Marcus Wroten

What are the titles of the urban fiction books you have had published?

the teflon diaries book 1

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?

34 years i’m a native of the windy city and proud of it i also run a small private investigation firm called fallen angel investigations were also on facebook just type in fallen angel investigations. to answer the question. I started writing at 17 as a disabled teen friends were few in high school and far between. so i found peace in books and music. that is part of the reason i started slaning as a young adult i felt if having things would make people like me more.

my mom always told me to be a writer when I was younger but i didn’t listen it wasn’t until ’08 after dealing with a near death illness that i started taking writing serious. i had to move back home and start all over. quite humbling for a grown man. she’d just bought a laptop and god told me to start writing he bugged me for 14 days I tell people it took me 13 days to listen and on the fourteenth I started writing. after nearly 3 years ups and downs financial issues and health problems the teflon diaries book 1 is done.

The main thing i’ve learned when following your destiny, is that God gives you the start and the end never the middle. though looking back there’s isn’t one thing i’d change about my life the bigger the challenge the bigger the testimony.

Do you have a special routine when you write?

prayer and music. while writing i listened to the gospel gangstas, the ruff ryders, wu tang clan, pac, biggie, and sade in that order everyday I wanted to keep as hustlers mindset while writing this book.

Then I called on some of my own life situations to make the book as authentic as possible. I based the book in Toronto and Baltimore not only because I spent so much time in both cities but I also wanted to push myself as writer. Think about it toronto isn’t a place that most of us think of when it comes to drugs. however the game is alive and well. Also I thought writing a novel based in Chicago my first time would have been easy.

Tell us more about your last book, and what are you working on now?

The teflon diaries is a trilogy I started on book 2 and it is slated for a December release. With book 1 I wanted to show how life change in an instant. that’s why I made the lead charater a know it all I had to show her how most people live in struggle and wanted to show how most people take there blessings for granted. In book 2 “hell hath no fury ” she is changed deeply and strays from god which we all do. also I feel that christians including myself have the ability to be a contradiction we sometimes forget that. that point will be made clear with the next book.

Who’s your favorite character from your books? Why?

my favorite character in the book is Phoenix James A.K.A P.J. because she wants to prove that she’s more than a trust fund kid so she has work hard for her respect as a dectective.

Tell Us Your Top Ten Favorite Books that You’ve Read

the bible, chasing Destiny, Eric Jerome, dickey,coldest winter ever, sista soulja, thug loving, vol. 1-4 by whahida clarke,snow white by ana J. the bitch series by joy Deja king. and anything by Nikki turner.

What do you say to critics of street fiction?

people will hate on anything they don’t understand. urban fiction is becoming the voice of streets. I want our youth to pick up books not guns reading can give an escape from the things people deal with on a daily basis. If we didn’t have this gift god gave us many of use would be doing other things to survive. when they stop planting drugs in the ghetto we’ll stop writing about it. It kills me how a white author can write a mystery and it’s is New york times best seller but when a african american writer does the same thing we get slammed. I’m just saying.

Why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?

because we need our voices heard and we need to focus on the gift and not the package it’s wrapped in.

What advice do you have for new authors who hope to publish their urban fiction books?
never give up.

Any final words for fans of your books?

you’ll love the teflon diaries book 1 go get.

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