Intimate Conversation with VegasClarke

Intimate Conversation with VegasClarke
Hosted by Ella Curry, Black Pearls Magazine

Authors, VegasClarke demonstrate that opposites attract. VEGAS entered a life of crime beginning at the age of thirteen. Selling drugs was all he came to know which finally landed him a 78-month sentence in the Federal Prison System. During his incarceration, he was able to cope with his time and mature through writing. He put his heart into manifesting urban tales, poetry, and songs. He is currently pursuing his degree in Business Administration and working on the sequel to Snitch. Vegas believes that it is never too late to change his life. On the other hand, in order to change, one has to be willing to change he often tells his fan base.

CLARKE developed a passion for writing while becoming an avid reader of all kinds of fiction. Once Vegas and Clarke were reunited, they were able to combine Vegas’ street smarts and Clarke’s school smarts, creating literary magic while focusing on real-life realities. Clarke graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Communications Studies with a minor in Pan-African Studies. Since then she has changed fields and works in Corporate America, where she is working on a Masters in Business Administration. 

VegasClarke spend time working on future novels while residing in Cleveland, Ohio with their two children. Visit their website for more details and event listings: http://www.vegasclarke.com. 

Listen to the 2011 LCB Book Launch Party, here: http://bit.ly/h4Z3KJ

BPM: Finish this sentence- “Our writing offers the following legacy to future readers…”
Our writing offers the following legacy to future readers…because it is a tale of history repeating itself. There will be many more Drapes, Shorty’s, and Dionas in the future. Our writing offers a sense of realism with street credibility. Being though we are a writing duo, readers can anticipate always getting the female and male perspective of things.

BPM: What specific situation prompted you to write your book, SNITCH?
Vegas- Quentin Carter and I were cell mates in prison so while watching him write his book, Hoodwinked it inspired me. I also wanted to write about things that people could relate to in my community.

Clarke- I wanted to write about things that women could relate to and raise awareness about the issues that women go through. While dealing with certain situations, women have to maintain their dignity and strength at all times.

Check out the SNITCH video book introduction, here: http://bit.ly/exeRWB

BPM: Introduce us to your book, SNITCH, and the main characters. 
Our novel, appropriately titled SNITCH discusses what goes on in the real world when many people are caught up and their backs are against the wall. Some of us have to make a decision on whether to snitch or not. Many times, people snitch on their closest friends, even family. 

SNITCH is a sexy urban tale that will make you think twice about who you can trust. It all begins with César Lopez aka Drape, a savvy street hustler who thinks he’s on top of the world. He has no plans of relinquishing his crown as King Pen of the Streets; but the love of his life Diona has a different agenda. 

The drug game becomes a gamble when fast money, sex, and violence all collide and the chips fall hard. In comes Shorty, a gangsta chick with a bodacious body ready to betray anyone who threatens her livelihood. Love, trust, and loyalty are tested in this wild tale of sex and deception. Eventually, Drape’s back is against the wall and classified information gets exposed. Soon, no one know what side they’re on …but best believe they’ll pay a hefty price; jail time or death. Who will be this hustler’s downfall? 

The main characters are Drape, Shorty, and Diona. Drape is a guy who is from the streets and heads a crew called the Scrilla Boys. Drape is attractive, has money, cars, but he lets the streets get the best of him. 

Shorty is Drape’s ride or die chick, which has been in love with him for years. She is willing to do anything for Drape; however she can’t understand why he won’t make a commitment to her. Of course in real life, there’s always a woman lurking somewhere just waiting to scoop your man up! 

Diona, Drape’s main lady aka “wifey,” comes from the suburbs and happens to fall in love with a “bad boy,” going against the wishes of her family. She endures many lonely nights, cheating and being left alone with a baby. Even though she is not from the streets, she deals with much drama because of the streets.

BPM: Are your characters in SNITCH from the portrayal of real people?
They were based on a conglomeration of different people, except Drape. We took different people and meshed them all together to create three dimensional characters. It’s kind of like taking four people and creating the one perfect mate (smile).

BPM: What specific issues do you address in this book?
The tactics used by police officials to catch criminals are horrific, but they’re real. From reading this book you’ll be able to spot sneaky cops a mile away. We’ll collect our tip money later (smile). In addition, the betrayal vs. loyalty factor is huge. It addresses and relates to different types of relationships; husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, best friends, and the list goes on.

BPM: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
We want more than anything for readers to gain awareness about true friendship as well as being entertained and fulfilled at the end of the book. We want the readers to think about our characters as if they’re real and wonder what will happen next.

BPM: What makes SNITCH different from others on the same subject?
Well, I don’t really know personally the other authors who have written novels about this topic, however what can be said is this I have lived in the gutter my whole life and have committed many crimes. So I know one thing for sure,  I have been snitched on and my credibility is rather high for the nature of content for this book (Vegas). 

Even though it is fiction, this book is also different because many other authors are out of touch with what really goes on in the streets and the reality. In order to raise awareness, people want to be able to relate in some type of way, no matter how big or small.

BPM: How can our readers reach you both online? 
Readers can contact us on facebook/vegasclarkeauthors, twitter/vegsclarke, our website at: http://www.vegasclarke.com and our email is: vegasclarke@vegasclarke.com or vegasclarke@rocketmail.com.   

Order SNITCH by VegasClarke  Today!
ISBN-10: 1934230766 
ISBN-13: 978-1934230763
http://www.amazon.com/Snitch-VegasClarke/dp/1934230766 

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