Today, we are privileged to have an interview with author King De’Kari. King has written the Gorillaz In The Bay series and the Tears of a Gangsta series in the urban fiction genre, and has also just released the suspense/thriller novel, Dirt Bag.
Recently, I got in touch with King on Facebook, and he kindly agreed to answer the following questions.
Where do you come from and how has this place influenced your writings?
I come from the Bay Area of California. I was raised in an extremely poverty-stricken environment. This made me want to strive for something better. Writing was a way to escape my reality, and it opened my mind to the many possibilities in this world.
This blogger: You sound like an extremely motivated person. Good on you for using your writing to find a way out.
You have written 7 books since the backend of 2018. That is phenomenal! You are prolific, King. Do you have a word target each day? And how do you maintain it?
I don’t have a word target. However, I do have a page target of ten pages per day. It’s sometimes difficult to maintain, but I make it my business to stick to my routine and write throughout the day to meet my target.
Your first book, Gorillaz In The Bay: Neva Die, received many excellent reviews on Amazon. Well done! You deserve it. What three things inspired you to write the book/series?
That answer is simple: life, truth, and the pain my surroundings growing up brought into my life.
How does your second series, Tears Of A Gangsta, differ from Gorillaz?
Tears of a Gangsta is the prelude to Gorillaz in the Bay. The main characters in Gorillaz in the Bay had just come home from prison. In Tears of a Gangsa, the story begins three years prior to them being released and what happened to them in prison.
This blogger: I didn’t know that. I have just bought your first book in the Tears of a Gangsta series, and I am looking forward to finding out what happened to these characters in prison.
Out of all the characters in your books, which one is the most like you? And how?
Voorheeze is the most like me. He is about safety and security; ready to fight and defend if necessary to survive, but he has a big heart like me.
This blogger: Those sound like great qualities, King.
After reading your books, what would you like people to take away from your stories i.e. what’s the moral to them?
When people read my books, I want them to realize that LOYALTY is one of the key ingredients to success for any group.
On your website, you write that you would like to write books in genres other than in urban fiction, which is what your above-mentioned two series are in. What genres would you like to write in most?
Suspense/thriller and drama.
If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self, what advice would you give him about the writing process?
I would have to go all the way back to when I first started writing short stories as a child. I would push myself not to give up on that dream like I did many times before writing my first book (that was published). If it weren’t for those times giving up, I would have been a published author long ago.
This blogger: Good advice! Writing is tough, and it’s easy to give up. For your sakes, I am glad that you returned to it.
In your opinion, what is the hardest part of the writing process?
The hardest part of the writing process is formulating what I want to say and how I want to say it.
How has writing changed you as a person?
Writing has made me more creative as a person, with a more creative view.
This blogger: Yes, writing has that ability. Its wonderful that writing has unlocked that side of you.
Are you writing another book at present? If so, could you please tell us a bit about it?
I am currently writing the BBO Club. A book about a group of friends (women) that are strong and powerful.
Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your books?
When I first started writing I thought I had all the answers. I am learning so much more as I go. I am connecting with many friendly people that are willing to help and support me.
My books are fiction, but there is some truth in every story. The characters in my urban books made a lot of bad choices. They fell in a trap that a lot of people in poverty fall into due to lack of money, love and support. This is true in real-life, but with love and positive people in your life, it can make a difference. Also, people can change!
This blogger: I like what you say a lot. You sound like you have learned a lot since you started writing (and publishing your books). In time, you should go into schools and be a motivational speaker.
End of Interview
That brings our interview with author King De’Kari to a close. I would like to thank King for his time, and that I wish him all the best going forwards.
You can purchase King’s books, including the Gorillaz In The Bay series, the Tears Of A Gangsta series, and his suspense/thriller novel, Dirt Bag, on Amazon (here and here). If you enjoy or would like to try out Urban fiction (as I am doing) or enjoy reading thrillers, then check out his books. The reviews have been excellent.
Otherwise, like King on Facebook; follow him on Instagram and Twitter; and visit his Goodreads page and his website. That way, you can keep up to date with him and know exactly when his next books is going to come out.
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