Adrian Mallory

Author Website

www.versatile-publications.com

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

Corrupt Injustice: Art of Deception

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

In my early school years I use to approach my writing assignment from an angle that kept me engaged and therefore put forth my best effort. Through college I was encouraged by my English Professor to pursue writing but I didn’t view it as feasible. I wound doing three years in prison so with time on my hands and not really feeling alot of the books I was coming across I set my pen in motion now several years and books later it’s time to see how the people will recieve it.

Do you have a special routine when you write?

Absolutely as i find it neccessary to find a comfort zone so I can really go in. The odd thing about it is that I established my comfort zone in prison with limited space and resources but infinite time. Now when I write I have to keep it in that element. No phones, no computer (handwritten), my work space is tight and confined like my cell cubicle, then it’s just me, my notes, pencil and pad and defintiely some hip-hop, reggae or r+b music to zone out and zone in.

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

Well I have two seperate series that I have previously written but after reviewing book deals I decided to pursue the publishing end and put my work out myself. My company Versatile Publications is all about diversity in reading so first up is my Corrupt Injustice series. Book one Art of Deception revolves around a charismatic and flamboyant Sean ‘S-Dot’ Williams modeled after Will Smith’s Mile Lowry character in Bad Boys as Sean is prone to capitalizing off unique opurtunites. Next up is my Squad Up series. Book one Takeover is Immenent is as powerful and explosive as the name sugests. At the request of the ladies who have read my material I am currently working on my next books which will be in the Erotic Genre.

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

I have a character by the name of Trife in my Squad Up series that’s definitely not to be reckoned with but my favorite would be the aforementioned S-Dot. This is ‘Mike Lowry’ the hood version as he takes being a cocky and arrogant playboy detective to next level as he utilizes the badge to fund his lavish lifestyle. Book two Hell In The Streets his veil of secracy is lifted and the streets is pissed and they at his neck hard body but he doesn’t shy from it but embraces his ‘wanted’ status.

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

Teri woods collection
Al-Saadiq Banks collection

What do you say to critics of street fiction?

Walk these urban jungles and realize why we write what we do. It’s what we see, It’s what we know. That said if in the priveleged position to reach the masses we as authors (though not entitled) have a sense of obligation to depict it accurately including the negative outcome which many options we choose to get money lead to. My aim is to entertain, educate, promote creative expression, and evoke anylitical thinking. I have blogs and social media outlets where I encourage people to become self sufficient and go for theirs. This is our outlet to reach other and books are no different from the movies cause even animated kids movies have some degree of scrutiny.

Why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?

Besides the genre being high in demand this is America land of free. Freedom of speech, expression, and choice so if they’re an unbiased entity then they should provide the material that all of their customers seek.

What advice do you have for new authors who hope to publish their urban fiction books?

Before you go to starting your checklist and spending money based of their experience you need to research, research, research before you even begin and fine tune it to your situation. The publisher role is a whole new ballgame from author so you will have to map your time out accordingly between the two role but the publisher will take precedense so you will have to mentally and physically commit. Expect to have to deal with the unexpected, know that your budget will change as you get into various phases. As self publishers we get a bad rap and get hated on by the industry due to our genre. You can combat this by making your company and book resemble an established one by getting your book professionally edited and designed. For further aqdvice and encouragement you can check versatile publications out on facebook or my blog specifically designated to my trasition http://fromblock2boardroom.blogspot.com/

Any final words for fans of your books?

Just be patient it is a process to publish as many people either are eager for my next book or want me to publish theirs. I’m still mapping it out, refining and learning from my mistakes but in due time I hope to accomodate bith requests.

Much love and respect
Adrian L. Mallory

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