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K'wan

 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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    A book trailer for Gutter, bestselling author K'wan's explosive sequel to Gangsta.

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Q & A

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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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

From Scottish Scones and Cupid's Cupcakes to Grandma's Hamentaschen, Halloween Haystacks and Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie -- this a wonderful collection of fun, family-friendly dessert recipes from around...

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Wild Cherry

K'wan

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 pay anymore. ...

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The Leak

K'wan

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, raised up by a man...

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Gettin' Merry

Francis Ray, Beverly Jenkins, Monica Jackson, Geri Guillaume

Four of today's hottest romance writers invite you to come home for the holidays, where the spicy smells from the kitchen, the warm embrace of family, and the gifts of Kwanzaa are just the beginning...

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