Hello Ericka. Let me thank you for having me here. My debut book is titled Secret Society and it's about a group of seven young boys growing up in the hood who one day hope to get out and change their living conditions. They have dreams of becoming rich as many do in the hood but not the necessary skills to go about it in a legit way. Therefore like so many growing up in the urban areas they take the hustling route to bring about this change.
2) I noticed that your story is set in Miami is there any particular reason you chose that city?
Of course there is. I chose the city of Miami for several reasons, one in particular because of the many stories that we see on the news where drugs are being smuggled on a daily basis. Miami is famous not only because of that fact but it's also a place where the rich and famous hangout. It's also a very diverse metropolitan city where everyone just blend in. I thought that this would be the perfect place or setting to build my story around. My book is not one dimensional and I think that the city of Miami compliments it and the plot.
3) Being the new kid on the block what are some of the ways you market yourself to get you and your book known ?
I really believe that the best marketing tool is first and foremost by word of mouth. You see people love to talk about the latest happenings and what's going on around them. So when people, especially people that you 're acquainted with, begin talking about me having a book out it's like for real?! Yeah it's true. But I also try and use the social media that's accessible to most of the world. If you can get those on these websites to view your comments or whatever then you are tapping into those that you would hope to reach. These are people that don't know you personally but can become to know you through your works.
4) Okay! Let's talk reviews as an author we need them have you ever had a bad review? If not how would you handle it and how could you turn that negative to a positive?
Well to be honest I don't know yet if I had a bad review. lol. Being a new kid on the block I'm still pushing my product to become like those who came before me, very successful. I would take it on the chin Ericka and keep trying to improve. I'm fully aware that I can't reach or please everybody. There will always be someone who just don't dig what I'm laying down, it's natural and apart of life. However, I believe that every knock is a boost so I will use it as motivation to step my game up to where the number of doubters will decrease instead of increasing.
5) Tell me something about Larry know one knows?
Wow! Let me see here I think that everybody knows everything already lol. No just kidding. I'm a true romantic! I love to surprise my woman with just the littlest of things. To bring a smile to her face with something I did gives me great pleasure. Some may look at me and say "damn he's mean" I hear it a lot. lol. But in fact I'm a sweetheart, a loving and caring guy, you just have to take the time to get to know me and not what you may have heard.
6) What made you decide to write Secret Society and what meaning were you trying to get across when you wrote it?
I initially started writing to past time while incarcerated, I write a lil poetry too. When I start writing Secret Society I wanted it to be different than the other urban novels that I've read. I wanted it to have a different twist to it. So I begin thinking about other books that I've read and I used themes from this fascination that our people suddenly has with the Illuminati. This is and always will be a secret group despite what we've heard. My book is based on a secret group that only the members know about, if you're not on the steering committee then you have no knowledge of what's going on. That's a message that I was trying to get across, at least that's one of them. The readers have to go actually read the book to see my other intentions. lol
7) What should we be expecting from you in the future?
I have a desire to do many things but in particular I will continue to write and of course a sequel is coming sometime in the near future. Also I'm looking forward to doing a collaboration with a very talented and gifted woman but I won't name her at this time. Ericka I want to turn this book into maybe a dvd, a movie you know? The sky is the limit with me and my vision is very broad.
8) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Just stay hard at work and whatever you say you're going to do just do it! Never let nobody place doubts into your mind because doubt can turn into disbelief. Remember as a writer in this fiction field you can create whatever you want, the only boundaries that you have are those that you place on yourself.
9) Before I get to my last question is there anything in general you would like to say ?
Let me first and foremost thank Allah for giving me the opportunity to even put one word to pad. Without Him I am nothing, I can do nothing. So Praises due to Allah The Most High! I again would like to thank you Ericka for allowing me to sharing my thoughts on this platform where many will have the opportunity to see and hear what's about to come up out of the small city of Racine state of Wisconsin, stand up! Shout outs to my entire family too many to name you all but y'all know I represent y'all. My Queen Mother your Son has made that transition, I absolutely adore you, Dad I love you and I now understand. My children Larry Jr., Larrice, NeyKeaya, NeyKaiya, Romero and La'Vaya Ellison this is only the beginning. I love and adore each and everyone of you, know that! My Boss Lady, Octavia Barker love you girl, we almost there. Bounce Back Nation we in the building no doubt, let's get 'em!
10) Give us a Hot snippet from your book.
Stutter texted Airport on his phone that read; BLUE! Airport smiled. This is going to be fun, he thought. Detectives Rodriguez and Jones was told to go to a joint called, The Cabana Bar and Grille. Upon entering the joint, they scanned the place looking for a familiar face, but recognized no one. Airport sat a booth in the rear and waved his hand motioning to them. "Who the fuck are you?" Rodriguez asked. "I'm the man that holds you and Jones' lives in the palm of his hands. Please, have a seat gentlemen and let's reason," Airport said displaying a sly grin. "Who are you exactly? What do you want from us?" asked Jones. "I'll allow you two to call me Airport and you two now work for me. You see, y'all have been shaking down D-Boys, prostitution rings, and every other criminal element in this city. You've eaten off us for way too long, but that shit is over as of now," Airport threatened. "Listen you young ass punk! I've been doing this since you were a snotty nose lil' boy. Now you think you can blackmail me!" Rodriguez said. "You are right about one thing, y'all have been in control since I was a kid, but now I'm in control," Airport snarled, "You old guys don't have any ambition, goals, or any sense of direction. Therefore, us young punks, as you said, are now taking over. Now y'all listen carefully, you have a choice. Either, you work for me or you and your dumb ass partner career's are over," Airport threatened, "The city of Miami would love to see y'all operating as so called police officers, with y'all crooked asses." Rodriguez and Jones began shifting in their seats. "The nigga's y'all have extorted and sent to prison would be happy to see y'all come to prison. Don't you think? Detectives, you are currently fucking with a different caliber of nigga's than what you're used to dealing with. I'm cut from a different cloth and both you fuck boys know and recognize it! Now that we got the formalities out of the way, what are y'all going to do detectives?" Airport asked. They both looked at each other and then back at Airport. "We now work for you," they said in unison. "Good, very good," Airport said with his sinister grin.