I’m back from Spring Break. Now, I need a break from the break (smile).
This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Torrance Stephens. I read one of his books a few years ago and I finally got a chance to ask him a few questions.
Your new book title: dirt behind my ears definitely gets the reader’s attention. Is it fiction or non-fiction?
It is non fiction. Basically it is a collection of opinion editorials from my earlier years from newspapers and my blog. Subjects, albeit mostly on politics, African American Culture and relationships, also covers history, and issues about the family and sports.
I’m a frequent visitor to your blog: http://rawdawgb.blogspot.com/. Will your new book be anything like your blog commentary? Tell us about it.
Well, I use it mainly to express what I thinking. I want to also use it as a medium to inform folks, especially men, that there is nothing wrong with expressing scholarship and thought. I want to present that there are other things that males, especially African American men seriously think about outside of women, money, music and sports.
It also allows for me to promote and sale some of my other published works as well as some of my scientific publications. Most of all it allows me direct access to the general public and that can go along way, especially if one has a penchant for informing the public and getting people to do. That’s what I want my blog to do – to get people to question and think.
What’s your opinion on the state of African-American fiction?
One word – LAME. Do not get me wrong, there are some great and excellent writers in our community; my list would be inordinate. However, we don’t have grasp on any of the whole of classic, estranged, offbeat and other worldly literature. What I read makes me think that folks want to sale books moreso that their craft. No creativity and it is a serious indication o me, that substantial bevy of our writers are not well read and/or versed in issues outside of fiction. That would have not sufficed 100 years ago today. On the other hand, it may be a refection of the reading public we service.
If your life was a reality TV show, what would be the title of it and why?
RAW DAWG BUFFALO – LIVE FREE OR DIE. Don’ know why, but that is just how I live and do.
What advice would you give aspiring writers who want to make it in this field?
Write for yourself first, study your craft, and never, never be afraid of writing what you really feel. Please never right for no one but yourself first.
To learn more or get in contact:
Torrance T. Stephens, PhD.
Chief Behavioral Scientist, CEO
Purchase books at www.bbotw.com (search torrance stephens)