Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?
I was born and raised in Dallas and discovered a passion for writing as a child; I remember changing the words in certain songs to make them my own. I started off writing urban poetry but it just wasn’t fulfilling enough so I challenged myself to write a book and before long I had written three.
Do you have a special routine when you write?
I don’t think I would want to call it a routine, it’s more like a process. After I get that to flowing, everything else falls into place. I always know what I want to write about even before I begin.
Tell us more about your last book, and what are you working on now?
“Treacherous” tells a story about three women their men and the lives they lead. They are all very deceiving of one another. A lot of lies and acts of betrayal are circulating among them and it starts to unfold when some one sets out for revenge. I am currently working on “Misery Cries Loud” a street lit novel that is one of my personal favorites because it’s based on certain events in my life. Then I will began working on “Bitter Sweet” part -two of “Treacherous” which will also be a short story.
Who are a few street fiction authors or titles that you have enjoyed reading?
I have certainly enjoyed books by Sister Souljah, Teri Woods and Wahida Clark. Reading their work made me realize that I shouldn’t care what anyone thought of my writing style; it taught me how not to give a damn about that type of criticism. For me street fiction has always came natural, it felt right. I loved being able to bring the reader into my world, into my neighborhood. I had so many of these stories in my head I wanted to tell. I didn’t want to write about flowers and dandelions in some grassy knoll somewhere. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s okay for some but it just wasn’t me. I wanted to write about something that was a part of me.
Outside of street fiction, who are a few authors that you enjoy?
I also enjoy reading Eric Jerome Dickey, and Stephen King. I will read anything that steals my attention from the very first page.
Who’s your favorite character from your books?
I would say Tangie. She’s level headed, and strong willed. She’s me.
What do you say to critics of street fiction? And why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?
To the critics: There are many different readers out there, there are people who secretly enjoy reading what they know the next person wouldn’t otherwise approve of. In other words, street fiction is for everybody it’s entertainment that even you can enjoy, it’s up to you to give yourself a chance to do so because street lit is growing whether you like it or not. I think that librarians should be educated on how street fiction is rapidly going places and if you’re not on the train when it arrives in your town then you will simply be left behind, and trust me you don’t want to be left out on this.
Rayn is the author of “Treacherous.”