LaFredrick Burns


As the author formally known as LaFreddie b, LaFredrick is a native of Clarendon, Arkansas my family migrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin after my parents separated in 1988. I grew up in what was considered the worse part of the inner city in the early 90's. In school, I was always considered a good student but I hated English. I hated everything about it, reading novels, writing essays and term papers. I especially hated the while adjective/adverb thing. And being an author was never on my list of "when I grow" things. However, even when I felt that I didn't understand anything in my English and Literature classes, I'd always surprise myself with B's and C's when I thought I would get D's and F's.

After graduating from Washington High School in 2000, I went on to University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to major in Business Administration. I returned home at the end of my first semester to be with my family after they stuffed a house fire Thanksgiving weekend. I entered the work force at 19 full time in hopes of one day returning to college to complete my degree. It was while I was at work one day that the author bug bit me.

When I first starting writing Long Distance Relations I never thought that it would morph into a book. It was just busy work, something to help pass the time on those long boring days that I had little to no work to do. After printing it out and sticking in a box for years with little to no intention of publishing it, I ran across it after the real story behind LDR changed. After spending some time reflecting on that story and how the real life story turned out, I realized that this was a story that so many people can relate to. I self published with a print-on-demand company in September 2009. Now after a lot of dissatisfaction with that experience, I'm currently in the process of republishing LDR on my own with prayers of building my own publishing empire helping others achieve their dream of adding "published author" to their resume.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the escape from reality for a moment. I get to be my characters and live in a different world for a while. I don't have to deal with my everyday life even if it is just a fantasy I can only visit until i put my pen down or turn off my computer.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Many of them have been with me since I was just share my thoughts there myspace blogs and cheered me on through the entire publishing process for my first book. Without my fans I would have never been able to take moves that I have to advance my career.
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Where to buy in print


From Within
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Poetic expression of heart felt emotions during a time of tragedy, crisis, heartbreak, and rebirth. LaFreddie B lays it all on the line as he shares his real emotions during a very dark period of his life. Putting those raw emotions to poetry reopened wounds of the past thirty years of his life for total and complete healing.
Long Distance Relations
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 46,970. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Dwayne Garrett from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Caroline Jacobs from Toledo, Ohio met as high school summer interns in Chicago.

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