Interview with Lawrence Parker, Sr

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in the 6th grade...
What is your writing process?
I just sit down and write lol...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes... It was the Bible, and not the one in English translation, and it scared the crap outta me, lol...
How do you approach cover design?
1st I put a bunch of pics together, then I just sit down and create it...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible because it guides me... Block Life because it's my first book... Coldest Winter Ever cause it was the 1st book that I could relate to... LL Cool Jay's 1st biography because he inspired me... & Dark Decisions by Contel Bradford because he reminds me of Donald Goines... Milk In My Coffee by E.J. Dickey deserves honorable mention as well because he was the 1st to show me another side of this literary game, and Zane cause I like her... imagination, lol!
What do you read for pleasure?
Rap lyrics...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle fire
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Don't know yet, still learning...
Describe your desk
A marble and brass dining table lol...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Detroit Michigan, Z8NE was the neighborhood that housed the MoTown studio, it influenced my entire book...
When did you first start writing?
6th grade
What's the story behind your latest book?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IL8TY7I/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money, and people with fake promises...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Don't know yet...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A chance to get out the hood and give my kids a better life...
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything... and words cannot express my gratitude cause LORD knows I'm just a regular guy trying to make it...
What are you working on next?
Block Life II... It's 4 parts in all & each part is better than the last.... I also have an Urban Science Fiction novel I'm writing about the Rapture entitled Players. Be looking for that real soon too...
Who are your favorite authors?
GOD... Vickie Stringer... Noire... Contel Bradford... Sista Souljah... E.J. Dickey... Zane... Nikki Turner... President Obama... & Myself
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
GOD, another chance to get it right, my children, & money!!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In a recording studio, writing & producing for R&B or Hip Hop acts; or working on my clothing line... I stay working. I'm trying to build a brand!!!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By searching the categories that I can relate to...
Published 2014-04-01.
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Books by This Author

Block Life
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 36,230. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Teezy, an average 17 year old kid from Detroit, is about to have his life take a bizarre turn when he inherits his father's shoes. He & his best friend Romeo end up on the ride of their lives when they are thrust into the drug game, only to have it spin outta control when a cop gets murdered. Will history repeat itself? Or will Teezy and his friends survive a war with Detroit's Finest? Block Life!