Today, I welcome Author Dean Hamid to my blog for #MaleAuthorMondays. Welcome Dean.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m somewhat of an old school type of guy. Been around for awhile, not in regards to ebooks, but writing. Different schools of thought in regard to the craft. I was born and raised in Brooklyn; NYC. These things have shaped me into the man I am, and in all the books I write.
I made the decision to become a published author because I believed then as I believe now, that I can do what a guy like Stephen Spielberg, David Baldacci does, or even a Dean Koonz, and write good stories. I’ve corresponded with many professional authors, and I believe that I could be just as successful..
That’s the reality of what I saw growing up. That’s the story I want to tell.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
A little over ten years now. Started with newsletters, and articles in magazines then I started a novel. After numerous rewrites, it took about three years.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I didn’t. It sort of chose me. Even now I might one day switch upI would like to do Mysteries, Suspense, and keep the Action-Thrillers in my life, however, I would definitely want to stay with Urban, not necessarily African-American, but Urban nonetheless.
I have no desire to tell of the initial hand to mouth of the street hustlers. I like to delve more into what made it come about, and the whole thought and drive that pushes criminal behavior. The inward thoughts, and mindset.
Where do you get your ideas?
Life. Movies…noire’s. I love the drama in those movies.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Sometimes I’ll do an outline and then I may come off my head. When I get a feeling.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Richard Wright and Donald Goines.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Back then there were only traditional publishers. No internet, at least wide spread. Has to make copies and mail them out. Typing. It was a lot.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Would have invested time and money in publishing.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I actually utilize social media promoters and book clubs that utilize email blast and bloggers.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I’m doing it now. Hell has no fury.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
It’s the story of a young woman who goes through self imposed domestic violence issues, and struggles to come up out of it, utilizing a plan based on some bitter sweet revenge.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
A little bit of both. Most if not all are based on reactions to similar situations.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite chapter in all my books to write is the first chapter up until the fourth It’s the premise and the initial start. The whole set up so to speak.
How did you come up with the title?
I like my titles to always be different. Remember I’m old school, so I like the different. Original. Relating to the story.
What project are you working on now?
A collaboration. Hell has No Fury.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes. Dunya: The Do or Die
How can your readers find you?
Dean Hamid @ Facebook
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dean.hamid @ Instagram
Dean Hamid @ Twitter
Amazon author page @ Dean Hamid