5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Antwan Floyd, author of Crew Love

by Joey Pinkney on September 25, 2009

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Antwan Floyd, author of Crew Love
(Bleeding Pen Publishing)


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(One of the first ten people to comment will win a copy of Antwan Floyd’s Crew Love.)

(Congratulations to Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica for winning the FREE COPY of Antwan Floyd’s Crew Love.)

Phil-Good Trenton is caring, charismatic, and passionate – traits that get buried underneath his kill-or-be-killed mentality in an attempt to pay rent. Jermaine Lloyd is a casino operator at an illegal after-hours joint. He lives the ideal life of a bachelor, but will a gambling addiction threaten to take that all away?

Blue Ball has always cared for himself and his younger brother, but bailing his brother out of trouble one time too many may prove fatal. Short Stack was a hustler all his life, always about the dollar, but will he change his attitude for the love of a woman?

When the lives of these four men with different circumstances and agendas collide, they set the streets of Chicago on fire! In this gritty and compelling drama of crime, compassion and consequence, will they become victims of their own desires? Or will they conquer their differences and find Crew Love?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Crew Love?

Antwan Floyd: I have been an avid reader every since a child. My favorite books to read were always about history. As I got older, I became more attracted to books about crime, more specifically African-American crime. I was always a fan of the history of crime syndicates like the Italian crime families, but I always wondered where our stories were?

So I started researching and found this book called African American Organized Crime written by Francis Iaani. Although vague, it was a start. Years later never letting this fascination go, I googled “policy runners” and found an author from Chicago by the name of Nathan Thompson who had written Kings: The True Story of Chicago’s Policy Kings and Numbers Racketeers.

Thus Crew Love was born: the first in a trilogy of my vision of a Black crime family that spans of several generations.

JP: What sets Crew Love apart from other novels in its genre?

AF: The thing that sets Crew Love apart from other novels in its genre is the fact that I’ve tackled the subject matter from a different point of view. I’ve done quite a bit of research to stay true to the time setting that the story takes place in.

Also, few authors of the Urban Lit genre take this point of view as far as story telling. I thought it was important to show where we came from. I also tried to keep it entertaining.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Crew Love getting out to the public?

AF: Research…research….research. I had to take a chance. I had self-doubt in the beginning. The more I researched authors and the type of genre I wanted to become apart of, I found countless amounts of authors doing this whom I’ve never even heard of.

I read some of these authors work and found that I was, in my opinion, just as good as they were. If they could do it, why not me? So I jumped out there put the proper actions in motion, and here I am.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Crew Love?

AF: My writing process starts out with an idea or a title. It might seem seem strange to most but a catchy title pops into my head and that sparks a story line. A story line sparks ideas for characters and characters names Their names develop into the backgrounds of their lives and what makes them who they are.

Every character that I ever dream of, their name tells something about them who they are, what they are about or what their goals are in the story. Crew Love was an idea for many years, but the actual writing and becoming serious about doing this for real took maybe eight months.

JP: What’s next for Antwan Floyd?

AF: More writing, perfecting my craft and perhaps take some writing courses. More reading, find out what my peers are doing. I learn from all writers of all genres. Travel to different states and sell my book at different book fairs in the United States. I am also currently putting the finishing touches on my nest book the sequel to Crew Love, Crew Love II “The Black Mob”.

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Adrian Ox Mendez September 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I have personally had the pleasure of networking with Antwan Floyd and after reading his blogs on Crew Love and seeing his dedication into bringing into the public eye I am glad to see that a man that has the combination of creativity and passion for his “pen” is able to share his gift with all that desire a good story that seems all too real.

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

That was very eloquent of you Ox. Thank you for stopping by and leaving Mr. Floyd a little love.

Check out Ox’s interview at: http://joeypinkney.com/african-american-author/5-minutes-5-questions-with-adrian-ox-mendez-author-of-end-of-sentence.php

Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica September 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm

He is a personal friend of mine and I am very proud of him getting the respect he deserves. I have a lot of love for him.

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Yeah, Dapharoah69. Mr Floyd is a very humble guy. I really appreciated his patience and his willingness to participate in a book giveaway to my readers.

marc livingston September 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I would like to add this book to my collection

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Well, sir. You are in the running.

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the Crew Love.

1) Adrian Ox Mendez
2) Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica
3) Marc Livingston
4) ???
5) ???
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???

Imani True September 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Loved the interview. Sounds like Crew Love is a good read. Would love to be entered for a copy.

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for stopping by Imani. I got you in there.

Linda Chavis September 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm

This sounds like a good read and I wish the author the best !

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the Crew Love.

1) Adrian Ox Mendez
2) Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica
3) Marc Livingston
4) Imani True
5) Linda Chavis
6) ???
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???

Asia September 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Hey Joey – I’m back !..This sounds like another good one !..Good Luck to all !

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Uh oh, can Asia win a THIRD book before I can get her first TWO in the mail. We’ll see… Thank Asia!

Joey Pinkney September 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the Crew Love.

1) Adrian Ox Mendez
2) Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica
3) Marc Livingston
4) Imani True
5) Linda Chavis
6) Asia
7) ???
8) ???
9) ???
10) ???

Joyce September 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

I would love to have this book after reading about his passion for writing and how he puts work into his books researching information although fiction shows that his writing technique is superb…

Janika Schwerr September 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Sounds like a book that most people can relate to. 4 people that come from different lives and 1 thing that brings them together. Makes you wonder, who lives, who dies, and what lesson will you learn before it’s to late???

Joey Pinkney September 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a free copy of Crew Love.

1) Adrian Ox Mendez
2) Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica
3) Marc Livingston
4) Imani True
5) Linda Chavis
6) Asia
7) Joyce
8) Janika Schwerr
9) ???
10) ???

Tanya September 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I’d like a copy to review.

Joey Pinkney September 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Cool, Tanya. You are in the running to win the free copy provided by Antwan Floyd. I waiting on one more person to comment, and I’ll randomly draw a winner.

Katrina Roberson September 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm

“I learn from all writers of all genres”. This is good to know, and especially good to practice. I tend to stick with only one genre, and never really thought about reading mysteries or horroe or even romance. But I’m realizing that learning something from each genre can lead to more productive writing. Knowing that Mr. Floyd is so serious and dedicated to his work makes me very excited to read this book. Congrats and much success to him!

SHON September 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

cant wait 2 read it!!!

Joey Pinkney September 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Here is the list of people who are in the running for a free copy of Crew Love.

1) Adrian Ox Mendez
2) Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica
3) Marc Livingston
4) Imani True
5) Linda Chavis
6) Asia
7) Joyce
8) Janika Schwerr
9) Tanya
10) Katrina Roberson

I am going to do a random drawing to find the winner.

Joey Pinkney September 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

And the winner is…

Dapharoah69 The King of Erotica!

I’ll email you for the mailing info.

Thank you everybody for participating. Thank you Antwan Floyd for providing the prize.

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Shon Benford December 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

What up little cousin Antwan, this is your cousin down in Arkansas ,just wanted to let u know we are very proud of U da book is banging u dat shit! we will come to Minn. and c u soon WE LOVE YOU ! Tell Star we said we love her 2,see u soon . ONE LOVE !

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