Interview with Little Jo

Introduce yourself:
I am Mr. Anthony B. Hall aka Ant Low-UNI. I was born in Metropolitan Hospital, Manhattan on June 6th, 1974, to a single mom, deceased pops-and raised in NYC. I say NYC because I have roots in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the South Bronx (you could add Queens if you include Rikas Island).
What was it like growing up?
Terrible and too long in the telling, but everything dark you could imagine poverty, hunger, abuse, neglect, crime, prison, danger, you name it. The greatest book I'll never write.
How did your Father die?
He was murdered in Central Park (Drug Related). He was only 17 years old at the time.
Did you always envision yourself as a writer?
No. I'm an activist by nature with a tremendous hero complex, probably predicated on that past i just alluded to. Don't worry if you are looking for me, I'm in my poetry. Writing suits me in a way because I have a creative imagination, right now writing is the only way to express it.
Why Ghetto Demonz?
Plato plagiarized his mythos for a reason. Having an ethnic connection to these myths have tremendous psychological importance. It says that you are great or destined for greatness because you descended from and therefore are connected with greatness. I've noticed that stories referring to Black mythos are traditionally whitewashed. If you want a different showing you must flip the script.
What is the story about?
Without spoiling it for the reader you mean. In technical terms its a spiritual incarnation story, or a reincarnation of the Gods if you will. It meshes the theological story of Iblis (Satan) with the Egyptological Osiris-Isis Story. The God/Spirit Reincarnates in the form of a young modern ethnically diverse young male growing up in Queens Bridge. But really the story's about humanity and the lower nature that lies within mankind humanity's demons.
Is this your first book?
First book published, second book written, but my personal favorite out of all the books I wrote.
How many books have you written?
Seven and one screenplay.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
I want to thank everyone who've supported me. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it made you think. Your support will make all things happen. i love you, and I'm grateful for the haters and procrastinators-F.U.2
Do you have anything you would like to add?
Thank you to Little Jo Company for lifting me, and all the hard work you put in. And be on the lookout for "Rucc" Randy Hall's Autobiography. It's capital O-fficial...Peace!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a sexual short story to a lady friend for Valentine's Day.
How do you approach cover design?
I delegated it. A lovely affiliate is responsible.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Alchemist, Standing by the Scratch Line, Swan Song, The Wheel of Time series, and Brotherhood of the Rose. In general, I love reading because it allows me to disappear from a world where I don't fit in. I identify more with characters than I do actual people. Characters are reliable. People always disappoint.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy mostly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Unfortunately, my present predicament doesn't allow the pleasure.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still exploring this-because based on my predicament, I am forced to use contemporaries, nevertheless, I believe the best approach would be through social media-attempt to accumulate as many followers as possible, offering them an opportunity to become apart of the project-maybe they will decide to advertise your project on their pages as well.
Describe your desk
Orderly. Just a typewriter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the bowels and shadows of the greatest metropolitan, yet life as been no crystal stare. I am a statistic in the realm of statistics. The worst of the worst-abuse, poverty, homelessness, single parent, and worst of all prison. As a child, I suffered almost every slight imaginable, danger being chief among them. I am a phoenix from those ashes with a pen as my sword. I am not a slave. I am a gladiator who has what it takes to save future generations from an ounce of the hell that I was forced to endure. But it all starts with a single letter of the alphabet on an empty blank page. It becomes a legacy.
When did you first start writing?
In J,H.S. I really didn't understand why teachers kept pushing me towards it. It wasn't something that naturally peaked my interest. And having terrible handwriting, it was the last thing I thought I would actually be good at. But destiny has a peculiar way of selecting what we do in this life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a compelling and exciting story about the reincarnation of Iblis (one of Lucifer's attributes), but it's really about the lower nature that lies within human beings. Iblis does not believe that mankind deserves a place in paradise, because humans tend to succumb to that lower nature, and thus would eventually contaminate paradise. So God challenges Iblis to live as a young man growing up in Queensbridge, where Iblis (Sean "Pretty" Madison) finds himself forced to deal with all the circumstantial challenges that certain humans face. Not remembering who he truly is, Pretty finds himself befriending an enemy, where together they are forced to fend off the whirlwind that seems to be coming at them from all sides.
Published 2016-07-09.
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