Interview with Adisa The Bishop

What do you read for pleasure?
I truly will read anything for pleasure. I Normally though, I read books about chess history, philosophy, and any ancient text I can find. I also enjoy reading business and technology books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the Kindle. I do love it. My kids love it. To see all the ways that technology is evolving to enhance reading is amazing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think a blend of Twitter, FB and good old fashioned getting out and talking to people have been the best. I love people. I love sharing my ideas with people. So, this is a fun time.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I write in my phone and email it to myself. As I right this, I'm sitting on the couch watching Blackish. I write almost in every scenario BUT a desk. I'm an odd person.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in San Francisco and I grew up in the suburbs of San Bruno, CA. It influenced my writing a great deal. My mother has always been a voracious reader. Reading was my first escape into the world. Later, in the seventh grade I wrote and essay that my teacher did not believe I wrote. I did write it. My mom had to call him and verify I did it. I still have that essay. It was the first proof that I could write.
When did you first start writing?
In high school. I interviewed Eazy E, shortly before NWA was formed. He gave me my start. This was long before all these rap magazines existed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
About ten years ago, I created the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. We are a 501c3 nonprofit and we teach kids about life strategies via chess. Few know that chess is celebrated by rap more than any other form of music. So, its about how that connection and what we can do with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The day I wrote my first article on Eazy, I knew I wanted to write. But really, I was bitten by the writers bug in the seventh grade.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I cannot imagine my writing without Smashwords. I did a few books before, but I did not understand the digital space at all. With the help of some good friends and an open mind I'm learning more and more everyday. I love it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is simply sharing an idea that connects with someone totally unlike yourself. I love the feeling of having said whatever you wanted to say without fear. I also love the anxiety of wondering what people will think of your work, if anything at all.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are simply everything. That anyone takes the time to read anything I write, is amazing. Every once in a while, a person might see me and say "I really love your work" or they will tell me about an article I wrote and how it opened their mind up. It still blows me away.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be about Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is called The Cloud Scroll. It is based on a white paper I wrote a few years back called the Iron Hook Scroll.
Published 2016-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 50,270. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap and hip hop, Nonfiction » History » Modern / General
Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess is a history book about hip-hop, chess, and martial arts in America in the 1970s. As someone who worked with hip-hop musicians in Compton and established the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, Adisa (The Bishop) is an expert who presents stories and draws insights from that time.