JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Nati Holmes, author of Can’t Knock The Hustle
Luther Del Vega, AKA Lu, takes you on a journey reliving his childhood and the events that lead up to his own fate as he sits dying from a gunshot wound. While the reader knows the demise of the lead character from the inception of the book, it doesn’t stop you from pulling for him at every turn.
From a tumultuous childhood where he is abandoned by his drug addicted mother and forced to fend for himself and his siblings to his reunion with his mother later in his childhood to his induction into a life of crime and going in and out of prison Can’t Knock The Hustle is a true page-turner.
While in prison, Lu is transformed from learning about his African heritage and culture even changing his name to become a man he truly wants and tries to be in the music business. On the streets, Lu enrolls in college and takes up with a past flame. But his past life catches up with him pitting his love against him in a war they never saw coming.
Can’t Knock The Hustle is a story that is true to many living in the hoods across America. It is a story about real life and making choices and wrestling with change. It paints a vivid portrait of how a dysfunctional family affects a child’s decision making and life view.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Can’t Knock The Hustle?
Nati Holmes: The inspiration for Can’t Knock The Hustle came from my life. The way I was living was worth words. When you experience the things that some people in the inner-cities around the world experience, I think that anyone could agree that you went through enough trials to share with the next person.
JP: What sets Can’t Knock The Hustle apart from other books in the same genre?
N.H.: My writing style differs from the others because I write with a more conscious mind-set, yet I do not preach to my audience. I’m really from the streets. I’m speaking for those really from the streets.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Can’t Knock The Hustle getting out to the public?
N.H.: Just grinding and going dumb-hard in the untraditional fashion. I stuck to the streets, and the streets have a voice. Word of mouth is crazy. So, the keys to my success is just going to work 24/7.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Can’t Knock The Hustle?
N.H.: It only took me like one and a half month to complete my first project. I was in prison, and I had nothing but time on my hands in there.
JP: What’s next for Nati Holmes?
N.H.: I just signed a deal with Augustus Publishing, so we are putting together my new project over there. Late summer, I will be releasing two new novels under my company Hustle Hard Publications from two new authors I signed as well as an anthology.
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