Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: Norfolk State University
Briefly: Author of Baggage Check, A Cold Piece of Work, The Truth is in the Wine; former journalist. Founder of National Book Club Conference.
Favorite Read: The Wake of the Wind by J. California Cooper
Author Crush: It would have to be Ms. Cooper.
Up Next: My next novel releases July 2014, The Old Man In The Club. I’m contracted to write my seventh novel for 2015, Seize The Day. There are other projects in the work, too, so it never stops. And that’s exactly how I like it.
Who was the first person to make you aware that you had some exceptional writing and storytelling talents?
My English teacher at Douglass Jr. High in Southeast Washington, D.C., Mr. Overton, was the first to encourage me to write. He suggested journalism, and I fell in love with the profession and went on to become a sports journalist for more than 25 years at The Washington Times, New York Newsday, New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. My career in journalism led me to writing novels. The years of telling stories for my career was critical to my transition to a novelist. I already knew how to tell a story, but I am granted far more latitude with writing books because I can create facts, places, story lines, themes, scenarios…As a journalist I told stories based on facts. To be able to create the facts is almost exhilarating.
You promote the life out of all of your books, from appearances on major networks like NBC to book tours. How can new authors who haven’t yet gotten the platform that you’ve acquired, get media attention?
It is a tough road, no doubt. The first and best way to garner attention and supporters is Continue reading