What inspired me to write the book? Its loosely based on actual events that may or may not have occurred...vague enough for you? lol When i went through my own divorce ten years i was forced to start dating again and dating in NYC is an animal of a different color. Women were able to smell my desperation and i was easily taken advantage of in certain situations so i developed "rules" to date by. Funny enough, i wrote it as a movie script first, my financing fell through, so i decided to release it as a romance novel instead. A lot of people seemed to think it was a self help book but as like i advertise "This ain't no self help book!" Although its rooted in reality i prefer fiction so that i have carte blanche to embellish.
Who designed the cover?
I designed the cover actually.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
the message is that if you're looking for love your chances of finding it are slim. However if you do you, love yourself, and give whatever it is your longing for first, it will come back to you. If you want love you have to give love. If you want attention, you have to give attention...if you seek affection you have to give affection.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Interestingly enough i've always been into the classics. Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Oedipus Rex, the Outsiders. Im also into self help: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joel Osteen, Les Brown to name a few.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
the writer i consider a mentor is my cousin Monique Gilmore-Scott. She has published several books through Arabesque and self published as well. She has always pushed me to continue writing even when i ran from my gift. I also have another cousin, Vernon Wardrick, who is self published so im fortunate to come from a creative family that inspires me.
What book are you reading now?
. I am currently reading Black Passenger Yellow Cabs by Stefhen F.D.Bryan
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I have just finished the sequel to 8 Rules of Dating which is Dapper Carter's My Life is a Movie. The tag is that in 8 Rules he was looking for love--this time he's looking for a good time! It is ri-diculous! This time Dapper is armed with a new self confidence that wasn't apparent in 8 Rules of Dating. I have also just began the third book in the Dapper Carter series Kennedy Carter's 8 Rules of Dating...what if Dapper Left Her First? This will be from his ex-wife Kennedy's perspective and she will incorporate the same rules. Lots of people felt like my rules were a bit chauvenistic so i want to show how they work for everyone, including women. After that will be Who Is Dapper Carter? which will show Dapper and Kennedy's relationship before they divorced and finally give insight into why Dapper does the things that he does. Then Dapper's Daughter followed by Dapper Carter Wuz Here which chronicles Caesar and his relationship as kiutds growing up in Newark. Im also working on an urban graphic novel Legend of D'Angelo Death and a murder mystery called La-La-Land. I have a terrible tension span and only sleep about 5 hours a night so i can work on multiple projects at once believe it or not
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
What i find challenging in my writing is that i am a visual person and a screenwriter/director first. I have penned over 12 feature length scripts. The challenge is that a picture is worth a thousand words and i pine over how to be more descriptive in my writing. Not to mention believe it or not i am kind of a prude so the sex scenes are stressful and do not come easy for me. (i'm sure you don't believe me. lol)
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Iceberg Slim is my fav author and what strikes me is his grittiness and honesty. I am a city boy having grown up outside of Newark,NJ and having lived in Brooklyn and Los Angeles as well so i identify and can clearly see the landscapes he illustrates clearly and viscerally.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I believe every person on this planet has a novel inside of them but not everyone has the discipline to sit down and write it. Pick a time of day to write (for me its between 4am and 10am) and leave something in the tank for the next day so you can look forward to writing instead of dreading the grind. Also, self publish if you can. The powers that be will criticize, dissect, and red-pen your manuscript to death. If you self pub you can say anything you want. You have to trust yourself that you know your story better than the publishing houses.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
what i would like to say to my readers is that i try to write as honest as possible and i give you the good and the bad. I call it "relentless honesty" and my mantra is that when you're real you're never wrong! Keep it 100 at all times and although some my not like you or the message you have no choice but to respect my honesty and point of view.