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Allbook Reviews Best Mystery/Thriller of 2008 Award Winner Johnnie Bunting, author of Enterprise Corruption
Enterprise Corruption is the fast-paced, action-packed novel. Tammuz and his two friends go on a quest to get rich. The quest includes robbery, extortion, and prostitution. Tammuz puts his girlfriend through a test to prove her loyalty, and the results casts them into a downward spinning spiral of lust, lies, and murder!
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Enterprise Corruption?
Johnnie Bunting: I wanted to put together an Urban classic, but I didn’t want to sound like a lot of the Urban titles which use names of old songs or urban phrases. I wanted the title to be catchy, yet have meaning behind it. Enterprise Corruption was the perfect name for it since it’s an urban crime novel. Enterprise Corruption is actually the name of a criminal charge under New York State’s Penal Law. It’s sort of like New York’s version of the Rico Law.
JP: Many people might perceive the creation of this novel as an attempt to glorify criminal activities. What was your personal goal in writing and publishing this novel?
JB: Many people do write novels that glorify criminal activities. This is part of the reason why I started writing the Urban Crime Mysteries. My goal is to give readers a look into the lives of criminals which involves their home lives and their basis/logic/lessons for getting into the criminal life. I also aim to teach a valuable lesson of law and the consequences of the criminal activities that my characters commit. I show the sides from the police and the prosecutors point of views and have crimes affect the family members and loved ones.
JP: What did you learn from the process of writing and publishing Son of Solomon that you were able to use to make Enterprise Corruption a better novel?
JB: I learned that the publishing business is no joke, and a publisher and/or author has to do a lot of promotion to sell books. I won an Award for Best Mystery/Thriller of 2008 by Allbooks Reviews for Son of Solomon. I relaxed on promotion, and the bootleggers took over. That lesson taught me to promote Enterprise Corruption as much as I can through as many venues as I can because if I don’t there’s someone who won’t mind making money off of my work.
As far as writing the books, I’ve learned that readers appreciate novels that are multidimensional. I’ve had quite a few people comment and compliment me on the romance aspect to Son of Solomon. Enterprise Crime is a crime mystery, but I also have a romantic aspect in it. We all need a little love in our lives. As long as I don’t overdo it, the romance only makes the book a better overall story.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Enterprise Corruption?
JB: I think of a story and put at least two different obstacles for the main character(s). This will be my plot and subplot. I make a list of characters with their physical description, traits, habits, etc. Then I make an outline on how I want the story to progress chapter by chapter. This helps me to push the story along. Every chapter has a purpose and a point to get across that will entertain and push the story. It took me close to eight months from start to finish on Enterprise Corruption.
JP: What’s next for Johnnie Bunting?
JB: I am striving to publish a book which will feature poems and inspirational writings from myself and other prisoners called Letters, Lyrics, and Life Behind the Wall, and I am working on an autobiography and memoir book called Adaptations: The Story of a Loser. I have two debut authors to be published by my company, Krhyme Publishing, Inc. (Lorenzo Ross, Addiction; and Jonathan Dobey, You Can’t Be Serious) I have a screenplay penned for Son of Solomon, and I’m just starting to do a sequel to Son of Solomon.
In my free time I’ll still do interviews for promotion and speak to the youth about prison life and the importance of staying out of trouble and staying in school.
For orders, fan mail, questions, write to:
Krhyme Publishing, Inc.
Attn: Mr. Johnnie Bunting
PO BOX 1090
Yonkers, NY 10704
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