Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I usually describe myself as a man of many parts because I’m an award-winning journalist, author and blogger. Actually, I was once a weekly contributor to The News Journal of Delaware. And that was in my capacity as a member of the paper’s Community Advisory Board. Also, as a social commentator, I have contributed to journals, anthologies and newspapers across the world. I am in Bear, Delaware (United States).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book, which I just finished editing and publishing is titled, The Temptation of Fate. It’s a tale of some naïve teenagers and ignorant young adults who tempt fate with their rebellious attitudes. These youngsters are never prepared to take responsibilities for their actions because they think the world owes them something. And they are inadvertently encouraged by parents who do not know the difference between parental love and negligence.
There is JESSICA WEATHERS, a 17 year-old that cannot wait to be free from an assumed parental control. But when fate finally presents her with “independence”, she is too overwhelmed to handle it.
LAKEERA WATSON, in her own case, is a 16 year-old teenager who thinks all that glitters is gold. Due to her ignorance and naivety, she gets easily lured into sex by her mother’s boyfriend. But the mother, in spite of her reckless indiscretion, has “been there, done that” and will not want a case of history repeating itself.
ERIC TURNER is a 23 year-old young adult who rises up through “thick and thin” in a notorious Chicago south-side neighborhood to become a health care professional. He however commits some moral and legal blunders that threaten to derail everything, for which he has worked.
MARY MILLER is Turner’s mother. She is a strong woman that struggles against all odds and stereotypes to ensure the emancipation of her kids from a ghetto existence. But when her son suddenly appears to be on a downward spiral, she springs into action not only to save him from going to jail but also to avoid his relapse into a life of doldrums.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I derive my writing inspirations from all aspects of life and based on what goes on in my immediate environments. And since these inspirations can come at any time of each day, I usually go about with pieces of paper for me to jot down stuff and this include when I go to bed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m inspired by Toni Morrison, John Grisham, Wole Soyinka, Robert Ludlum and other great story writers.
What are you working on now?
A collection of stories.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The social media, Blogs and words of mouth through family members, friends and colleagues.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
They need to balance perseverance with their enthusiasm lest one hurts the other.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That I should never rush to give up.
What are you reading now?
The Man Died by Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate in Literature.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep working on my current manuscript.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
My book, The Temptation of Fate.
A Time to Kill by John Grisham.
The Man Died by Wole Soyinka.