My name is Tremayne Johnson. I’m 34 years young and I’m a National Bestselling Author / co-owner of TBRS Publications. I was born in New Rochelle, New York and raised by my mother. I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I started writing when I was old enough to hold the pen steady and ever since I’ve been creating. I started out with short stories and rhymes and it eventually evolved into novel writing. It wasn’t until 2006 when I became incarcerated that I had time to think about what I was going to do. I knew if I went back to the street life things would only get worse, so I wrote a story called A Drug Dealer’s Dream and let my friend take a look at it. She was amazed and suggested I get the title published. At the time I knew nothing about the publishing industry; I just knew how to write. Since I had nothing but time on my hands, I researched everything I wanted to know and with her help I decided to self-publish. A Drug Dealer’s Dream was released in 2008.
DWED: What is something that you would credit as an inspiration for your writing?
First and foremost, the Most High is the creditor to all things in existence. I also credit my mother who raised me with morals, values and principals. Beyond those two, the streets get all the remaining credit. My inspiration comes from not wanting to live in the projects for the rest of my life. As far as other works or authors, I have none to credit for my inspiration. Although I did read a lot of urban/street fiction while I was incarcerated, but I also read science fiction, historical fiction and a few other genres.
DWED: Tell us a little about My America, how was the concept for this book formed?
My America is a unique book. I developed the concept from real life issues. At the time of me writing it, I was in the middle of writing another book, but a close friend of my father, who is deceased, started sending me all this info on the Black Panther movement and that whole 70’s era with the Black Power and the Civil Rights movement. I was intrigued, very intrigued; so intrigued that I began doing my own research on that time period. The actual story just came to me; out of nowhere. I birthed the character Martin Jones from listening to Malcolm X speeches, Fred Hampton speeches, Huey Newton speeches, Martin Luther King speeches, etc… I wanted to do something different in urban fiction; something unexpected, something out of the norm. I say the shit nobody else is going to say, or put in a book. But that’s me. My America is some serious shit; for real.
DWED: What is your favorite Genre and Why?
My favorite genre to read is social science. I love information and knowledge. You can never get enough. My favorite genre to write in is street fiction, but I’m really digging this historical fiction genre. My America may have sparked something in me that I had no clue of.
There’s always reference to my life in my books. I know no other way. It comes out even when I don’t know it, it’s there.
DWED: You have done a few collaborations with David Weaver, How has it been working with him?
As far as books go David and I wrote Blood Bitches together. It’s a short story series. It’s been amazing working with him. That’s my brother. Our relationship goes further than books and this publishing industry. All we got is our word, when you live up to your word, I can do nothing but respect it.
DWED: What would you say is the most difficult aspect of collaboration with another Author?
Well, Blood Bitches is my only collaboration and working with David was as easy as it can get. I think we have similar processes when we write.
DWED: Will you be working with him on more publications?
DWED: Have you always aspired to be a published Author?
Not at all, I aspired to be a football player as a kid, a rap star as an early teen and then a drug kingpin in my late teens. Writing books was the furthest from my mind, but like I said… I was writing. Writing was always a release for me; an escape.
DWED: Would you say you are at the place you wanted in terms of promoting yourself and your work?
I’m blessed, and I’m thankful for that, but I’m my hardest critic. I haven’t done anything yet. This is just the beginning.
DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you in 2013-2014?
My next release is The Union 3 - The Finale (SBR Publications). That is being released on August 27th 2013. Three days after that I’m releasing a story called POP August 30th 2013 (BME Publications) which is a hip hop fiction novel. Thanksgiving Day I’m releasing King 3 (BME Publications) and before the year end maybe A Drug Dealer’s Dream 2 (BME Publications).
DWED: What would you say to any aspiring Authors who are struggling with taking that leap into publication?
If this is what you want, go for it. Go for it and don’t let ANYBOY tell you that you can’t do it. Do your research and write your ass off. You can never write enough.
DWED: Is there anything you would like our viewers to know that we haven’t covered?
If you’ve never read any of my books, I encourage you to go out and read one. My website is: www.tremaynej.com and all of my books are on Amazon.com available in paperback and Kindle. Thank you… Love… #KING
Check our Review of Tremayne Johnson’s My America- http://krystalmilton.weebly.com/1/post/2013/05/dwed-reviews-my-america-by-tremayne-johnson.html