# Interview with BlackPearl, author of Many Roads.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?                     The Urban Fiction/Street Lit genre reaches a market of people who have the most amazing, sad, encouraging, enlightening and/or real stories ever told.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?                                                                                                                    I enjoy the pen as well as the computer. Writing just would not be writing without a pen.

A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?                                                                                                        This not true. Being social is how we get most of our material.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?                                                              No. But is important to know your craft.

What inspires you to write?                                                                                        The great plights of the world.

How often do you write?                                                                                            Daily.

Do you think writers have a normal life like others?                                            Yes, we do. We are faced with the same challenges as everyone else.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? Yes, it lasted for seven years.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?                                 I often set a plot and sometimes end up changing it.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?                                                                                                                            Both, I must say I am not very good at it, but practice makes perfect.

Have you ever designed your own book cover?                                                      Yes, it didn’t do the book justice, but I was proud of my effort.

Does a bad review affect your writing?                                                                    No, because for every bad review, there are ten people that are inspired.

Which book inspired you to begin writing?                                                          Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines

How realistic are your books?                                                                                    They are very realistic. I think that is what is so scary.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?                                                                My family and loved ones.

Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?                                      My siblings.

Do your novels carry a message?                                                                             Yes. With all of the violence, sex and crime there must be a resounding message.

How did it feel when your first book got published?                                                  I felt like I had just gone through a rigorous labor and like I had finally given birth.

Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind?                              No, I feel like there is still much for me to do.

Do you have a specific culture you like to write about?                                        Yes, the urban culture because it is a demographic that not many do not understand and they are often ostracized because of it.

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