Anthony FieldsAnthony Fields: Street Bangers

by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
November 2008

After being sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, Anthony Fields discovered his gift of writing. Chronicling his life stories and experiences, rave reviews from his family and friends encouraged him to seek a publisher, which he did, and so began his promising literary career. Best known for the street lit classic Angel. He later went on to author Bossy and Ghostface Killaz, street bangers in their own right. Now Anthony calls The Cartel Publications his literary home. Read on to see what Anthony has to say and make sure you look out for his new releases.

Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Anthony Fields and I am from the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.

How did you start writing and why?
I started writing after I was convicted of my current charge. I was in a D.C. Jail and frustrated about my situation. I was on 23-hour lockdown for several assaults. With a lot of free time on my hands, I got a few pencils and some paper and wrote my autobiography. After completing it in months, I decided to put it under wraps. I decided that the world would not be interested in my life story because they didn't know me. A few months later I was transferred to the Feds. At Terre Haute, anthony fields quoteI was becoming more and more frustrated. Writing became my salve on an open wound. I formatted a storyline about a female growing up in D.C. and taking over the drug game. I entitled it "Fallen Angel." I wrote a little everyday to maintain my sanity. It was my release, my escape.

What books do you have out and when where they released?
I currently have three books in print: Ghostface Killaz, Bossy (which I co-wrote with Crystal Perkins-Stell) and Angel.

Angel came out first in July of 2006 and reached the Essence best sellers list. Bossy was released in February of 2007 and Ghostface Killaz was released 60 days later in April of 2007.

Describe your books and writing style?
I would describe my books as urban street tales. My writing style is one that I can't explain. I write in first person and third person. I try to be original. My newscast scenes are my trademark. My writing style is reality based and hood.

How have readers reacted to your books?
For the most part readers accepted Angel and took that book to the highest peaks. Ghostface Killaz was received well by those that could get a copy. The publisher didn't put a lot of resources into the development, promotion, and marketing of the book.

What authors do you admire and what books have you read lately?
I recently read Eric Jerome Dickey's Sleeping with Strangers and Waking with Enemies. They were great reads. I read a book entitled Raised by the Game by Antonio Graham and enjoyed it. I also read your joint Street Legends which was informative. I need to get a copy of Prison Stories as well.

I also recently read label mates Jason Poole's Victoria's Secret and Eyone Williams', Hell Razor Honeys. I admire Eric Jerome Dickey, Al-Saadiq Banks, Quentin Carter, K'wan, and Kwame Teague as male authors. Storm, Zane, and Tushonda Whitaker, they represent for the females.

What do you think of the street lit genre?
I think highly of street lit. This genre has given me a platform to express my creativity and I'm grateful. It's growing and people are jumping on the bandwagon daily. But I also believe that the street lit game is saturated with bullshit!

How did you get hooked up with your past publishers?
I sent a letter in 2004 telling referencing Fallen Angel. The publisher wrote back and asked for the manuscript. I sent it and I was contacted and we worked out a deal.

What type of deal did you get and how do you feel about it now?
When I first spoke to them, I had no idea how good the book really was. Or what it was worth. They made me an offer and I took it. They dropped the "Fallen" and released my book as Angel.

What do you think about the shady publishing deals and gossip coming out?
I applaud Kwame Teague and Caleb Alexander. They deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. These publishers need to be exposed for the frauds that they are. How can they look into the mirror, knowing their blatant wrongdoings? The readers and authors have all been hoodwinked. I read the reviews and people really believe that these publishers are actually writing. It's sad! Kwame and Caleb did the game some. I respect both of those brothers. Big ups to Kwame Teague and Caleb Alexander.

What's next for you?
I am now with The Cartel Publications. I will be heading up an exclusive new line with the release of my novel.

Any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice to aspiring authors would be to be persistent in your quest to become published. Don't let anybody tell you that your work is not good enough. For every door that closes, they say a window opens. So keep writing and keep doing what you need to do to achieve your goals. If all else fails, self publish.

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Posted 2029 days ago
when can we expect Angel 2 PLEASE PLEASE THE STREETS NEED IT
Posted 3580 days ago
Zanya A :
Posted 3580 days ago
@ STOP THE FAKE NAMES. Xanya let's start with you.
Stop Fake Names- Xanya B. :
Posted 3586 days ago
P.S., AND GET RID OF THIS Anthony CAT, He's trouble!
Stop Fake Names- Xanya B. :
Posted 3586 days ago
"In the game" and "Just In" are definitely the same person. You're an author right? If you're not an author, you're probably a jealous azz publisher or Publicist. I happen to own several book stores and T. Styles is doin' it down here. Do you know her or somethin'? You keep sayin' "Broken Promises", so I gotta know...has she broken a promise to you? Or did your manuscript end up being trashed and not even looked at? Stop hiding behind fake names. Say who you are. Then maybe people will believe you. Cause from what I can see, she's killin' in the game right now! This from a store owner in Atlanta who can't keep her books in stock. LOL! They movin' like crazy. The bottom line is this, get you some business and stop hatin' on others. T. Styles if you're readin' this, keep doin' what you do, cause it's most certainly workin'!
Just In :
Posted 3596 days ago
The Cartel Publications? Like what the fuck??? Be careful with this "urban" publishers.
In the game :
Posted 3611 days ago
"Guess what" your right, shady publishing started with the biggers. And they are still controlling the hand that feeds us. That's why I think it is suicide on our part to be robbing eachother. Whether it's distribution or publishing, we're still going to the "man" in some capacity. They never give us our cut, they are skimmers. That is why we have to start and succeed in our own businesses. The more we rob eachother the less we realize they are robbing us. And, the only thing that happens to those of us that speak up about it is we are alienated from our own and the "man". We have to establish a respect for eachother in regards to unity and prosperity for our own people. This has been our downfall since freedon rang.
In the game :
Posted 3611 days ago
T. Styles is he serious? She is broke! She is barely making it, no product....low sales. She is trying to do what VS is doing but has no real dollars to work with. He best to believe anything she makes off his work he will ONLY get a low fraction of the proceeds. She is not up and coming....she is down and on her way out....No hating, the people who know what is really going on know what it is. Her broken promises have been coming to light for a couple of months now. In business a broken promise is as good as "YOU OWE ME $". Do your research, get out there and talk to people in the business. Game is game.....recognize it!
guess what?? :
Posted 3619 days ago
Shady publishing practices did not start with Teri Woods and Vickie Stringer (trust me, they are not that smart). These issues are ones authors being dealing with before ever urban fiction emerged.
Urban fiction authors are just the first to be so outspoken about it.
I think poeple need to REALLY understand this buisness before jumping in.



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