Q & A with Marlon McCaulsky

Marlon McCaulskyStreet Fiction recently had the opportunity to interview urban fiction author Marlon McCaulsky. Marlon was born in Brooklyn, NY to Jamaican parents and raised in St. Petersburg, FL (Da Burg) and now lives in College Park, GA. He went to school in Tampa (IADT) for Computer Animation and that’s where he discovered a love for writing screenplays. Marlon is a multi-genre writer and wrote seven screenplays before testing his pen at novels. He has said, “I don t want to be labeled as only being able to write one type of genre but Hip-Hop literature is just such an exciting genre to write!” With that enthusiasm, Marlon has written several books, including The Pink Palace, a gritty tale of sex, money and betrayal and its sequel, The Pink Palace II. Find him online at MySpace and Facebook.

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

Well I went to school for computer animation and took a class on screen writing. From there I started writing screenplays. I always read comic books and my wife introduce me to her book collection and I got hooked. I think it was Zane’s Skyscraper that got me hooked. Then I started to turn my screenplays into stories.

Do you have a special routine when you write?

A routine? Not really… Just as long as I got an idea and some soda I’m good.

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

My last book is the Pink Palace II is a follow up to my first book, Pink Palace, on Triple Crown Publications release in 2008. I look at it more as season 2 with a whole new story line that follows Nikki Bell who was in the first book. It shows her three years later with her life in a totally different spot then it was before. This book introduces us to Jasmine a new stripper that has the Pink Palace on lock. Also new to the book is Malachi Turner a powerful Jamaican drug lord who owns the club and who sets his eyes on Nikki. I wanted this book to be fresh to reader and not recycle the same stuff that happen in the first book. So you don’t need to read the first book in order to get this one.

As for what I’m working on now, I’m almost done with a book called “Use To Temporary Happiness” with my writing partner Raequel Edgerson. This story is a really drama filled with colorful characters set in Cleveland. Everybody is going to trip when they read this book.

Who are a few street fiction authors or titles that you have enjoyed reading?

I love reading Deja King. To me she’s in a league of her own. Tracy Brown, Leo Sullivan, and Tu-Shonda Whitaker are some of my favorites. So are Ben Blaze and K. Roland Williams.

Outside of street fiction, who are few authors that you enjoy?

Outside of street fiction for me is Eric Jerome Dickey. His Gideon series is so damn good. The way he describes the scenes and makes his characters step off the pages is amazing. He makes me step up my game as a writer.

Who’s your favorite character from your books?

I would say either Jasmine in Pink Palace 2 or Beata Douglas in From Vixen 2 Diva Both of them are jaded, raunchy, and are somewhat morally changed LOL… but once you get pass that mask they put on you really start to see the real people they are.

What do you say to critics of street fiction? And why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?

As for the critics, nobody is forcing you to read it. But keep on talking, you give us more sales when you tell folks what they shouldn’t be reading. Street lit is here and it’s not going anywhere. They should embrace the differences because I believe the shelf is big enough for all kinds of books from different genres.

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