Tell us about your book, Chess not Checkers.
It is the story of Thaddeus Adams – a twenty-year-old looking back at when he was a self-described “nerd” who stood up against a school bully. The bully, Earl Jacobson, was gang affiliated, and that added layers of difficulties to Thaddeus’ life. And to that the pressure Thaddeus mother’ applies. He is biracial, and his mother wants him to pass for white. His brother, who was a source of advice, was sent to prison for bank robbery, leaving Thaddeus to make some hard life decisions on his own.
Why did you decide to write it?
I wanted to show a teen/young adult working through issues, and realizing that his thoughts must mature with age
What’s the best part of being an author?
Sharing my opinion and thoughts about events, beliefs, cultures, and attitudes.
What’s the worst part of being an author?
Not getting the exposure I feel my work deserves.
Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?
Thaddeus because he has the courage to work through situations.
What was the hardest part of writing the story?
Realizing the effects of prejudice on American children.
If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
Understanding Me – because of the self-reflection that would be needed.
What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?
I could eat beans and rice every day.
What are you currently working on right now?
One Dead Activist, Married Women, and An American Voodoo Priest