Male Author Mondays: Isiko Raymond


This is Male Author Mondays.  I have the pleasure of having Isiko Raymond on my channel today. Please welcome Isiko.


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Isiko Cooks. I am President of Peter Mack Presents, LLC. I’ve been writing for ten years now with 25 books in print and recipient of a PEN America Center book prize for my memoir, FILTHY: Innocence Lost. I am currently incarcerated in California.
  2. What do you do when you are not writing? Catching up on my favorite authors and magazines.
  3. Do you have a day job as well? Writing is my lifestyle. No job.
  4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I began writing after an arrest for trafficking drugs. My first novel, HoodSweet, was completed while in solitary confinement.
  5. How did you choose the genre you write in? My first novel came to me in a series of dreams. People say my writing defies genre.
  6. Where do you get your ideas? I get my ideas from trending topics and topical situations.
  7. Do you ever experience writer’s block? Nope.
  8. Do you work with an outline, or just write? I work from an outline.. But this outline morphs as i write.
  9. Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? Walter Mosley is my mentor.
  10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? There were no challenges. I endured alot of rejections before I was awarded my first contract. I’ve had four contracts on my career.
  11. 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? Nope.
  12. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? I use all avenues. Print. TV Media. Social media. Radio. Reviews. Word of mouth. You. Etc
  13. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? Nope.
  14. Can you tell us about your upcoming book? My new book is POWDER. It is a sort of finale for every series I’ve written.. Powder features reader favorite characters like Ayana and Prada.
  15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Its all based on real life. Putting it together is my imagination.
  16. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I love the entire process of writing.
  17. How did you come up with the title? My book designer came up with the POWDER title. For PRISON I thought it should be straight forward.
  18. What project are you working on now? POWDER.
  19. Will you have a new book coming out soon? Yes. POWDER. Dec 1.
  20. How can your readers find you? www.PeterMackPresents.com

Contact Information: Isiko.raymond@gmail.com

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