An interview with urban fiction and erotic writer Noire.

Who are your favorite street fiction authors or street fiction books? And why are they special to you?

I tend to like books that have a full plot and are street-real because that’s what I write. A few authors who have caught my attention are Vickie Stringer, Wahida Clark, and K’wan.

Do you have a special routine or rituals when you write?

Yeah, I have to do it a certain way, ya know? I work a regular grind everyday so I’m up late-night banging on this keyboard and creating hot urban erotic tales. I turn up the speakers and get into my zone by listening to mixtapes and tracks by rapper Reem Raw. His lyrics speak truth to music and help my stories flow.

What are you working on now?

A lot of stuff. More urban erotic tales, editing anthologies, publishing my street elite source of urban entertainment, music projects, an upcoming line of NOIRE erotic clothing and products, and getting heavily into some film prospects.

How did you become a writer?

By accident. I’ve always been a writer but I got published by accident. It was a hook-up really because somebody read a little bit of my book G-Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale right off the computer and begged me to let them print it out and give it to their agent. I wasn’t trying to really share it with everybody, but they persuaded me and I gave in. The only reason I agreed to put out my second book Candy Licker: An Urban Erotic tale, is because of all the crazy noise that some big-name authors made about G-Spot when they got scared and sic’d their goonies on me and tried to squash this heavy competition. I’ve been rolling ever since. LOL. I guess what they say is right. All that hate can really motivate.

Why is street fiction important and why should people read it?

I’ve read some so-called urban authors that aren’t really urban at all. Just because their stories take place in a big city or have sex in them and the authors call themselves hip hop or erotic writers doesn’t make them urban or street writers at all, and real scholars of the street are not fooled when reading these books. But some street fiction really does reflect what’s happening everyday in urban neigborhoods, and those books usually have a message or a warning attached that makes them worth reading. One time I read something where this so-called top African-American reader and reviewer said that anybody who could write all the shit that happened to Juicy in G-Spot had to be straight off the streets and must have lived that kind of dirty life in order to write a book like that. She thought she was insulting me but I took it as all love because I really do know the life I write about and my readers can see that from the first page. All my books are cautionary street tales and my characters get dragged real low through the mud because of the bad decisions they make in life. I show people exactly what happens when they choose that fast, get-money, grimy life, and that’s what real street fiction is all about. I have a lot of teenage girls who email me and say they’ve learned a lot just from reading my books, and that way they don’t have to go out there and experience all of that pain and drama for themselves. To me that’s the measure of a true street tale, and the measure of my success.

May 1, 2007

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