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


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
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.
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DJ Gatsby Book Club Interview: Author Brandie Davis “Renee” All Hail The Queen

Me 31. Where are you from? I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

3. When and why did you begin writing? I began writing as a child, I can’t say why I began writing it was just something that I did, it’s who I am.

4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I first considered myself a writer when Renee released, by having the story complete and available for the world to read I knew it was real.

5. What inspired you to write your first book? I always wanted to be an author so writing a novel was defiantly in my deck of cards so the only question that lingered was what would it be about? My inspiration for Renee was due to the fact that I wanted to write something different and wanted my novel to be filled with power. But while in school and learning about Oedipus Rex I knew if I wrote its opposite, The Electra Complex that would be the exact originality I was looking for.

6. Do you have a specific writing style? The only writing style that I would say I have is writing in the third person and writing unique storylines. I now also try to use different words and no longer repeat myself.

7. How did you come up with the title? I have no idea how I came up with Renee, but when I thought of the name I knew that was it. As for the subtitle it was thought of after seeing g an advertisement poster for the television series Breaking Bad, it read All Hail the King.

8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Honestly no. There is no message, the only thing that I would like for readers to take away from my novel is my writing and it’s out of the box storyline.

9. How much of the book is realistic? Realistic in the sense where it is based on my life, none. Realistic in the sense where this occurs in the life’s of others I would have to say around 50%. Depression plagues the lives of many and even though it is not spoken about The Electra Complex does exist.

11. What books have most influenced your life most? I would have to say The Cartel by Ashley and Jaquavis because the storyline is great!

12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Fabiola Joseph she has taught me a lot.

13. What book are you reading now? I am currently reading Black Onyx by Nika Michelle.

brandie book14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Right now there isn’t but I will say that Nika Michelle’s new release has really caught my attention.

15. What are your current projects? I am currently working on Renee 2: The Protégé.

16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My book club, My Urban Books Club. They read my work when it dropped and have given me words of inspiration when I was nervous about it releasing.

17. Do you see writing as a career? Defiantly, it is who I am.

18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope, not one thing.

19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? All I can recall is writing stories as a child and always knowing I wanted to be an author.

21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Finding something unique to write about and executing it in a creative way.

22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Ashley and Jaqauvis, what strikes me is their original storylines.

23. Do you travel much promoting your book(s)? s As of now I have not traveled outside of NY. But that will come to an end in March because I have signings lined up.

24. Who designed the covers? Davida of Oddball Designs designed Renee.

25. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The end, I subtracted chapters and had a difficult time placing them in the proper order.

26. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes I have. I learned that if I establish a due date to give myself a lot of time to handle everything and I also learned to re-read the finish product after everything is complete one more time before publishing.

27. Do you have any advice for other writers? Get an editor and typesetter and dare to be different. It’s ok to writing about something that is common but that one twist can make all the difference.

28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for giving me a chance. You read my novel that I poured my everything into, that I ever wanted was a chance, thank you for making my wish come true.

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