What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, being that "Cold War" is my first book, I haven't much experience in book marketing techniques. However, social media, word of mouth, and discussion boards are really proving their worth.
What do you read for pleasure?
I honestly rarely read for "pleasure". That's the time I use to watch cool movies. I mainly read to feed my curiosity, educational purposes, or to simply unwind.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban New Jersey. It's a very quiet, accessible, and affluent place, in most areas. With that being said, I've had access to almost any piece of literature if I really wanted to indulge. That and the four seasons are pretty cool. I miss the winter in the northeast.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at age 15. I was a sophomore in High School and played guitar in a punk rock band. I wrote my first song while in that band, titled "Going Away". It's somewhere in the deep nooks and crannies of the internet, somewhere.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Cold War" was nearly five years in the making. Starting around summer of 2011, I began to become very interested in where I, as a black man, as a human being, came from and where I fit in this world. I was 21 at the time. Those studies led to me reading countless books, editorials, watching numerous documentaries, and making my own conclusions as to why certain things have continued to hinder African-Americans from truly tapping into our potential. This book is the most concentrated offering I can give. If I hadn't kept it at the most primary aspects, it would have easily been three times as long.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing myself in ways vocal communication can't achieve.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. And that's beyond writing. Fans of my music, film work, and now literature, literally make me happy. And I mean that.
What are you working on next?
That's a secret. *Hush*
Who are your favorite authors?
Shakespeare, Eldridge Cleaver, I've yet to read any Clive Barker, but his work intrigues me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, friends and future wife and kids.
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