DJ Gatsby Book Club Interview: Greatest Poet Alive a/k/a James Gordon

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1. Where are you from? I am from chicago il, specifically the South Side!
2. Tell us your latest news? On April 24, I will win the Moth Storytelling Grand Slam championship, making me one of very few African Americans to have that title. Right after that, I release m fourth book of Poetry, the Erotic Autobiography, Revenge of the Orgasm.
3. When and why did you begin writing? Poetry and I had casually dated until August 29, 2007. Then, we decided to enter into a monogamous relationship and have been together ever since.
4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? After I wrote The Confessional Heart of a Man, my first book, I considered myself an author.
5. What inspired you to write your first book? I was behind the fence and wanted to make use of the time I had. I wrote poems for the other inmates, and one of them ,Elwood Pegram, told me I should write a book. Thanks Wood.
6. Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is narrative, storytelling. And I write to compliment and uplift beautiful women.

7. How did you come up with the title? I treat each book like an album or movie, so the title needs to not only encompass what is in the book but grab everyone’s attention.
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8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my latest, Revenge of the Orgasm, I simply told what most people experience, intimate and sexual encounters that bring about fond memories that never leave.
9. How much of the book is realistic? Revenge of the Orgasm is an erotic autobiography, so it is totally true.
11. What books have most influenced your life most? The Catcher in the Rye, Norton’s Anthology of English Literature, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Collection has greatly influenced me.
12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Langston Hughes is who I would consider a mentor.
13. What book are you reading now? Actually, I have been reading Revenge of the Orgasm over and over again to make sure it works.
14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? She isn’t a new author, but I dig Kottyn Campbell’s Poetry. Be on the lookout for LaDonna Marie, and much respect to all of the authors from Chicago and Poets continuing to move their pens.
15. What are your current projects? Besides Revenge of the Orgasm, I’m completing GPApocalypse Forever(CD) produced by Kottyn Campbell. Also, I am a part of In the Heat of Passion(An Erotic Anthology spearheaded by Andrionna Williams), and I am the featured Poet in Chocolate Rose 3(An Erotic Anthology spearheaded by Charles Burgess). People are going to think I’m just a freak. Okay, I’m just a little bit.
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16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Team GPA supports me day in, day out.
17. Do you see writing as a career? Writing is both my career and my love.
18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? The only thing I would change in my latest book is that most of it would have been about one woman, instead of many.
19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? As a child, I always wrote adventures that I wanted to live out. It wasn’t necessarily Poetry all of the time, just stories. It was my way of travelling before I delved into reading.
21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Because Poetry is looked upon as an archaic literary form, you have a lot of people who are hesitant to embrace it. This happens with sensual Poetry as well because people automatically believe they are going to hear porn or something near it. The negative stigmas are quite abundant.
22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I’m going to surprise you with this. One of my favorite authors is Ed McBain. He wrote the 87th Precinct series. These books were police procedurals, but he was so detailed with his characters, plots, and scenery. You believed these were real people and events.
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23. Do you travel much promoting your book(s)? I travel a lot promoting my books and performing as well. It is a huge blessing that Poetry has taken me to a lot of places I might have thought about going.
24. Who designed the covers? Kottyn Campbell designed the Revenge of the Orgasm cover. Team GPA and GPA Media Inc is a one stop shop for everything an author needs.
25. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part in writing Revenge of the Orgasm, was trying to avoid being turned on while doing it.
26. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Revenge of the Orgasm taught me that I have had some wild adventures and fortunate to have done so. Also, there were beautiful and wonderful women that I had the privilege of sharing great times with. Yeah…
27. Do you have any advice for other writers? There is no such thing as “writers block”. It is a myth and perpetuated by people who have the “misery loves company” complex. There is always something to write about.
28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Listen, i want to be the greatest ever, and if somehow I fall short, then I’m going to be in the conversation. GPApocalypse Forever!! #teamGPA

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