About “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales”:
“Los Angeles Tymez” features three tall tales of urban grit that mix sex, drugs and game like a Molotov cocktail.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales”?
Big Tray Deee: I wanted to challenge my creative writing ability. Being a strong, solid male figure, I decided to step outside of myself and into the mental and emotional realm of what I imagined to be that of an everyday female stripper.
Anthony Barrow: I gained the inspiration to write this story from the things I have experienced in life, along with seeing the lack of urban books that are based from the West Coast. We have a story to tell. (read more)
JP: What sets “Los Angeles Tymez” apart from other books in the same genre?
AB: The authors of these short stories have lived the life that is written in the collaboration. Within our stories, we are able to take the reader on a journey that they can relate to.
BTD: Though I always begin writing a story with the primary aim being to entertain readers, my innate proclivity is to do whatever I do well makes me always focus on giving my featured characters a soul, so to speak, while weaving a tale which is both intriguing, yet at the same time believable. (read more)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Los Angeles Tymez” getting out to the public?
BTD: This is actually one of those recurring questions that I was asked during the release and promotion of my first novel, “Streetz Gon’ Cry”. And as I said then, I’m certain that my being a platinum-selling Rap artist garnered the attention needed to capture interest in Mr. Barrow (my co-author on both books) and my manuscript.
AB: Persistence, motivation and determination. (read more)
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Los Angeles Tymez”?
AB: This was my first piece of work ever, so it took a few months. I prepared the story on paper, not concerned about grammar or punctuation. I went back and revised the story.
BTD: Being a student of the game acquired in the city streets, I don’t ponder and search my mind for a story to tell. I just allow them to come to me. I consider where to start the story, which characters to have carry the story and generally how to build the story to a satisfying climax. (read more)
JP: What’s next for Big Tray Deee and Anthony Barrow?
BTD: Mr. Barrow and I are currently collaborating on “Street Gon’ Cry II: Johnté’s Revenge”. I’m still writing my own novel about the rivalry between the two biggest Crip gangs in Long Beach, CA.
AB: I’m also working on my solo project that’s due to be released in mid-2014. (read more)
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