How did entrepreneurship find you?
I feel that it was a natural process in that I really had no choice but to start my own publishing company when I became a self-published author years ago. Once I got used to the tasks and responsibilities that came with my new found venture, I began wearing the entrepreneurial badge with honor and dignity. I did not set out "wanting" to be an entrepreneur; but through my platform, I "had" to be one.
What inspired you to become an author?
I stepped into the literary game as a poet because at the time, I needed to bolster up my platform and gain more visibility for my performance abilities. My authorship was my megaphone. I was blessed to have my work distributed all over in various formats. That said, as time went on, my publications evolved from poetry to fiction short stories, to eventually full fiction novels. I think becoming a published author is one of the most effective means by which your literary talents can be illustrated. However I feel the most important thing for people to take note of, is your evolution and maturity as a writer over the years.
Tell us about your books.
I have a total of five books.
My first two books are books of poetry. The Looking Heart contains about 150 original pieces with subject matter spanning from motivation, love and feelings, politics, and a special odes chapter dedicated to famous people. The second, Rock & Fire, is strictly about love, romance, and everything in between. It entails 100 original pieces of poetry.
My third book is one of transition in that it was my first stab at fiction. Wretched Saints is a book of spiritual short stories co-authored by Assuanta Fay Howard. 16 original short stories that basically speak about what happens when so-called "good people" engage in not-so-good activities.
The Whiskey House Trilogy encompassed my next round of publications, of which two books have been released with a third on the way. The first in the series, Curse of the Whiskey House, is a page-turning, and very shocking fiction thriller whose setting is in a fictitious Central-Alabama town called, Lazarus. With the molestation of children on the rise in the south, it is up to Detective Brock Taylor to save Lazarus from
the curse it created. There's a reverend by the name of Jackson Jones who is one of the main catalysts of the curse in that he uses an old whiskey house for so-called church activities. The follow up to Curse of the Whiskey House, Viral XGressions (Transgressions), is a continuation of the high intense drama and action. Only this time, the curse has morphed into and even more catastrophic nuisance in that it has gotten into the technology used by the town. The question is, in this sense, does Jesus even want to save Lazarus? The third book of the trilogy, Ghost of Ace Honeycutt is currently being written and should be released later in 2020.
At what point did you realize that you had what was needed to be successful?
It wasn't until years later when I ultimately realized the power of consistency. Once I was able to process and grasp the effectiveness of the aforementioned, I could then say I knew I had what it took for success. The picture was very clear when I began to look at success as a working process and not just a thing. When sculpting a statue and just say it takes ten years, every day you work towards the finish line, you are a successful sculptor. Why? Because the final product is NOTHING without the process.
What other authors do you admire/respect and why?
There are honestly too many to name. It could really get into the hundreds. Hard to start and hard to end this list. But I admire the timely and historical works of Alex Haley, the creativity of Charles Dickens, the profoundness of Maya Angelou, the deepness of Edgar Allan Poe, the versatility of Alice Walker, and I can go on and on.
What has been the most memorable moment regarding someone's comment who read one of your books?
Several years ago a lady in North Carolina who was a Cancer patient at the time, purchased my book (The Looking Heart) at a reading and read the entire book that same night. She said the poetry really moved her. Unfortunately, she passed away not too long after that. I was very sad to hear that. But at the same time I was elated to know that she was moved by my work. I thank God for that.
What advice do you have for someone seeking to publish and become an author?
I would humbly suggest that they do their research on self-publishing as well as traditional publishing and understand the ropes of each process. I think it's imperative that each aspiring author understand the nature of the beast with which they will be dealing. It's not just about finishing a book, it's about being able to maximize off of your writing potential while being placed in the best position for success. I would also add that being patient is a must because the process of publishing and refining your best literary voice can be time consuming; but it's worth it.
Where would you like to see your literary career take you in the next five years?
Being that my literary work has transformed my brand into that of a speaker, writer, and producer, I'd like to be in a position where not only people are hearing my "literary voice," but they are hearing my real voice in a high-level voiceover production capacity.
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