Wahida Clark created the Thug Love Fiction genre, which is a sub-genre of street lit as cited in “The Reader’s Guide to Street Literature”, by Vanessa Irvin Morris. Clark is also the first street lit author to pen a series, thus establishing the trend. When you read her novels, they are so real you are convinced of one of three things: you know the characters; you want to know the characters; or you are one of the characters.
Her New York Times, Essence, and USA Today bestselling novels include: Thugs and The Women Who Love Them, Every Thug Needs A Lady, Thug Matrimony, Thug Lovin’, Payback Is A Mutha, Payback With Ya Life, Sleeping With The Enemy, The Golden Hustla and the first anthology edited and compiled by Clark, What’s Really Hood! Part 5 of her Thug Series.
The highly anticipated Justify My Thug under Cash Money Content made its debut at #19 on the New York Bestselling List, one of the few urban lit books to do so. Her Thug Series has sold over 300,000 copies and the Payback Series has sold over 150,000. Her next release in April 2012 is Payback Ain’t Enough.
After serving a nine and a half year prison sentence, Wahida Clark was released to a halfway house in 2007, from the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia. Today she is the Vice President of the nonprofit organization based out of East Orange, New Jersey, Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services, a re-entry program for convicts and ex-convicts. She has given motivational speeches and shared her story at high schools in New York, New Jersey and Halfway Houses throughout New Jersey. She is also Vice President of Phoenix Academy Inc. An organization that also provides support groups and mentors for at-risk youth. The ultimate goal of the Phoenix Academy is to establish a charter and vocational training school.
Wahida currently operates her publishing company out of East Orange, New Jersey, Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. WCP currently has 11 authors,15 titles in stores across the country including three Young Adult Novels and is the fastest growing and most popular Urban Independent Publishing House in the industry.