Interview

  1. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Very cool question. I would love to have been the original author of David Hume’s book, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Why? Because, this book was revolutionary in the face of dogmatic thinking during 18th Century England. It helped moved minds into the enlightenment period.
  2. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special? Non-Fiction, Political Philosophy is quintessential to modern thought, especially as it relates to being self-governed. Part of the reason government in modern times, like in history, gets away with all that it does is that the people get complacent in their thinking and need a reboot. In contemporary America, doing anything it wants happens via Law Enforcement. I think this book is a wake up call to thinkers, who take enforcement very seriously. It must be understood that governments have always done what they wanted through their enforcement. In America, Enforcement must answer to a higher authority, the Constitution. This is what separates law enforcement in America from Law Enforcement abroad. So, political philosophy and non-fiction are very special genres behind any book.
  3. How important is research to you when writing a book? Research is fundamental. If the genre is non-fiction, then the book cannot, as a whole, be my mere opinion. My book is heavily researched with pages of citations and references for the reader’s own research. Part of my research also involves my direct experience of working in Law Enforcement for many years. Basically, I don’t make this stuff up.
  4. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? There wasn’t really a time that I decided to be a writer, it just happened. As it relates to this book, I simply had to voice my frustrations and thoughts. The best way to do this was write it down, and I did. I wrote this book over a period of 5 years.
  5. What inspires you to write? As it relates to this particular book, I think self-edification is my biggest inspiration. The desire to connect with the truth, so to speak, within a context of something so capricious like Law Enforcement, is something I desire, because I respect and enjoy Law Enforcement so much. I want it done right, if that makes any sense.
  6. How often do you write? I mostly write in the mornings. I am up early and I am generally in my best thinking mode. It may be the coffee lol
  7. Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that? Hmm, I suppose that would make sense in my case, if it relates to my depth of thought in political philosophy. Apart from my thinking about the subject matter of this book in a social setting, I am very social. Yet, the context of me being social never encompasses the book. I’ve yet to really be in a social setting that does. Hence, loner tendencies do embrace me when it comes to writing.
  8. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing? Well in writing political philosophy, the hardest part is structuring arguments that are difficult to rebuttal. This comes down to evidence also, of course. Thus research, again, is fundamental. Syllogism, the art of argument, plays a major role in my writing, and this is where most of the work comes. I must contemplate on what a rebuttal might be, coupled with case law, the actual law, and the legal system. It is work.
  9. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? Oh sure. It depends on the specific subject matter. Most of the time the block comes in when I am trying to articulate data from research in a way that most people can understand and still be interesting.
  10. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Oh yes, all the time. In fact, I spend hours just reading and also combing through reading materials simply because I want to learn. Some of my favorite authors are David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Locke, Bertrand Russell, John Paul Sartre, and Antony Flew. I can keep going. But these are a few.
  11. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? Does it seek to edify the reader? Does a book try to connect to whatever the truth might be, related to the subject matter? Does the book educate, and significantly help shift the reader’s perspective?
  12. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title? Very important. I think you can, a lot of times, actually judge a book by its cover. Humans are aesthetic in nature, and a cover can jump out at a reader. So, as it relates to the cover on my book, I did it myself, and I came up with the title also. Both significantly represent the content. The title, COPS vs. The Constitution is representative of a court case, a trial.
  13. Do you attend literary lunches or events? I do actually. I am a UNC graduate in Philosophy and I stay connected to the philosophy department via conferences and the like. Many of these events entail the collective interpretive process of a particular writer. I also attend ‘call for papers’ events in philosophy via different universities. Great stuff.
  14. Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers? I am first, very honored that someone would actually take the time to read what I’ve written, especially to a point that they give feedback. I am very grateful. I mostly reply, even if feedback is not what I really want to hear, with gratitude for sharing their opinion. Any feedback is great for me.
  15. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? I do actually. Apart from required reading via government education, I was first struck by a book on philosophy that my grandmother’s neighbor gave me as a teenager. It was so difficult to read and I would only try to read it when I visited her. Eventually things made some sense and stuck. Later in my life, these philosophical minds like Hume, came back to bite me, so to speak. That is to say, that as I matured and wanted to understand what it means to exist, the philosophers I once read about as a teen came to mind.
  16. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel? I did actually, even though my book is not a novel, but non-fiction. This is why it took me nearly 5 years to finish. I went though stages of thinking that the book would make no real difference, so what was the point? But I pushed through because my desire to get my point of view out there over powered my doubts.
  17. How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book? I gave a bunch away to family and friends, hoping they would read it and give me feedback. And many did, especially cops, which was very gratifying.
  18. Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier? I think it’s much easier to write fiction. Because, writing fiction is artistic imagination. Non-fiction material is held to accountability. It must represent the truth in some way. There is a lot of work in writing non-fiction. I am sure there is in fiction also, but the subject matter is more about entertainment, I think.
  19. How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”? I’d say about half and half. I listen to classical when I write. The ‘zone’ I think, in me, is more driven by having to get to the truth, and articulate it. The music plays more of a role in helping me articulate.
  20. Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse, which inspired different books – does that apply in your case? Yes it does. When I write, in my mind, I am writing to my daughters, Jasmine and Avah. This is why at the beginning of the book, it reads for Jasmine and Avah. I am speaking to them directly, telling them what I am thinking, trying to get them to understand how this stuff really works, and to dig into the subject matter for themselves, so that they will be well equipped in their minds to live in the world and not be taken for granted. I want their minds to be sharp, strong and educated, so to speak. They are my biggest inspiration, because I want them to help make the world a better place, absent my mistakes and absent having to experience the negative aspects with the subject matter I write about in COPS vs. The Constitution. But to also be inspired by the optimistic outcome of what the truth might be, as it relates to my writing. I hope that makes sense.

21. Do you have a library at home? Yes I do. I have nearly 2,500 books, consisting mostly of philosophy, politics, religion and reference. It is my ‘man cave.’