DJ Gatsby Book Club Authors Spotlight: Author Amaleka McCall “Cold Summer”

AmalekaBorn and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Amaleka McCall grew up fast watching the harsh streets destroy many of her family members and friends.  After graduating high school with honors Amaleka planned to become a criminal defense attorney, but in 1995, while a sophomore at St. John’s University, she became pregnant with her first child.  Working a number of city jobs and struggling as a single mother, Amaleka went on to earn her baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and her Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Aptly dubbed the “intelligent hoodlum” by family and friends, Amaleka was always able to use her imagination and her education to create wonderful stories.


ColdSummer-2In 2004, Amaleka moved from New York to the D.C. metro area. It was then that she decided to take her journals and her imagination and do something constructive with them.  The result was the birth of her first novel A Twisted Tale of Karma (re-released as Myra, 2009.)  With a love for thrillers and first hand knowledge of the criminal justice system and street life, she completed her subsequent urban mystery/crime thriller novels, Hush, Price of Fame, Hard Candy and Hard Candy Part 2.


OWL-1Recently, Amaleka was invited to join the Official Writer’s League, a new endeavor spearheaded by the dynamic writing duo Ashley and JaQuavis.  This deal has been by far the most exciting and rewarding Amaleka has embarked on in years.  With her writing career looking brighter than it ever has, Amaleka is looking forward to bringing you more authentic, well-written stories under OWL.


amaleka 2Amaleka currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.  She loves spending quality time with her family, writing, watching movies, and reading books. She is hard at work on her new release Cold Summer set to drop June 2013.

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