K'wan

K'WAN is the #1 Essence bestselling author of Welfare Wifeys, Section 8, Gutter, Still Hood, Hood Rat, and others. He wrote his first novel, Gangsta, as a therapeutic release, and it went on to become an Essence bestseller and a part of urban-lit history. In 2008 he received the Black Author of the Year Award from Black Press Radio. He has been featured in Time, KING, The New York Press, and on MTV and BET. Besides an author, K’wan is also a motivational speaker, a mentor to at-risk children and the C.E.O of Black Dawn, Inc. He lives in New Jersey.


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1. What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I write and I interact with my daughters. Whenever I can sneak and do it, I read.
 
2. What kind of music do you like to listen to? Why?
I listen to a little bit of everything from old school to rap to R&B to Blues. I like the diversity. You can’t overload yourself with too much of one thing at a time, so I try to switch it up.
 
3. What's your all time favorite movie? Why?
The Godfather Part I. On the exterior of The Godfather what you see is the gangster lifestyle, but it was more about the family. That’s what really kept you involved with the movie. Beneath it all, Vito Corleone wanted his family to be pure, but outside forces prevented it.
 
4. What's your all time favorite novel and/or writer? Why?
Whoreson by Donald Goines is my favorite novel. It shows how an innocent child was taken and corrupted—not because of what his mother did, but what his environment did to him. Sometimes where you’re from determines who you become. My favorite writers are Donald Goines and Anne Rice because of the way they write. Anne Rice takes vampires and makes them beautiful and compassionate creatures. She makes you care about them. Donald Goines, because he takes the most wicked places and shows you the beauty in them. He shows you the beauty beneath the ugliness. Both authors influence my style of writing.
 
5. What do you like best about being a writer?
Creative freedom and not conforming to a routine.
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Wild Cherry

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

In Wild Cherry by K'wan, Gina is married to a man who more than takes good care of her, but her life of luxury comes with a price that she’s not sure she can...


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The Leak

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

The Leak is a complimentary short prequel story that leads into K'wan's hit novel, Welfare Wifeys. Learn how Animal got his start as a child of the streets,...


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Eviction Notice

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

When three young friends, Porsha, Frankie and Sahara, decide to sublease an apartment from a mutual acquaintance, life becomes one big party for the girls. But...


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Welfare Wifeys

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

After the deaths and arrests of his entire crew and an informant-fueled investigation into his past, the man known on the streets as Animal relocates to Texas...


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Flirt

Tracy Brown, K'wan, and Angel Mitchell
St. Martin's Griffin

From the biggest names in urban fiction comes a collection of unforgettably hot short stories of urban love. Flirting with Disaster by Tracy Brown Chloe...


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Section 8

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

Since she was a little girl, Tionna's on and off addicted mother taught her to get hers by any means necessary. Tionna's heart is as cold as a December chill,...


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Gutter

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

The explosive sequel to GANGSTA has finally arrived! Blood answers for blood on the streets of Harlem. It’s been months since Lou-loc was brutally murdered on...


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Still Hood

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

Only the strong survie on the streets of Brooklyn. And while Dena Jones definitely has what it takes not only to survive but to succeed, she wants out. And...


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Hood Rat

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

Hood Rat (n.): A woman of questionable repute, one who has been known to "get around" in the 'hood. Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her...


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Eve
Eve

K’wan
St. Martin's Griffin

The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age...


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Hoodlum

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan. Born to one of the city’s most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed...


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Street Dreams

K'wan
St. Martin's Griffin

Love, Betrayal and Loyalty on the Streets of Harlem Daruis, a.k.a. Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, feels he has nothing to hold on to...


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