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Erick S. Gray

Erick S. Gray is the author of Money Power Respect, Ghetto Heaven, It's Like Candy, and Nasty Girls. He lives in Queens, New York, and is currently at work on his next novel.

Q & A

1. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read, write, and I’m a movie fanatic. I stay at the movies on a regular basis,  and I’ve seen almost every movie out in theaters or I’ll buy DVD’s and stay at home relaxing. I used to play ball, but since I’ve started my writing career I’ve been too busy to hit the courts. My daughter and I hang out a lot. I also love to play pool, hustle my books for that paper and I used to be a playboy. Lol. I’m trying to hang up that title. I put it all in my  books now.  If y’all would have asked me this question a year or two ago, I would have told you that I chase skirts in my free time. Lol. But I’m getting older and wiser…or am I?
 
2. What kind of music do you like to listen to? Why?
I like to listen to all kinds of music—except for country. Don’t ask me why, but that’s really the only genre of music I don’t listen to.  But I love R&B and hip-hop, and you know rap, too—even though not every rapper can rap. I like hip-hop because it can put me in a mood for one of my stories and helps me with my writing. I can throw on a Mary J. Blige track or a Nas album and I’ll be swimming with ideas for my next book. I feel like hip-hop, rap, and urban books tell the same thing. But a book is just more in-depth.
 
3. What's your all time favorite movie? Why?
I told y’all on the first question that I’m a movie fanatic. But I have a few movies that are my all-time favorites. To name a few, Boyz n theHood comes first. Fantastic film about young adults trying to grow and survive in South Central, L.A.  Friday and The Waterboy because I love to laugh and these two flicks are hilarious. And last, but definitely not least, Training Day. I also gotta say Titanic—yeah, yeah, I know.  But to see all those people drown on that boat…it was so sad. And I love the romance between Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet.  Now if y’all would have asked what my favorite television show was, my answer would have definitely been The Wire. I love the writing, the cast, and everything about that show is so real.
 
4. What's your all time favorite novel and/or writer? Why?
Okay, here we go again. Now it’s hard to pick an all time favorite writer for me, since I read a lot—but to name one, James Patterson.  He’s a phenomenal writer. His books, Roses are Red, Cat and Mouse, and Violets are Blue, one of my all time favorites. I love Alex Cross’ character. James Patterson books put me in a world of suspense and crime that always have me in awe and shock. Now on an urban side of things, I gotta give it to Michael Baisden and Mark Anthony.  The Maintenance Man and Men Cry in the Dark were two books that I couldn’t put down. And with Mark Anthony’s Paper Chasers and Lady’s Night, the way he writes about Queens was too real. Reading Paper Chasers made me hyped, because I knew the spots he was writing about in his books. And Lady’s Night, it felt like I was in a movie.
 
5. What do you like best about being a writer?
I like being able to express myself. I’m able to create my own world, my own characters and bring them to life in a story. I’m in control. I can do whatever I want in a book, there’s no limit.  I love expressing my feelings and thoughts about certain situations, things, and events in a book. It’s fun being able to tell about a world, whether it is about drugs, the ghetto, a bad or good relationship, or fantasy through characters’ eyes and have readers become engrossed in something you created from scratch or was just an idea or spark in your mind not too long ago.
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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Nasty Girls

Erick S. Gray

Camille, Jade, and Shy are best friends and have always had each other’s backs. Jade and Shy’s boyfriends, Roscoe and James, are partners in a lucrative drug business, but one...

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It's Like Candy

Erick S. Gray

Beautiful River joins a stick-up crew, but she doesn't know that Big Red and Twinkie have a secret that even she's not in on. When she falls in love with Eric, one of her victims, all she...

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