King James

Author Website

www.undergroundpublishing.net

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

Freedom is Not Free
Bayou City Blues
Tangled Webs
The Collection
Urban World

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

I got started writing while I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. I kept a journal about my day to day events while overseas. I saw a lot during the war and I wanted to write everything down. I soon decided to write fictional stories. I decided to write about the city I grew up in, which was Montgomery, Al. I wanted to talk about the city I grew up in and the streets I used to run in.

Do you have a special routine when you write?

I put on some good rap music when I want to write. I usually listen to Big Krit, some Young Jeezy, or whatever can get me going. Usually I’m up writing late at night. I guess my ideas start flowing around that time.

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

The last book I wrote was Bayou City Blues. It’s the second Rashard “Stone” Williams mystery. The story takes place in Houston, Texas and it deals with the streets. I’ve got all kinds of streets gangs and a ruthless Mexican drug cartel in this story. I kept it pretty realistic with what is actually going on in H-town right now. I think the fans of Freedom is Not Free will really enjoy this book.

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

My favorite character is Rashard “Stone” Williams because I put a lot of myself in this character. I used a lot from my own life to create this character.

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

Never Die Alone by Donald Goines
Eldorado Red by Donald Goines
Monster: The Autobiography of a L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur
Freedom is Not Free by King James

What do you say to critics of street fiction?

Street fiction has been around for a long time, even before it got the title “Street Fiction”. I think life gives a lot of people different experiences. A lot of young people deal with the streets at some point in their lives. I think these type of books give them a chance to express themselves. I think these books are just as relevant as the classics because they deal with real life.

Why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?

I think they should be purchased because these books deal with real life. I think these books could get people who do not usually read a chance to start reading. I think once they start reading it will expand their minds to all types of books.
What advice do you have for new authors who hope to publish their urban fiction books?
My advice to new authors is to put it out there and believe in yourself. I think if you took the time and dedication to write a book you should follow through with it.

Any final words for fans of your books?

I plan on putting out some more books with Rashard “Stone” Williams. I also plan on creating some more legendary characters. So sit back and enjoy more from King James.

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