JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
D.I., author of Frost Bite
(Madd Mindz Publishing)
Humble, charismatic, charming and determined are characteristics to name a few when speaking of the rookie of the year author of urban-street novels, D.I. Considered by many as the Steven King of urban-street fiction, no genre or entity can captivate ones mind as D.I. when indulging in his movies on paper.
As vivid and raw as a bloody crime scene, D.I.â€™s no-holds-barred style of writing begs a read to question: are these masterpieces real and titled fiction in efforts to elude possible conviction? Or are these masterpieces truly fiction but just so well written that it leaves the reader astounded to oneâ€™s imagination of how he depicts the severity of the street life.
An example of D.I.’s writing prowess is the ninth chapter of Frost Bite. As the Venoms (a murderous female killing crew, led by Shanda) plots on Ghost (Americas living nightmare), D.I. depicts a brooding scene of carnage as victims fall for the deadly Venoms’ stunning and angelic looks. It shows how thereâ€™s no one role a woman or man could play, whether being the villain or victim.
Joey Pinkney: Where did I get the idea and inspiration to write Frost Bite?
D.I.: I was actually writing a poem to my mother while I was in the â€˜boxâ€™ aka OBCCâ€™s solitary confinement on Rikers Island. I received a letter from her, and she asked me how did I get to the point where Iâ€™m facing 12 Â½ – 25 years in prison.
It was suppose to be a simple answer which I was setting up as a little poem called â€˜Mother of a Strangerâ€™. I started writing the poem. I was just thinking of all the stuff I was exposed to while in the streets and what Iâ€™ve done or saw first hand. From those past thoughts, I realized that question couldnâ€™t be answered with a simple poem. Six hundred plus pages later, I gave you Frost Bite.
JP: What sets Frost Bite apart from other urban fiction novels, where the main character is torn between crime and love?
DI: Well first let me answer the second part of that question. The main character is torn apart between crime and love because he is a street monger, just like many other brothers raised with no other choice but the streets. He chases whatever brings him the quickest dollar whether its robbing, drugs…even murder. He does what he feels he has to do in the company of his childhood friend, Fam, at his side at all times.
Then by fate, he comes across a beauty by the name of Lisa and an ex-street tough turned business mogul which both show him a new way of life. That new way of life is the way he wants to live. Because the loyalty and the brotherly love he has for Fam, heâ€™s stricken to choose who to go with and who to leave behind.
The twist is, if he goes with Fam, that new way of life which will bring him sure fortune and a honest living will be just a memory of what he couldâ€™ve or possibly achieved. If he goes with Lisa and all that comes with her, heâ€™ll have to turn his back on Fam, whoâ€™s a homicidal maniac. Crossing him can more the surely end with a deadly result.
What puts Frost Bite in a league of its own? Well it’s not the same recycled story of a drug king pin or how someone came from nothing, got it but lost it all in a hail of gun smoke. It’s not a story about some chick chasing some drug dealer or rapper to gain a come up to do whatever she thinks is best for her.
Frost Bite is what Iâ€™d consider a bitter street-love story with the main character sacrificing himself to protect those he consider dear to him. With the intertwined connection of the characters, it gives the reader a humorous but shocking clichÃ© on how small the world is.
Yes itâ€™s filled with violence, sex, lies, betrayal and all those good elements which one would consider is an urban fiction, but the bottom line is that those elements donâ€™t short change the reader into another too short, undisrupted, and unrealistic street tale. Truly, you can kick up your feet and watch this movie on paper unfold in your mind as you read Frost Bite.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Frost Bite getting out to the public?
DI: Well, thatâ€™s on you and the general public to realize a diamond in the rough! But seriously, some would consider Frost Bite is a reflection of the life I once lived. Of course, some areas were exaggerated. For the most part it’s so easy to identify with because you can envision it to be someoneâ€™s actual life.
The public is tired of make believe stories. Theyâ€™re tired of people going school, becoming COâ€™s then proclaiming to be a gangster. You can dissect Frost Bite for what it is and do your homework on me and what Iâ€™ve been through and realize the authenticity in it and come to just two conclusions.
This has to be based on him or heâ€™s one hell of a writer. If you go to one of these other urban fiction writers and do the same, it just doesnâ€™t add up when you do a background check on that individual author. Yeah, theyâ€™ve been locked up or what have you, but they go to jail for credit cards but write about drug kingpins.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Frost Bite?
DI: Well, when I wrote Frost Bite, I was incarcerated. I had nothing but time and hardly any distractions. So it took me about eight months to pen out. I take it old school with writing: Intro/Body/Conclusion. I start with the beginning, the middle, and ending, then fill in the in between.
I do that so I’ll know the middle of the story just as well as how itâ€™ll end. I use that format because Iâ€™ve realized how descriptive I can be. Description takes up a lot of space. If youâ€™re zoned out your story can go anywhere, and I donâ€™t want it to lose the reader.
JP: Whatâ€™s next for D.I. and Madd Mindz Pubishing?
DI: Well the next stop is Black Dayz: The Filroy Black Story. Then Iâ€™m putting out The Code. After that, Frost Bite 2 will be unleashed. I have quite a few novels already done, about 6 in total. Iâ€™m working with other writers as well, which will be released under Madd Mindz Publishing. Iâ€™ve been talking to a few people about a possible movie on Frost Bite.