Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am James “TheBoos” Canteen, Jr. I was born and raised in the inner cities of Georgetown, SC and Bronx, New York. Starting from breakdancing and rapping to DJing, I’ve left my mark on the urban hip-hop culture scene. From there I’ve created Boosta Sports Apparel — BOOSTA meaning Buying Our Own Styles Transcends Awareness — as a way to raise the consciousness of the African American community about economic self-empowerment while contributing to the hip-hop culture. As a serial entrepreneur, I later created the brands ShoppingWithTheBoos, Happy Huggs, and Big Boos Thee Invisible Man, (the musical artist), all which merged into TheBoos247.
I am now adding urban fiction writer to my accomplishments. Drawing from my experience of living in the inner-city, I write to share my knowledge and wisdom with the masses.
My Young Jamaican Wife is the first book of the series.
Why write this series? My work is a collection of Urban Fiction Novellas. As a Hip-Hop artist/lyricist, I’ve grown into writing my thoughts and ideas into stories, forming books. Putting my experiences, knowledge, and wisdom into these titles has allowed me to demonstrate what could happen when marrying a younger Jamaican woman. When dating, it’s important to meet the family of your fiance. Being with someone from a different culture and cleave to you has its advantages and disadvantages — spiritual, physical, mental — all worth exploring.
I hope you enjoy the first book in this series, My Young Jamaican Wife.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My Young Jamaican Wife. Just seeing how many from other countries would go to Jamaica and chose a young bride. Not really following our American custom. Leading you to facing the possible events/hell that Jamal faced in the story. It could happen to anyone.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Toni Morrison and Langston Hughes
What are you working on now?
Completing the series and starting my Children’s Life Stories Series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Working the combination of them all. One by itself wont do it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always keep looking for new and better ways. When you don’t find what you are looking for, create a way.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Spending more time building.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Maybe learning to write plays/movies.
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?
King James Bible
Nobody Knows My Name
Notes of a Native Son