DJ Gatsby Book Club Authors Spotlight: Brandi Davis “The High Price I Had To Pay 4”

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Biography
Brandi Davis, born and raised in Southeld, Michigan, is an author, motivational speaker and a prison reform activist. Davis, the daughter of legendary street hustler and the girlfriend of a notorious drug dealer, was no novice to street life. After her
child’s father suddenly died in federal prison, she faced the challenge of maintaining
the lavish lifestyle he provided. With her back up against the wall, Davis accepted an invitation to enter the drug game and became extremely successful. Life was grand until Davis was caught red-handed with 27 kilos of freshly packaged cocaine, landing her a ten year sentence in federal prison.
After serving close to a decade behind bars, Davis has decided to share her life
experiences to warn others about the danger of poor choices. With her powerful voice
and bona de street credibility, she has captivated the attention of youth and adults
across the nation. Exposing the naked truth and deadly consequences of street life, her
heartfelt story has become an anchor used to save the lives of many of today’s troubled
youth.
Check out this recent interview that Brandi Davis gave
  • Brandi Questions
    1) Please introduce yourself to our readers and let them know a little about your new book “The High Price I Had To Pay, Volume 4.”
    My name is Brandi Davis. I’m a 34 year old, native of Detroit, Michigan. My book “The High Price I Had To Pay, Volume 4” is a memoir about my life and the experiences that led to my imprisonment.
    2) Tell us why you decided to write this book and why you feel the message enclosed is important?
    I decided to write a book about my life to bring awareness to the epidemic that I’ve seen in our judicial system. While incarcerated in federal prison for 7 1/2 years, I’ve watched a transition in the prison population. The age of the women coming in has grown younger and younger for non-violent, drug crimes. I listened to some of the girls stories and they really touched my heart.Many of them are serving double digits, and some even Life behind bars! I can relate to their experiences and how they got involved in the fast life. This led me to share my story, so I could help prevent others from making the same mistakes that we did.
    thehighprice4frt3) Describe a little about what your life was like growing up in Detroit?
    My life growing up in Detroit was kind of different from your typical middle class family. My father was a drug dealer who provided a good living for his household. From the outside looking in, you would think that I came from a hard working family. But in all actuality, my father was heavily involved in a criminal lifestyle. I didn’t know this until I grew up and heard stories about my dad. So I would say, even though I grew up in the suburbs, my life was far from typical.
    4) What kind of influence did your father have on your life? Would you describe it as good or bad? Explain.
    My father had a huge influence on my life. I admired him greatly. As a result, I was attracted to men who emulated his lifestyle. I was inspired by the drive my father had and the way he took care of our family. He was what I considered to be the “ultimate hustler,” yet he was quite a gentleman. Growing up, I aspired to have a man that treated me like my daddy treated my mother. But in all actuality, the lifestyle my dad provided was a gift and a curse. I never wanted for anything and was spoiled with expensive gifts and attention. Yet at the same time, I was exposed to an addictive lifestyle that came along with lots of consequences.
    5) Tell us a little about why you decided to try your hand in the drug game?
    I tried my hand in the drug game thinking I was being a loyal girlfriend. I was dating a guy from Chicago who had some issues in his hometown. He needed to quickly move some work outside of Chicago, so I decided I would help him out. I had never sold drugs a day in my life. I was surprised how easy it was to make a lot of money swiftly. At the time, I never knew my actions would cost me my life. I now realize I was extremely naive and I didn’t think through the consequences.
    6) What was the most difficult about serving a 10 year bid in the FEDS?
    While I was in prison, being away from my son for 7 1/2 years was the hardest thing for me to deal with. When I was arrested my son had just turned 3 years old, so I left a toddler behind. It broke my heart knowing that I was going to miss out on so much of his life. Till this day, I have not completely forgiven myself for leaving my son, due to my poor choices.
    7) What message do you want to leave readers with who read your book?
    I want my readers to be cautious of the decisions they make in life. Sometimes we don’t think things through before we act. This can be detrimental! Love is also blind and we tend to move on our emotions, instead of our intellect. Therefore, we must watch the company we keep, because everyone doesn’t have the same intentions or love that we have for them. Life is too short to live on the edge, especially when you have children! Our decisions in life don’t only affect us, they also effect our loved ones too. Therefore, I caution my readers to cherish their lives and don’t choose life in the fast lane! It only leads to two things, death or prison.
    Weblink:
    www.instagram.com/freeprettygirls/
    www.facebook.com/brandi.davis.7564
    www.voicesbooks.com
    Email Address:
    freeprettygirls@icloud.com

Who’s Who In African American Literature Interviews: Author Amanda Lee

Who’s Who In African American Literature shares their exclusive print interview with Bestselling Author Amanda Lee.   She is a married mother of 4 and the founder of Vicious Ink Publications. Amanda is rising star in the Literary world and we want you to get familiar with this talented writer and her books in the “Deranged” Series on Viscuois Ink Publications.

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  1. Where are you from? I am from a small town called Forest, Mississippi.
  1. Tell us your latest news? My latest news is I have a book on Slavery in Mississippi coming October, “My Name is Banjo”
  1. When and why did you begin writing?I started writing in high school, but stopped because I didn’t know exactly how to get published or what direction to go in.
  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer after my 4th book was published. I felt accomplished.
  1. What inspired you to write your first book? The authors, Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey inspired me to write my first book. After reading a couple of their books, that when I knew what I wanted to do long term.
  1. Do you have a specific writing style? I prefer the writing styles such as thrillers, horror, and science fiction genre. I love the adreline, the excitement, the blood, and the in depth killings.
  1. How did you come up with the title? I came up with my first title, DERANGED, because that’s how I felt at that time.12025481_1668033960078725_706463122_n
  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my novel, HEARTLESS BASTARD, my message is to be careful whom you love. Just because a man gives you attention and love doesn’t necessary mean he will accept your kids. If a man doesn’t accept your kids, then he is definitely not the one.
  1. How much of the book is realistic? All of my books are fiction. There is a small part in my book; A FAMILY DIVIDED BY COLOR is true.
  1. What books have most influenced your life most? Books by Dr. Farrah Gray.
  1. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I would consider Zane as a mentor.
  1. What book are you reading now? I am reading a book called, “How to Write a Dirty Story” by Susie Bright.
  • Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? This author, Blaque Angel from G Street Chronicles. Other than that, no.
  1. What are your current projects? My current projects are “My Name is Banjo: Slavery in Mississippi,” “Penetrate Me Softly,” “My Master’s Bed,” and “Psychosis.’
  1. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?The Book Clubs on the east coast are a major entity that supported me.12023042_1668034366745351_1809233699_n
  1. Do you see writing as a career? Of course I see writing as a career.
  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not in my latest book, but my first book, DERANGED. I did get the opportunity to change some of the language, now that the book is under my own label, Vicious Ink Publications.
  1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes I do. When I was in high school, one of my classmates had a book by Nora Roberts, Vengeance in Death. She let me read it and right then, I knew I wanted to write stories just as great.
  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? In my writing I find not writing about killing and blood is challenging. Seems like when I write something normal (lol), my mind leads back to adding a killing scene or something of the sort.
  1. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author would be T. Styles. Her writing style interest me so much because it’s dark and twisted.
  1. Do you travel much promoting your book (s)? I use to travel, but since I have moved to Atlanta, it’s been kind of difficult. I will start back traveling once I get settled.
  1. Who designed the covers? There were several people that designed my covers such as Author Rukyyah, Brand Concepts Southeast, and Multi-Diva Marketing.
  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part was staying focused on one project. As I write one book, my mind is all over the place headed to the next project.12030744_1668034426745345_1796232220_n

 

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes I did. After the editor and proofreaders finished, read back over my work. I experienced too many errors in my books.
  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? Write! Write! Write! Never stop writing. Even if it’s a sentence or paragraph a day. Write!
  1. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? If you understand that writing is a gift, and the way words coming together will entertain you; then you’ll understand that books by Amanda Lee are strangely unique. Each story you read will amuse you. The way the plots and characters twist and turn, your mind will become infatuated with wanting to read more. My writings are UNIQUE!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Follow Author Amanda Lee on Facebook, Twitter & Insragram                 *All books are available at Amazon.Com