Roll up the partition: Where does artistic responsibility begin?

I’m a fan of Beyonce. Was a fan, until her latest album permanently turned me off and unplugged me from fandom. Hardly a “hater,” but I disagree with its direction.There’s no artistic responsibility there — meaning, I won’t take my preteen niece to a Beyonce concert (not like I was itching to do that anyway). ThisContinue reading “Roll up the partition: Where does artistic responsibility begin?”

What’s the toughest part about self-publishing?

Last month, me and Kemya Scott of Phisco Marketing held a Social Media and Self-Publishing Facebook Chat. There, a chatter asked me, “What’s the toughest part about self-publishing?” That was a few weeks ago, and I still don’t have a better answer than, “it depends.” Where do you want to go as an author? IfContinue reading “What’s the toughest part about self-publishing?”

I’ve been followed, too

If you’re a minority, you might have one of these stories. Thankfully, mine doesn’t end with a bullet. During my freshman year at Morehouse, I hung out with a group of about 11 other young men. We hailed from different parts of the United States – Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Georgia, etc. One day,Continue reading “I’ve been followed, too”

Selling that makes sense

My wife and I used to have a Multi-Level Marketing business. Yup, we were in one of those. But, I did learn one, valuable thing from it: the need to create methods of making passive income. Passive income = money you can make in your sleep. I met a self-published author once who insisted she “liked the hustle”Continue reading “Selling that makes sense”

The point of pricing

I’m an advocate of indie publishing, if you didn’t know. Here’s one BIG reason: price points. Most authors don’t control their price points. If you go through most self-publishing companies, that means you too. Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and yes, e-books. And it’s about to get worse. In one of my Facebook groups, I asked the e-readerContinue reading “The point of pricing”

Sometimes, the best closure is worth waiting for

Anything you regret doing or not doing in your life? I’ve got two. Here’s one of them: In 1992, I attended an out-of-state funeral. Until then, I rarely knew the deceased. My cousin Lizzie died; the one with a mustache who always wanted to kiss me on the lips. That’s not the regret, though IContinue reading “Sometimes, the best closure is worth waiting for”

First look at The Anarchists!

Thanks for your support of my work! Below is the ARC version of the Prologue and first chapter of The Anarchists. NOTE: If you have not read The Lost Testament (and intend to at some point), you might not want to read this. Enjoy! PROLOGUE Bound at the feet and hands, Noor straightened his posture.Continue reading “First look at The Anarchists!”

Characterization: real people with real issues

How do you write real people with real issues? I write inspirational fiction and shy away from calling it “Christian fiction” because of the genre’s tendency towards squeaky-clean people or the other side of the spectrum: wrong-side-of-the-tracks bad boys or girls. My preference is for a multi-cultural cast of characters. They have screwy childhoods andContinue reading “Characterization: real people with real issues”

Let love in or shut it out? You decide.

How do you move beyond the pain to start a fresh relationship? I’m knee-deep in Isoke: a character I’ve known for about a year. Isoke’s background is littered with issues. Her mother, Hawa, left the family to pursue a calling greater than the responsibility of a family. When Hawa was present, she berated Isoke, whoContinue reading “Let love in or shut it out? You decide.”

Turning back the clock

Last year, my wife presented me with a wild idea for a science fiction book. I’m not a devotee to the genre, but I LOVE Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, and H.G. Wells, among others. Some of my favorite TV shows were sci-fi: Smallville, Quantum Leap, Sliders, and No Ordinary Family (yeah, I know that last one wasContinue reading “Turning back the clock”