JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Rahiem Brooks, author of Murder In Germantown
(Prodigy Publishing Group)
On a dark January morning, Wydell James was arrested for killing several people attending a party in Germantown: a section of North Philadelphia. Now he’s in a jail cell with no one to turn to, but his childhood friend, Ravonne Lemmelle.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Murder In Germantown?
Rahiem Brooks: I have a true passion for legal thrillers: Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason, Law and Order. I wanted to create a character that was born and raised in the ghetto, yet goes on to Stanford and Harvard Universities. I also wanted to cover legal theories and show some factual scenarios to entertain people who also loves legal thrillers.
JP: What sets Murder In Germantown apart from other books in the same genre?
RB: Murder in Germantown stars an interesting main character, Ravonne Lemmelle. He is sarcastic, witty, and gay.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Murder In Germantown getting out to the public?
RB: I am determined to effectively move into the upper echelon of authors. To do that, I pay very close to the details, trends, and what’s best to do that meticulously.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Murder In Germantown?
RB: I finished writing Murder in Germantown in 45 days. I write daily, no less than 2,000 words, typically more. I do story maps and story outlines, so the writing process is very smooth.
Because I write mysteries and plot driven novels, I do not let characters run the show which typically takes place in a character driven novel. The plots in my novels are clear and concise. There’s no room to change the slightest detail, or I risk having to change clues and facts.
JP: What’s next for Rahiem Brooks?
RB: Next for me is a novel, Truth Lies and Confessions, which I am adapting from a screenplay by Kevin Woodard. The next installment in my Bezel Brother Series, Last Laugh. I am also working on plotting a romantic comedy, Mr. & Mrs. Out-of-Towner.
I am also the creator of the Prodigy Publishing Group Urban Literary Awards. Visit http://www.urbanliteraryawards.com.
I also have a book review page on Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/ProdigyBookReviews