JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Mike Jefferies, author of A Life For A Life
(Wahida Clark Presents)
Drako, after being released from serving nearly a 10-year bid, is finally reunited with his friend, Wiz. Wiz is now the CEO of a very lucrative and infamous record label, Red Rum Records.
Now seeing millions of dollars thrown around and being tossed back into a world of temptations, Drako is faced with a decision to wait on his the legit way or exploit the temptations he mastered back in federal prison.
This fast-paced, cut-throat tale is filled with glitz, glamour and mayhem. Both friendships and allegiances will be tested in a way that can only lead to a bloody and ultimate reality.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write A Life For A Life?
Mike Jefferies: Because of my love for Hip-Hop culture, inspiration to write this book came easily. I always wanted to pen a great story that took place in the heart of Hip-Hop. It just felt natural.
JP: What sets A Life For A Life apart from other books in the same genre?
MJ: I’ve never read a book with the main character so close to the industry. Also the incorporation of the white collar crimes along with the Hip-Hop scandals takes the reader to a different place while staying Urban at the same time.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to A Life For A Life getting out to the public?
MJ: Passion over everything! I stay true to my craft and genre. The first thing to do is write a good book! I don’t try to tackle fantasy, vampire books or murder mysteries because they make money. I write what I know: Urban Fiction. I focus on making easy-to-follow relatable plots my readers can’t put down.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish A Life For A Life?
MJ: I think of what topics are hot, then I visualize what characters would propel a good story. After settling on a good concept, I usually write out the first chapter and the last. Then, I go back and bridge the gap in between. I structure as much as I can along the way.
You’ll always get to use your intuitive gifts to color and dialogue as you go. By the time you reach the climax again, you’ll tweak it into the explosion you’d always hoped for. It took me about three months to finish A Life for a Life. If I have the full concept and stay at it until I chase the story out of my head, I have been known to pen a complete draft in as little as 26 days.
JP: What’s next for Mike Jefferies?
MJ: The sequel to A Life For A Life, subtitled The Ultimate Reality, is up next. It’s by far one of my favorite writes. Not only does the vicious and ongoing waxwar threaten to spill out of the booths and into the streets, but here you also get the full meaning of the title. It’s an unforgettable climax you won’t believe!
I have several other completed novels to follow. I don’t want to drop my hot title names just yet, but there’s a lot more drama and an epic erotic thriller that’s sure to be a banger!
I’m a constant work-in-progress and as long as my readers are feeling me and hitting me with reviews and fan mail, Ima’ keep puttin’ out. I want to be the author you can always depend on for relevant and hot new releases. Thanks for your support and reviews.
You can visit me on http://www.wclarkpublishing.com