Hell Razor Honeys
by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
Cartel Publications is doing it. T. Styles, the CEO of Cartel, is coming at you straight out of the Chocolate City. The Triple Crown alumni decided to get her Teri Woods on and put Washington D.C. a.k.a. Drama City on the map in the book game and she has with her new slate of releases. First she got down with her homie, Jason Poole, the Essence Bestselling author of Larceny and Convicts Candy, to bring you that new street banger, Victoria's Secret. And now Cartel Publications is putting out DC native and author of the page-turner Fast Lane, Eyone Williams' latest effort—Hell Razor Honeys.
The incarcerated author currently on lock in the feds is one of the new breed of street lit authors who brings it to you real and raw from behind the fences. There's no studio gangsta in Eyone's flow and it shows. Hell Razor Honeys is like that. Eyone's pen game is sharp, drastic, and concise. Watch out when you read Hell Razor Honeys because for real, you might get cut. But don't let us tell you; get it straight from Eyone himself. From the penitentiary to Urban Book Source; that's how we do it people, ain't no faking it.
Why have you changed publishers for your second book, Hell Razor Honeys?
My first book Fast Lane was published by Darren Coleman's Nvision Publishing. It made the Don Diva (DD) bestseller list and it got my name out there. For that I'm grateful. Darren Coleman saw something in me. However, I'm sitting on a number of books and I want to get them out. When I was ready to put out Hell Razor Honeys Nvision wasn't ready so I got back on the grind for a new deal. Cartel Publications was talking real good and the CEO, T. Styles, fell in love with HRH. She read the manuscript and signed me in less than two weeks.
How did you get your manuscript in the hands of T. Styles?
Jason Poole, the bestselling author of Larceny and Victoria's Secret, is a close comrade of mine and he put me down with T. Styles. He put a good word in for me and the manuscript did the rest. I'm sure it helped that Fast Lane was a bestseller.
Where did the idea for HRH come from?
In D.C. girls run in crews and a lot of them go hard for real. I was reading in The Washington Post back in 2005 how these girl crews were getting locked up and running the streets beefin' like dudes. The paper named Most Wanted Honeys, KO Honeys, X-Rated Honeys, Fuck 'em Up Honeys, Pussy Pound and a few others. By reading about the girl crews in the Post I came up with Hell Razor Honeys and took it from there. I drew from my memory of how the old First and Kennedy Street Honeys used to be when I went to school with them in the 90s.
Why name it Hell Razor Honeys?
I wanted to have a crew of girls that were hell raisers, girls that didn't play games in the streets. So it was going to be Hell Raiser Honeys at first, but since they carry razors I thought it would add a good touch to call it Hell Razor Honeys.
How is HRH different from Fast Lane?
First of all, I held it down for the ladies this go-round. I kept it gangsta, but I made sure the ladies and the dudes could feel it. I really grew as a writer. I put love and relationships in the book as well as street drama. I went outside of D.C. a lot. I made a strong effort to keep conflict in the plot to keep readers turning pages. Aside from that, HRH is a better book in my eyes.
Are any of the events in HRH based on real life?
I made it all up. However, I have a lot of young homies here with me that tell me a lot of stories about how the girl crews carry things in the streets. I build on those ideas many times. Also in the late 90s, a crew of girls from my hood was caught up in a street beef where guns were fired (so I'm told), so I used a few of those stories.
What's next for you?
Right now I'm finishing HRH II: 'Til Death Do Us Part. That's my main focus. At the same time I'm polishing up two other novels through my editor (Renita M. Walker). Those novels are Money Ain't Everything and Lorton Legends. I'm working on a screenplay about D.C. street legend Wayne Perry. I'm also working on a street DVD with Cartel about the First and Kennedy Street Crew. It goes without saying that I'm still writing about street legends for DD. It's all about putting that work in with me. Last but not least The Cartel is starting a magazine called The Scoop and I'm the editor-in-chief, so I'm very focused on that.
Order Hell Razor Honeys and other Cartel books at: www.thecartelpublications.com
Write to Eyone directly at:
Eyone Williams 06076-007
P.O. Box 6000
Glenville, West Virginia 26351
Eyone Williams: Fastlane
Seth Ferranti is a contributing writer for The Urban Book Source and accomplished journalist having written articles for Don Diva, Slam, King, Feds and many more. View more of his articles at: www.gorillaconvict.com
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