Hey everyone! As part of his book tour for O’shay & Sanaa: An Urban Romance, J. Brinkley was asked about his top 10 favorites, from music to authors. Here are some of his answers:
What are your 10 favorite songs?
1) 2pac (Dear Mama)
2) 2pac (Mama Just A Little Girl)
3) UGK ( Hi Life)
4) T.I ( Still Aint Forgave Myself)
5) Young Jeezy ( Standing Ovation)
6) Commodore ( Zoom)
7) Lauran Hill (Ex Factor)
8) Teddy Pendergrass ( Turn Off The Lights)
9) Isley Brothers ( Hold Back These Tears)
10) Prince ( Adore You)
Who are your 10 favorite authors?
1) Dr. John Henrik Clarke
2) J.A. Rogers
3) Marcus Garvey
4) Amos Wilson
5) Dick Gregory
6) Donald Goines
7) Iceberg Slim
8) Omar Tyree
9) Eric Jerome Dicky
10) Michelle Alexander
Tell our readers 10 lessons you’ve learned since becoming an author
1) You Have To Be Dedicated
2) You Have To Be Willing To Invest In Yourself.
3) You Have To Educate Yourself On The Art Of Writing And Marketing Strategies.
4) You Have To Be Consistent.
5) You Have To Think Like A Business Owner.
6) Find Your Own Voice And Niche.
7) Do Be Afraid To Try New Things.
8) You Can’t Please Everybody.
Make sure to pre-order your copy of O’shay & Sanaa: An Urban Romance, before it hits Amazon and Barnes & Noble on March 21st.
Genre African American Fiction, Urban Fiction, Coming of Age
Publisher Hard Pen Publications
Publication Date July 1, 2017
ISBN Hardcover 9780998775418
ISBN Paperback 9780998775401
Based on true events, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence, is an epic coming of age novel that captivates the reader from beginning to end. An emotional tale chronicling the life of Essence, a young girl from the streets of Inkster, Michigan. She had it all. A good home, loving family and friends, beauty, and brains. When a traumatic turn of events changes her life forever, Essence is left emotionally crippled with a jaded perception of self, life, and love. For years her life is in shambles. She finds herself on a path of destruction fueled by pain, struggling to pick up the pieces. All she wants is to be loved, and accepted for who she is, but not even she knows the true answer to that question. Will she ever find what she’s looking for? Take this journey with Essence as she discovers the true essence of herself.
Author E. N. Hardy
Author E. N. Hardy was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. Writing became a passion for her at a very young age, as an outlet, and as a means to deal with trying circumstances. She loves to write poetry, erotica, and in her own words “emotional fiction.” The only thing that matters to her is the way you “feel” after reading her work. She enjoys a career in healthcare education, and does lots of reading in her spare time. Her all-time favorite author is V. C. Andrews, with Frank McCourt being a very close second. In 2012 she began working on her debut novel, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence. She currently resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband and four children.
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