's looking to make some fast money. His decision to rob again could be his last but only time will tell.

WRP: Has this always been your career choice?  What was your career choice? 

Author/Guest: No I'm just a hustler. When God closes one door, another one opens, so hear I am. I also own real estate that I use to collect rent from monthly. 

WRP: What inspired you to write? 

Author/Guest: I've noticed for some time now, that I have a knack for storytelling. I'd read other authors novels and I'd find myself imagining how i would've wrote it myself. I also have friends that encouraged me as well.

WRP:  Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest: I'm published through Rhys World Publishing

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest: I was at a crossroad and felt a strong need to re-invent myself. It hasn’t been easy making all the necessary adjustments but I'm enjoying learning more as I move forward

WRP:  What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest: Leaving the streets behind and transitioning into a author. I believe in myself but it's tough leave a world that I've been accustom to for so many years.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: My grandmother, she was the one who pushed me and taught me to incorporate God in everything I do.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: I like to put on soft jazz to relay and I don't like to be interrupted when I'm in the zone. It can take upward to six months to a year to complete a novel.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre? 

Author/Guess: I make sure the reader can visualize what I've written by painting pictures with my words. Also, my experiences in life are my truths to share in any way I choose. that can be imitated but never duplicated.

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest: I hope readers understand that there's a message in the madness. Secrets Untold will make a person take a hard look at themselves and maybe do some reevaluating 

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Author Derrick Thomas?

Author/Guest: The CEO of Rhys World Publishing and I have a great relationship so there is no deadline pressure however, I'm mindful to get things done in a timely manner. 

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: I may get stuck on which direction to go with a story every now and then but never writer's block. Right now in my career, I have so much I want to convey that it will be a while before I run out of ideas.

WRP:  Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so-called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereotypes. What are your thoughts on that?

Author/Guest: I can only speak for myself. I have an agenda to lace my writing with consequences and positive outlooks. I think if authors write with purpose then no matter how gruesome or gritty the story maybe, it can still have a positive outcome in the end. 

WRP: As an African American Author do you see your work as being relatable to a general public?

Author: Yes I do but I don't cater to everyone. I write to my own liking and satisfaction and if others can relate, cool

WRP:  Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: I've completed another novel about a young boy growing up in poverty and taking to the street to survive. He finds love and knowledge of self but not before he loses so friends and family as a price of his choices. I have a title for the novel but I'm not ready to reveal it just yet.

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Mr Write 2 Eat.....Author And Publisher K’wan

Who is Author K’wan?

-A father, a husband and a writer.

What was your journey like into the writing industry? Where you signed to any labels along the way?

-My journey was a bit unique in the way as I was not looking to get published by anyone. It was a simple case of the stars lining up properly. I was reaching out to different authors to get advice, not a deal, not a hand out. Just a few questions answered. Very few (hardly any of them) responded, and the majority that did, didn't have anything particularly encouraging to say. The majority of what I heard was "There's no market for the genre you write in. It'll never sell." So, at the time when I wasn't looking for it, that's when it came. In my queries, I stumbled across an author whose book I had recently read that was in the same genre I had written my story in. I showed her my work and asked for some tips on how to get it out. Again, I wasn't looking for a deal. When she read it, she loved it and offered to help. She gave me the option of having her shop me for a deal, and taking a cut, or signing me to a publishing house she was trying to get off the ground. I would be the first author they published. It was more or less a self-publishing venture, only I didn't have to put up any money. It would be a mutual grind. I was blessed that my very first book out of the gate was HUGELY successful, and the publisher blew up. That publisher was Triple Crown.

-I've been signed to a few publishers along the way. My first was with Triple Crown, then St. Martins Press, where I stayed for about nine years. I currently have projects with St. Martins, Urban Books, Infamous, Cash Money and I self publish my own work.

As an author, what is your writing process? How long does it take you to write book?

-My writing process is pretty simple. When the light in my head comes on, I get to it. I sit in front of my computer most of the time, even when I'm not writing I'm still waiting for inspiration to hit. This is my post pretty much 24/7

What is the average word count of your books?

-My average word count is about one hundred to one hundred and twenty thousand words, but I stopped my last couple of novels at about eighty thousand words, which people raised hell over. Readers were so used to me giving them gigantic books that when I put out regular sized books they feel cheated.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

-Yes, during my mother's bout with cancer. Those months leading up to her death was the first time I really sat down and felt the magic. She passed her gift to me.

What books have most influenced your life and career?

-Gangsta, of course. It was my first born, and the book that introduced me to the world. I'm thankful that twelve years after it was first released Gangsta still sells like a new book. If you mean books by other people I'd have to say "Whoreson" by Donald Goines. That was the book that showed me it was okay to write about where I come from and not be ashamed.

What inspires your novels?

-My mother. I never wanted to be a writer, it was her dream. She died before she could ever get published, so I'm carrying the torch. Besides that, I absolutely love writing.

Where did you get the inspiration to write Animal 1-3 book series?

-Animal was first born as a role player in Section 8, which came out in 2009. From there his legend grew to the point where it was time for him to step away from the Hood Rat series and carve out his own lane. As Animal grew across the multiple books he was in, I was growing as a writer. I think that's why he's one of the few characters who I haven't killed off yet. We kind of grew up together, so I'm emotionally attached to him.

What are your short term and long-term goals for your writing career?

-My short and long-term goals are to keep writing. Eventually I'm going to branch off into directing and writing films, but I think I'm always going to write books. I enjoy it too much, not to.

What sets your pen apart from other authors in the same genre?

-I think what sets me apart is that I come from my heart and soul when I write. It's never about money with me, though it does count. This isn't to say that I'm the only writer that writes from the heart, but we each have different hearts. My heart and how I do what I do is unique to me. Writing is like fingerprints, no two writers can write alike, even when they try to. That and the fact that I freestyle everything I write. No outlines, no well thought out stories. I just type and see where the story goes.

Do you have a specific writing style?

-I don't think I do, but I hear readers say they enjoy my murders scenes. My stories always contain very creative murders.

What is the importance of protecting your brand and the integrity of your pen?

-It's extremely important to protect your brand, because you come into the game as the underdog. Most of us writing in this particular genre are minorities who come from less than pleasant backgrounds. People already have an idea of what kind of person they think you are because of what you write about and where you're from, so when you conduct yourself like a jackass it makes them feel like they were correct to prejudge you. What a lot of writers don't understand is that this is a business above all else, and any business should be conducted with tact. Rappers gain popularity by being controversial, but we're not rappers. As writers we're all supposed to be scholars to some extent, so you don't get points for who keeps it the most trill, you get points for who has the most respected body of work. Blurring the lines between keeping it real and doing good business is why many folks find it hard to catch a break.

Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

-I want my readers to grasp the fact that I'm painting them a picture. I want them to be able to see the world as I see it through my eyes.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors wanting to get published?

-Do your homework. When you get in this game, you’ve chosen to swim at the deep end of the pool and there are more sharks than lifeguards. That hand you think is extended freely to help you up, may really trying to push you back down so you'll drown. It took me a decade to correct a mistake that I could've avoided if I had only understood what I was signing before I signed it. I'm trying to save you the grief.

What is the name of your publishing company and how did it come about?

-Write 2 Eat Concepts. This isn't the first time I put on this publisher's hat. I've done it a few times over the years, and had some success with it too. I even managed to squeeze out an Essence Bestseller, when that list was still around, so it's not a new thing for me. The thing with is that it's a thankless job. Sometimes you can do all you can to please your authors and they'll still be unhappy, so for a few years I had washed my hands with it. Then one day I got a random manuscript by an author and I liked it so much I decided to put my money behind it. While I was back, in publishing mode I decided to reach out to a few other people who had come to me over the years and it started a snowball effect. With each author, I try and teach them everything I've learned after twelve years in the business. Hopefully, when they leave me they can teach someone else. This is how we keep the cycle going and the chain strong.

What inspired the name?

-Write 2 Eat was tattooed on my hand long before I formed the company. It's like my personal mantra. I don't have a job, I write full time. My writing is how I feel myself, my family and anybody else who might be hungry at a time when I can help out. Write 2 Eat isn't really a company, it’s a way of life.

What is your company’s overall mission?

-The overall mission is to help authors avoid the pitfalls that I fell into. It’s important that an author recognizes the importance of what they're doing and do it to the best of their abilities. There are tons of talented writers out there, and more popping up every day, but some of them don't have a clue as to how to get their work out. This leads to desperate moves that can come back and haunt you. I didn't have very many people to help me make the transition, but I'm paying it forward in honor of the ones who did try and help me.

Who are the authors you have published and what are some of their titles?

-We currently have titles out, or soon to be released by Niles Manning (Convince me to Live, and Scars of Salem), Raynesha Pittman (Dog Food 1 & 2), Erick S. Gray (Gigolo), MarSean Jones (California Love 1 & 2), Kris Green (Area 47 and Wild Child), Johnna B (Wicked Deceptions), and of course my titles under Write 2 Eat (Ghetto Bastard and No Shade)

Are you a Full-time publisher?

-That all depends on who you ask. I have a very hectic schedule so sometimes it’s hard to invest in someone else's project without taking away from what I'm supposed to be doing. Until recently, with the success of Write 2 Eat Concepts, publishing was something I'd only do every few years. As I stated earlier, it's a thankless job, that comes with more downs than ups. It's more than me signing writers and selling their books, I'm working to teach them how to sell their own books.

Other than your having your own publishing house what else do you do?

-I have a few irons in the fire, but writing.

What do you feel is the biggest problem in the urban fiction genre? How can it be improved?

-I think the biggest problem is that everybody is so busy talking that nobody is listening. It’s become less about writing good books and more about hitting a bestseller's list by any means necessary. There is absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to be a bestseller of any kind, but we're losing focus on the craft. Many of us are so blinded by our own ambitions and egos that we don't see the writing on the wall. We are tearing each other and the genre to pieces and everybody is sitting back watching and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Urban Fiction was dead for more than thirty years and you'd be a fool to think it couldn't be killed again. The sad part about it is the genre is being killed by its own. It's bad enough that we are only able to reach a certain demographic with our stories, but now the readers who came up on our stuff are starting to shy away from it, because of the lack of quality stories and the minstrel show played out on social media. Until we come to some kind of understanding and work cohesively, Urban Fiction will always be the black eye of African American publishing.

What sets your publishing house apart from others?

-Honestly, I'm not sure how to answer that question. I could easily tell you what I feel sets us apart, but that would be bias. It's up to the readers, aspiring writers and anyone else watching how we move to determine what makes us different.

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Interview With The Author And Publisher That Is Taking The Literary World By Storm.....


Author Rhys Flint is from Atlanta Georgia,  and lives in northern California with his wife and family .  His Passion for writing started early.  Poems,  short stories, and plays all became an early part of his development. An avid reader,  Rhys enjoys all genres of literature , music,  and Art.  Hobbies include,  sports,  Mixed martial arts, travel and networking. CEO at RHYSWORLD PUBLISHING,  Rhys And his staff are dedicated to bringing the hottest Work Around!



MrzWRP:

Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.

Author: HI! NO Problem, thank you for inviting me, it's my pleasure.

MrzWRP: Tell us, who is author Rhys Flint?

Author/Guest: I'm a very dedicated, ambitious, relentless, hardworking Husband, Father, and Author, in that order. I am from the Atlanta area but I live in northern California.

MrzWRP: Tell us about your books? What genre do you write?

Author/Guest: My books are all different, for instance The Kross Series, which is set to be a trilogy. Devin Kross is an Atlanta attorney who is a high paid assassin. All of the characters have their own places, panache and could easily hold their own as main characters. My next book due out in February it is called Juug men, a story about hustling at its best. Juug means to double or triple the value of something due to the ignorance of the customer; making a profit without loss.

I don't put my writing in any specific genre. It comes out the way it comes. Quite naturally, most of my material fits into an urban genre, but I don't limit myself. I'm actually writing a vampire novel that's way out of my comfort zone, but I love challenges.

WRP: Has this always been your career choice? What was your career choice?

Author/Guest Writing for me started as a way to express myself. I was actually pre-med in college and wanted to go to medical school. Certain events changed my path, but I have no regrets. I have beautiful children and a moderately successful Businessman.

WRP: What inspired you to write?

Author/Guest Well, I’ve always written in one Form or other. I've kept a journal since I was twelve. I write, write write. The inspiration to write novels came from a friend who read a short story that I had written and he literally stood over me while I started my first novel. I found myself at a point in my life where I had free time write and I've been hooked ever since

WRP: Are you self-published or published through a company? What is the name?

Author/Guest I'm CEO of RhysWorld Publishing, so I publish my own work as well as the authors under my house. Some of my authors are Wolfgang Gill, Black Boi, Tristan Shakespeare, Ali the writer, all coming out in the coming months.

WRP: What was your journey like into the writing industry?

Author/Guest After I started writing, I found myself unseasoned and in need of direction. So I read a lot of books by different authors. I read different how-to books and studied all kinds of materials. I travel a lot which actually broadens my visual perspective and my way of thinking. I have encountered some amazing things in the literary world in a short time, which is why I make sure my team is always good, better than good.

WRP: What was the toughest experience of your journey?

Author/Guest Finding out that betrayal is closer to home than you think.

WRP: Who is the person that has most influenced your life?

Author/Guest: This may sound cliché, but my mom. She's the hardest Working person I know besides my wife. She molded me into the man that I am now.

WRP: Do you have any writing rituals? How long does it take you from start to finish?

Author/Guest: I have crazy writing rituals. I have a skullcap and coffee mug that I ain't write without. Theme music is Dmx, “One more road to cross. If I'm focused with no distractions, I can finish a project anywhere between two weeks and a month.

WRP: What makes your pen stand out from other authors in the same genre?

Author/Guest: My pen is on fire. The thing that makes my pen stand out is the man pushing it. I'm a never ending story, so how can it not be Hot?

WRP: What do you want the readers to get out of your work?

Author/Guest: I want my readers to really enjoy my work, I want them to laugh, cry, and get mad at me because there isn't another page to turn.

WRP: Walk us through deadline time for Author Rhys Flint?

Author/Guest: Deadline time for us means organized chaos. Final editing, double final, a lot of cussing and fussing, it always comes together somehow. I love my team.

WRP: Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?

Author/Guest: Most definitely! When I'm blocked, I'll usually exercise or train with some Meditation. That and I spend time with my family.

WRP: Urban fiction has a lot of negative press being a so-called bad influence on the youth and perpetuating black stereotypes. What are your thoughts on that?

Author/Guest: All Urban and hip-hop genres get a bad rap, mostly because they are misunderstood. How can you relate to something, you have never experienced? Urban fiction writers generally pen from life experiences. How can someone write about calamari and clams, skiing in Vermont, when their experiences are different?

WRP: As an African American Author, do you see your work as relatable to a general public?

Author: I don't box myself into one category. My life's experiences have taken me to 48 States and 7 countries so I have a lot in my head. I write what I feel at the time.

WRP: Can you tell us about any future projects you are working on?

Author/Guest: I'm working on the next part in the Kross Series, I’m also working on a vampire novel and it's way out of my comfort zone, but I love a challenge. Also there’s Juug Men 2, Juug League, it's hot.

WRP: If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?

Author/Guest: You can reach me on most social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, RhysWorld Publishing.com or just say my name loud, I’ll hear you.

WRP: Thank you Author Rhys Flint for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.


Interview with The Talented Author and Journalist Seth Ferranti..........

Author Seth Ferranti Bio: Seth Ferranti, federal prison register 18205-083, is the Gorilla Convict Writer. In 1993, after spending two years as a top-15 fugitive on the US Marshal's most wanted list, he was captured and sentenced to 304 months under the federal sentencing guidelines for an LSD Kingpin conviction and committed to the custody of the Attorney General. A first-time, non-violent offender, Ferranti has served 21 years of his 25-year mandatory minimum sentence. His case was widely covered by The Washington Post and Washington Times, and his story was profiled in the pages of Rolling Stone and Don Diva magazine. His current release date is January, 2015. During his incarceration Ferranti has worked to better himself by making preparations for his eventual release back into society. Ferranti earned an AA degree from Penn State, his BA degree from the University of Iowa through correspondence courses, and Masters from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Along with his studies, Ferranti writes about the prison experience.


WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it Seth…First I want to say congratulations on your success as an author and journalist.
Author:  Thank you, I appreciate the chance to be featured on Writing Royalty Promotions and your blog. Thanks for taking an interest in my work.
WRP : How many books and articles have you written so far?
Author/Guest:  I have seven books published to date with three more almost ready to be published and more in the works. I have probably gotten over 500 articles published in magazines and on the Internet so far with a lot of stuff in the works also. I try to stay busy and getting published has been one of my main goals. I write from the cell block and aim to bring readers into my world.
WRP : Tell us the titles of your books and a little bit about them?
Author/Guest:  My first book was Prison Stories, it’s a collection of short stories on life in prison, all true. Then I wrote Street Legends Vol. 1 and 2, which covered a lot of the street stars that the rappers namedropped in verse like Wayne Perry, The Boobie Boys, Boy George, Pistol Pete and others, six legends in each volume. My Supreme Team book was next that covered the story of Supreme and Prince and their rise to infamy in Queens, New York. Rayful Edmond: Washington DC’s Most Notorious Drug Lord was next and my latest, The Dope Game Misadventures of Fat Cat and Pappy Mason, which chronicles two infamous street legends out hip-hop’s lyrical lore. These are all out on Gorilla Convict Publications. Up next on Gorilla Convict is The Cocaine Dreams of Alpo and Rich Porter. And on Strategic Media Books I have Gorilla Convict: The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti and two gangland mystery books on Freeway Ricky Ross and White Boy Rick coming soon. All my books are true crime and I get the truth right from the people who they are about.
WRP : Tell us about your literary journey? What inspired you to become not only an author but a journalist as well?
Author/Guest: I started writing to reach out from prison. I had a lot of time and I wanted my voice to be heard. I wanted to become somebody and be recognized for my talents from here. So I started doing articles and had some success and it just snowballed from there and turned into books and more so I rolled with it. It has given me a lot of satisfaction to get my work published from here and to have been able to build a career from here.
WRP : How did you come to start writing for Gorilla Convict?
Author/Guest:  I started Gorilla Convict from prison in 2005 through my wife. We put out my first book Prison Stories and went on from there. I started doing a blog and posting content on the website and it just grew and now we are where we are at with me very close to coming home and getting ready to do it big. I have done all this with handcuffs on so imagine when I am free.
WRP : What is the difference between being and author and a journalist?
Author/Guest:  I think both are being are being a writer so it’s one in the same, an author writes books and a journalist writes articles. So obviously books are bigger projects and take longer. Articles are something you work on for a much shorter period of time. But both are a form of writing, it is just the length of time and effort you put into them that differentiates being a writer or journalist. But a lot of journalists end up writing books.
WRP : What type of obstacles did you encounter in your journey to success?
Author/Guest:  I have overcome all types of obstacles. First off being in prison and being a writer can cause you all types of problems. I have been thrown in the hole, transferred, had privileges like commissary, phone or email taken away, been harassed routinely, written fictitious incident reports, you name it. The prison officials are bullies and will do everything in their power to convince you not to write without telling you that you cannot write. Plus I have missed a lot of opportunities to advance my career because the feds won’t allow film crews into their prisons. I have had a lot of people and programs interested in interviewing me on film and the feds won’t let them in. So this had denied me an opportunity for exposure.
WRP : Do you have any aspirations of becoming a publisher in the future?
Author/Guest:  I am a publisher now of my own books and I might publish others. But I see myself going more into film and visual ventures when I am released.
WRP : What advice would you give someone that wants to become a journalist or an author that may or may not be incarcerated?
Author/Guest:  Don’t give up or gin in. Find your niche, find your market and go for it. Be relentless, be determined and keep pressing. No one is going to discover you if you don’t jump out there. Promote, promote, promote. That is the key and write. Content is king. Find your markets and submit. Submit so much they run your stuff just to be done with you and then cultivate the relationship.
WRP : What inspired you to go back to school and not only get your Associates but your Bachelors and Masters as well?
Author/Guest:  I wanted to get my education. I was in prison and I wanted to do something productive. I found some programs where I could earn a degree through correspondence courses and I decided to do it. It was a positive move and I had the time and ability to do it so I did. Education and writing became my goals. It was how I spent my time.
WRP : What lessons did you learn along the way while being an author and journalist while incarcerated?
Author/Guest: I learned to never give up and to hone my craft and to write, write and write some more. I learned to jump out there and promote my work. I learned to edit and market and publish and when I failed I tried again and again until I succeeded.
WRP : What are your future plans for your life and career now that you are close to being released?
Author/Guest:  I want to make films. I want to promote Gorilla Convict. Do appearances and interviews, all the things I haven’t had the chance to do from here. I am ready and willing to work hard. I have goals and I aim to accomplish them. I am driven and will work overtime until I attain my goals.
WRP :  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how would they do so? How can they find your books or articles?
Author/Guest:  I can be contacted through gorillaconvict.com or on Facebook. My books are available on Amazon and on Gorilla Convict and my articles are all over the Internet, Google my name and check them out.
WRP :  Thank you Seth Ferranti for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.
Author/Guest:  I appreciate it and good looking out.





The Multi-Talented Author Intelligent Allah

WRP: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview for our Blog, I really appreciate it.
Author Intelligent Allah:  Thank you for inviting me.
WRP : Tell us who is Author Intelligent Allah? How long have you been writing?
Author Intelligent Allah: Well, I’ve been writing poetry off and on since I was about 11 and I’ll be 38 on April 8th, so you can do the math. But as for fiction, I’ve been writing that for 13 years and I’ve been writing articles and editorials for about 17 years.
WRP : Tell us the names of your books.
Author Intelligent Allah: My books are Lickin’ License, which was a #1 Bestseller in Don Diva magazine and Lickin’ License 2, which got me nominated for Erotica Author of the Year in 2012 by the African American Literature Awards. I’ve also have non fiction pieces published in the books Knowledge of Self, Locked Up But Not Locked Down andThe Fourth City.
WRP : Tell us a little about your literary journey? What lessons did you learn along the way?
Author Intelligent Allah: My literary journey started in the streets with poetry and rap, but it really picked up in prison where I was sentence to 19 years to Life. I served 18.5 years of that. I’ve always been creative and into the arts, so writing has been a mechanism for me to channel that love for making and developing things. Writing has been a tool that allows me to reflect on myself, because what I write is a reflection of my worldview and my life. It also allows me to explore people’s motives and interrogate life.
WRP :  Has this always been your career choice? What inspired you to become an author?
Author Intelligent Allah:  No, with the exception of me pursuing a career in the rap game before I was incarcerated. I was inspired to become a fiction writer after taking a creative writing course in 2001, until than I had visions of writing a non fiction book.
WRP : Who is the author that has most influenced your life?
Author Intelligent Allah: Definitely Wahida Clark. That’s because we both are from the ‘hood and started out writing in prison. Also because I’ve had the opportunity to edit some of here books (Thug Matrimony, Justify My Thug and Honor Thy Thug), which has allowed me to analyze her strengths that make her books popular. The narrative of her life has been an inspiration, because she became an author and business woman while in prison an has continued to excel in society.
WRP : What was your most favorite book to pen thus far? Why?
Author Intelligent Allah: Lickin’ License. It was my first published work, so it means a lot and I learned a lot about the writing process and publishing process. But the book was very personal to me, because the characters each have some traits of mine, so reading the book is like looking in the mirror. The book is also my favorite because it is the ultimate love story, ‘hood tale and erotica book put together.
WRP :  What character in your book can you most relate too?
Author Intelligent Allah: Definitely Vanessa. I’m in love with her. She possesses the ability to live for herself in spite of what people think, she’s smart, she’s gorgeous, driven and very sensual—everything I look for in a woman. The flaw in her is she’s not sure what she wants emotionally at times. But I love her.
WRP : Where do you get your ideas for your characters and plot?
Author Intelligent Allah: The characters develop consciously and subconsciously from myself, my desires and people I know. The plot always starts with a character that has a problem that needs to be solved, or a goal to attain. From there I develop obstacles for the character, which become subplots.
WRP : Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do, if that happens?
Author Intelligent Allah: I really haven’t. I force myself to write even if I’m not motivated.
WRP : If you were not an author, what would your career be? (If you have always aspired to be an author, what is your dream collaboration?)
Author Intelligent Allah: My second passion is graphic design. I’ve been designing logos, flyers, posters, etc. That would be my primary career choice if I wasn’t a writer.
WRP : Now, urban fiction authors seem to always seem get a bad for being a bad influence on our youth. What are your thoughts?
Author Intelligent Allah: Literature like any other art form influences people. We are social beings. We need to start holding people accountable for allowing themselves to be influenced. I’m from Brooklyn, and used to run the streets of New York, and I’ve succumbed to peep pressure and social influences. But I reached a point where I took control of my life and no one can dictate how I move. I’m conscious of external factors and I choose to accept them or not. If I don’t that’s my fault. So no book, movie or hip hop song can make me do anything.
WRP :  If people wanted to get in contact with you, how can they find you?
Author Intelligent Allah: I’m on Instagram and Twitter @authorintell, Facebook at Author Intelligent Allah, Vance Burrows and Lickin’ License Group
WRP : Do you have any up and coming projects or tours?
Author Intelligent Allah: I’m working on two ebooks, Street Rules andWhat’s Beef  in addition to Lickin’ License 3
WRP :  Thank you Intelligent for taking time to do this interview, we wish you nothing but continued success.
Author Intelligent Allah: The pleasure was mine. I appreciate you providing an outlet for me to reach people. Peace

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