Interview with Khali Raymond

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my smartphone.
Describe your desk
Well, my first desk consists of the computer, papers of things I've written and other books as well.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
To be honest, social media has been a big marketing impact on my work. Most of family and close friends can help spread the word and you know, it's like one love out there. I tell my networks that I got this coming, and the action just unfolds.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey. The things I've seen and heard of growing up, you know things about violence and all that, it pushed me to make most of my stories located in an urban setting. I use what I've seen and been through and bring that out in my stories. Being born and raised in Newark kind of gives me that scope of making things seem realistic, but at the same time outrageous. It just pushes me to do something big for my town.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was little. Can't give you no exact number, but it was a long time. I was writing them little comic books made from paper when I was in the fifth grade. It wasn't until late 2012, when I was fourteen, I started working on my first novel that actually was published. I handwrote 288 pages. That's some insane shit.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A lot of things. One, my city. I do it for my town, and I'm trying to give back to the place that gave to me. Two, the loss of my father. My father passed away when I was a year old, and growing up I didn't have a dad to teach me shit. Like, I didn't even know how to dribble a ball between my legs, man...until I got older. Three, I've been victim of bullying. Got into fights a lot and whatnot, so all of that hurt people made me feel, I can morph that into my work and those people who told me I wasn't gone be nothing can just sit back and watch as I move the world with these words I'm writing. To sum up, it's all the negative things that pushed me to be the best that I could be and to never take a break from what I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a lot of flexibility. I can set my own prices, set my own distribution channels, make blurbs, and everything. It's very user friendly and it is easy to navigate and use.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is sitting there, creating and crafting this ambitious world. To think that you start with a blank page, and there you go, filling that shit up, that's impressive. Just you know, making the characters and the plots is very fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are like family. They're the reason why I'm doing this. Without fans, I would be writing to a brick wall. My fans always find ways to support and give their input on what they would like to see, and that's some good stuff.
What are you working on next?
A lot of stuff...
More stuff than you can comprehend.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard question.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's been so long ago, I probably can't. But, guess what? That's when it all started!
How do you approach cover design?
Creating a cover...I wouldn't say it's easy, but as time went on, it's something that I've learned to do with success. I don't have to use anything too complex. My approach is minimalistic, I don't try to make things too difficult with my covers. But, I still have to make memorable designs. I design my own covers, by the way. So, I get to save a lot of time and money compared to others. Basically, I picture what I want to convey on my cover. I also use the subject themes of my book to influence the cover. If it's a story about a sullen tragedy, I'll use dark colors. If it's a mixture of many emotions, I can throw a collage or something else on there. Usually, I can churn out a cover in like 30mins time. No, I don't rush. I worked on my skills enough to get it done in that time. I will stare at my cover religiously. If it's not the way I want it, I go back and do it over. I keep on revamping it until it's the way I want it.
Published 2017-11-05.
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Books by This Author

Identity Crisis
Pre-release—available May 11, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Ever felt like an imposter in your own body, like.. looking in the mirror to contemplate if that's even you in it?
I Climb Alone
Pre-release—available May 9, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I had to cut a lot of filler from my life which is no longer needed.
Rage
Pre-release—available May 5, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
There is a Goliath in everyone. Never be afraid to unleash it once you receive the opportunity.
Sorrow
Pre-release—available May 1, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
There is a hidden meaning behind all the disdain and frustration of an artist.
A Heart Which Bleeds Art
Pre-release—available April 15, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
You must be willing to lay down your life for this art ish... it's not for the weak minded.
Back to Basics
Pre-release—available April 10, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
They wanted savage writer? Well, that is what I had to give em' with this piece right here...
Me vs. Them
Pre-release—available April 6, 2020. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Spiritual
To be real, I have a whole armada against me because of this crown sitting atop of my head...
Keen Exhausted Affectionate Naughty
Pre-release—available March 31, 2020. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Spiritual
Somewhere inside of me, there is a wolf in a cage crying to be let out. That will soon be the case.
Artists At Work
Pre-release—available March 25, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Do not come by right now. We are currently busy crafting something new that the world must see.
Eight, Six, Two
Pre-release—available March 20, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Places
Who do I do this for? Newark, Brick City - 973, 862. Stand up if you feeling me.
Final Exposition
Pre-release—available March 1, 2020. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
I never thought that I would hear myself say this, but... I'm walking away from writing books for a while.
Maliki & Me
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 9. Pre-release—available March 1, 2020. Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 48,950. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
In Maliki & Me, the story of Maliki Raymond and his son, Tali, will give you a furbished look of what it means to be a man.
Twelve Years A Student
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Are we really learning anything in the American school system? I don't know. You tell me.
Pineapple Vodka Please
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Bust out the vodka from the cellar and pour me something. Spark me a joint, too. I wanna talk to ya.'
Nostalgia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
There was a time in life when Khali Raymond wasn't savage writer, or whatever fancy ass name that I came up with.
Success Syndrome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
The biggest downside of being an overachiever is when you underachieve.
With Love, Nothing But It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
To receive love, you must first give it. It's what I'm doing at this moment.
Loneliness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Success can be great, but it can also be alienating. I got a story to tell for this one.
Chuparapabra
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop, Poetry » American poetry » African American
This game is filled with rappers that have no talent. Well, it's time to start plucking out the rotten apples of this bunch.
You're Nobody, Til' Somebody Kills You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A wise man once said that you're nobody until somebody kills you. I wonder how he's doing up there...
Write It on the Wall Again
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
I am writing on the wall... again. I want you to see what I am up here doing.
Força da Mulher 2
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I am back again with some more poetry. I really want to talk more about the strength in women, show my appreciation for them.
S.O.S. Part One
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 8. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,640. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In S.O.S. Part One, Dylan "Cubert" Witherspoon has spent the last twenty years in federal prison after he was betrayed by his boss in a bank heist that went awry. He is now free. What is Dylan looking for? What does he want to achieve now that he's no longer in prison?
Eternal Master
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I am the master of my own destiny. I am destined for greatness. It's what my spirit longs for.
Lost Over Liquor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Alcohol ain't nothing but the devil's urine. Trust me, I know firsthand.
Heroes Without Capes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
You don't know. You just don't know how much writing has saved my life.
Exhibits of a Tortured Artist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Can you hear the cries? Can you feel the fatigue? Can you sense the trouble impending?
Alive On the Outside, Deceased On the Inside
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Just because I look fine, that doesn't mean I am. Why don't you have that conversation with me?
Rejection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Rejection doesn't stop savage writer. Come on, you should know this by now.
Sad/Heartbroken/Love
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I guess the only person I got in this world is me. I see that now. It is truly me against the world, no Pac.
Slay These Demons
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
It's torture having these things take me over. No more, no more, no more.
Night
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Nightfall has arrived. The time of the "day" where I can truly blossom. While you're sleeping, I'm writing that real.
Day
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Good morning, smell the coffee. Make the donuts, get the car ready, get to work on time.
Khali v. Khali
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
The most dangerous adversary that I ever came into contact with... was myself.
The Poet Will Lie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,980. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I've been over this, so I'm just going to keep it short and simple. Perfection doesn't exist. There is no such thing.
Chosen Few
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I have been designated as the one. I don't know how to explain the feeling, but I just feel like I was sent here to accomplish something...
I Shed Tears For 400 Days and 400 Nights
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
I wish that I had money for every time a tear or two or three or ten or fifty dripped from my eyes...
Belo Sofrimento
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Spiritual
It's okay to be broken. It's okay to be in pain. One day, you will be fixed. You will heal. Have faith in your manifestation.
Abandonado
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
You may have left me behind, but that's all right. You're gonna regret ever counting me out from anything, you damn peasant.
Moving On
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Whoever hurt me, I forgive you. I won't speak to you ever again. I won't love you how I once did, but I forgive you. Live your best life. I just hope that you've learned from your mistakes.
Doubt
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Everyone who never wanted to believe in me, thanks. Because of you, I was able to come this far.
Mewtwo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
When they know that they can't control or outwork you... they try sabotaging you. They talk about you behind your back.
Long Live Savage Writer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » American poetry » African American
I will live on, even after my death. Once you cement a legacy, it will stay for good.
Newarkharrisonkearny
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I been all over this city, writing and spitting. I gotta slow down for right now, you know...
Faces
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
I'm learning how to humanize everyone, even the people that I dislike. At the end of the day, we're all human beings. None of us are perfect.
Blood of My Blood: Second Drop
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
The blood may fall, but it don't fall like these tears do... it doesn’t fall like my tears.
His World Returns
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,710. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Khali's world has opened up again. Come on and take a step into it.
Baggage 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
Despite what anyone says, these poisonous thoughts never left. I still feel worthless.
The Collective: Book of Poems IV
Series: The Collective, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Khali Raymond is still holding it down this year with another entry to "The Collective" series.
Dreams We Could Never Buy: Part II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Apparently, there are still dreams out there that our currency couldn't buy. What are those dreams?
Obsession: Unfinished Business
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 7. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,520. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Just when you thought it was all over, Zaria returns to wreak havoc. In Obsession: Unfinished Business, she's not coming to negotiate with anyone. The only thing that's on Zaria's mind is... revenge.
Endeavor One Hundred
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,160. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Khali Raymond's hundredth book. It has been a long road for him to reach this point.
Secludedness
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Isolation, deprivation. Drowning in it like crazy. Get me out of here.
Quavering Hymns
Price: $2.30 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Nature is calling your name again. Are you ready to answer the call?
1998.
Price: $2.30 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I'm bringing you some more poetry straight from the heart, since that's all I'm good for nowadays. Right?
Wot in Khalitarnation
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Wait, what? For real? Is this really the real deal? Huh? What mate? Come on!
Zaftig & Company
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
It's going to be a long night, lovely. I hope you're prepared for what I'm about to do to you.
KyŨryokuna
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
I am greatness, I am power. I am the reason you continue to come back for more.
Scotch & Poetry
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Time to sit back and take a sip. I got some more poetry for you, too.
Voice of the Brick City
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Newark, New Jersey. The city I do it for. The only artist out here who has written so many books of this magnitude that's from this place...
Thy Time of Your Life...
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Places
Come on this journey with me, I know exactly where to take you. We're going to have the time of our lives.
8:43
Series: Hourly, Book 6. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 11,060. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
This is it. The climax of the Hourly Series is here, the largest entry of the series yet.
Continue
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
No matter what happens, continue grinding. Continue pushing yourself.
Year of the Goat
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
This is my season, the goat season. It's quickly approaching. You better brace yourself.
Xerothermia
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I can feel the flames scorch my skin. Oh, how I love it. Man, this heat is making me sweat. Sexy. How enchanting.
Animo Insanis
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
They ask me this sometimes... Raymond, why you acting so crazy now? To tell you the truth, I been crazy. I'm now showing you how crazy I can be.
Ready 4 Afterlife
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 8,040. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
I no longer fear death anymore. You can never fear the inevitable.
Hate.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,940. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
This ain't over, not at all. I still have some more things to go over with you all. Sit down, please.
Luv.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I had to take some more time to give you my all through verse. I had to open myself up in these poems that I wrote, so you can get to know me better.
I, Poet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I have managed to emerge from the sidelines once more to bring you words that cannot be shaken off, or ignored.
Dreams We Could Never Buy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Were dreams ever meant to be sold? Were they ever meant to be advertised? Did boys like us deserve to get ahold of those dreams?
Eloquent Penz
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Inks from the pen are responsible for bringing abundances of life to literature.
Vocalic
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Vocalic, the molecule of a vowel. Once you vocalize something, what does it give you?
Khaliesque
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Khaliesque, noun. The style of a writer that cannot be halted by any obstacles known to man.
Ghettophonics
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Do you still listen to cassettes? Did we get so advanced with technology that we left these relics of knowledge behind?
7:43
Series: Hourly, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Another hour has fallen upon the earth. Are your clocks set for this next collection of poems?
Dreams Immortalized
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Dreams live on. It's your obligation to keep each of them alive. They're immortalized.
False
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
What views do you have that conflicts with mine? Any similarities between our disparities?
True
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
What is the difference between you and I? What do you say is true? What is not?
Aphrodisiac
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Words which shall relax your soul and take you on a trip to never-ending ecstasy. This is... Aphrodisiac.
Lone Seat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
This bench is looking quite cozy. Oh, never mind. There is a couple cloud gazing next to me...
6:43
Series: Hourly, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
The next hour is upon us and we have managed to awaken to our true purpose.
Space Is My Limit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Another limit has been reached. Open this book to see how high you can go.
Nature's Essence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Mother Nature takes on the form of a being with complex thoughts and emotions...
For Ya' Sake
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
This is for your own good. You'll need it more than I ever will...
NR: The Collection II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics, Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop
The Collection has returned with nine new songs from my catalog.
NR: The Collection I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop
I discovered another series of songs that I penned over the years.
The Collective: Book of Poems III
Series: The Collective, Book 12. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
The Collective: Book of Poems III encompasses the story of Stella, a woman who is forced to make a choice in her volatile relationship.
Motivatitry
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Feel the essence of a drive with this collection of poems by Khali Raymond.
Raymond’s Optimism
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
It's time to look at the glass as full. Place all doubt aside and change your mind.
All In
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Are you willing to take a dive and put everything on the line?
Untitled: The Story of Sixty
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,830. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Having sixty books published, Khali decides to tell you the story behind it all.
The Lost Songs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop
Through the crevices of time, I bring you a few meaningful gems that I've kept hidden.
Archived Essays of Khali Raymond
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 21,720. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Today, Khali has went into the deep crevices of his archives, digging up an intense selection of gems that he will drop for you today.
Lust to Lust
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Lust, noun. A strong sexual desire. That word is about to have a whole new meaning.
Jadeous: Lost Poems of Mine
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
I have dug through my laboratory and found some hidden gems today.
Fake
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Behind every handshake and smile lies manipulation with an ulterior motive.
Real
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Mirror mirror on the wall... who do you think is the realest of them all?
Hood $lang
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Listen to the lore of the streets through its characters residing there.
Favelas & Ghettos
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Welcome to the other side of the city you never knew existed.
5:43
Series: Hourly, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
The time has turned on the clock once again. Prepare yourself for the next hour.
The Fire Any Time
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 26,850. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
Khali has come around with The Fire Any Time, an concise opening to racial inequality and self-sabotage in America.
Write It on the Wall
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
What's your story? Why don't you write it on the wall like everyone else?
Ink to Ink: Spoken Word 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
Get ready to cry some ink with a brand new set of spoken word pieces written from the heart.
Best of Nineteen
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,040. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Nineteen years of life. How does Khali celebrate it? With a book, that's how! Check out this compilation as Khali Raymond takes you down memory lane with all of his works.
Throne
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
I have risen to the plate and made my decision to inform the kingdom of my opulence.
Raymond's Room
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,620. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Here is the room behind closed doors that no one knows about. I fight all of life's battles here.
Força da Mulher
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Força da Mulher, a translation of women's strength through verse.
Baggage
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » African American
This isn't something you could just lift with a finger. You shall bear witness to the troubled soul of a revolutionary artist who carries enough weight to strain a back...
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: The Uncontrolled Thoughts
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,260. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Here it is. The fifth and final entry in the Collective Thoughts series that's under the Angry Black Teenager moniker. As Khali says goodbye to his adolescence, he brings you the strongest book in the series so far.
Poems Totems: Letters, Love, and Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Since 2017 is coming to a close, I thought that I'd send you off with a soothing ballad...
Eyez of Lyfe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » African Poetry
Is it that difficult to see life through my lens? Put on my shoes and walk in them?
The Collective: Songs
Series: The Collective, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop
Plug yourself into these lyrics baked in this newest entry of The Collective.
Blood of My Blood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Do we come together because of the lust or do we come together because of the bond?
Dear Father: Broken Down
Series: Broken Down, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » American / African American
The third entry of the Broken Down series has come to the fray.
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: Broken Down
Series: Broken Down, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » American / African American
With another entry to the Broken Down series upon us, Khali will be going through Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager.
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: The Melankhali Set
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,160. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence
Khali Raymond compiles all of his material in the Collective Thoughts series and puts it all into one book. Read through Books 1-5, including a few extras for the fans!
Letter to My Future Self
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
Someday, I am going to thank myself for all the work I've been doing to ensure my success.
His World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,590. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Welcome to a new reality. Why don't you just slip your shoes off and get comfortable?
The Collective: Addictry
Series: The Collective, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Addiction is a serious problem for many. Perhaps this piece could breed more awareness to the issue...
4:34
Series: Hourly, Book 2. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » American poetry » African American
The next hour has fallen upon us. Grab your belongings and come on this journey.
3:43
Series: Hourly, Book 1. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,330. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
3:43. What is the significance of this time? One would know once their hearts are opened...
Behind the Pen 0.5
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,180. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Khali goes back into his vault once more, digging up a series of journals he has written in throughout his early adolescence. He pieced together every single stitch to bring you "Behind the Pen 0.5."
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: Still F'n Angry
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence
Nothing will be held back in this newest iteration of the Collective Thoughts series.
The Collective: Speeches
Series: The Collective, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,220. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem, Poetry » American poetry » African American
Prepare the podium. Your keynote is now approaching the stage to present.
The Collective: Book of Poems 2
Series: The Collective, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
Are you woke? If not, that alarm clock is about to go off because the sequel to The Collective: Book of Poems is here.
Farewell, East Side
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence
Graduating from high school is a significant achievement. The next level of life begins from this point forward...
The Collective: Vividtry
Series: The Collective, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,690. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » African American
In the biggest entry of the series yet, Khali Raymond has brought you Vividtry.
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: Raymond's Rampage
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence
The voice of rage has taken on an integral role in this return to the Collective Thoughts series.
The Collective: Twisted Poems
Series: The Collective, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
Prepare to be dazzled by a collection of gritty and egocentric poems.
The Collective: Newer Poems
Series: The Collective, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Another day, another poem to read and start it the correct way. Put your rose-colored glasses on and vibe.
To You, Girl: Broken Down
Series: Broken Down, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating
Prepare yourself for a full breakdown of To You, Girl, an important piece of work in Khali Raymond's bibliography.
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager: Rage Revisited
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence
The sequel to Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager is here. Khali Raymond is angrier this time.
The Collective: Next Series of Poems
Series: The Collective, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Khali Raymond is packing a multitude of punches in another one of his anthologies, expanding upon his sincere and uncut style.
The Collective: More Poems
Series: The Collective, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Delve deep into poetry once again. Keep your ears and souls open because Khali is bringing you more of it
The Collective: Book of Bars
Series: The Collective, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,290. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rap & hip hop
The second entry to The Collective arrives at your desk with a series of Hip-Hop lyrics.
The Collective: Book of Poems
Series: The Collective, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Enter the first entry of The Collective as Khali brings you a series of poems from his desk to yours.
Forlorn Swords: Spoken Word 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Brace yourself to feel the might of a pen. The power lies within the sword of transcription.
Reflections of the Pen: Spoken Word
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Spoken word will remain supreme in this project by Khali Raymond. Prepare to reflect with intent.
Ghanport's Finest: A Fine Christmas
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,500. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Ghanport's Finest is back again. A year after the events of "Ghanport's Finest," the newest power controlling the State of Ghanport must defend their position at the top of the hierarchy and save Christmas from being ruined forever.
Dear Father: A Heartfelt Letter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting / parent & adult child
In Dear Father, Khali pens an open letter to his father who passed away in 2000.
To You, Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating
Did you ever fear approaching someone you had a thing for? Were the words there? What about the confidence?
Collective Thoughts of an Angry Black Teenager
Series: Collective Thoughts, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Khali Raymond is back with a short project that'll open your mind to a profound contemplation of society.
Behind the Pen
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,410. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Behind the Pen encompasses the story a young man who used writing to discover his life's purpose.
Ghanport's Finest
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 185,510. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
One of the most diverse and influencing urban tales on the market, "Ghanport's Finest" is a novel that anyone can laugh to, cry to, and smile at.
The Ballad of Sidney Hill 2
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,150. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The story of Sidney Hill has yet to end. He is required to step up and tap into a side of himself that no one has seen before.
Obsession
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
When you're the man who has it all and you meet a woman who has it all, what could the outcome be?
The Undocumented Struggle
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,650. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
From the author that brought you The Ballad of Sidney Hill comes another gripping tale where the criminality is once again at a boiling level.
The Ballad of Sidney Hill
Series: Ballad Universe, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,390. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Ballad of Sidney Hill follows the tale of an eighteen year old male who was forced out of his hometown of Flagha, Florida.