Fast Lane by Eyonne WilliamsReading in the Fast Lane

by Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti
Urban Book Source
December 2007


Eyone Williams, author of Fast Lane, was born and bred from a long line of hustlers who have held it down in the Northeast for generations. Eyone’s life took a wrong turn at the age of 16 when he was convicted of a second-degree murder charge and sentenced to 15 years to life. Now in his thirteenth year of confinement, the 29-year-old author, is causing more drama in the Chocolate City; this time on a positive note. Booksellers in the D.C. area can't keep his novel, Fast Lane, on shelves. This tale of the streets blended with the events of Eyone's youth and what he observed around him, has readers yearning for more. The author who's been featured in Feds magazine and writes true-life gangster features for Don Diva has now given The Urban Book Source the exclusive on his recent success with his novel, Fast Lane.

What kind of picture do you paint with your novel?
Eyone:
I take the reader deep into the streets of D.C., during the height of the crack-era. I show what was really going on and how those events hit home with the players in the game. In the streets like anywhere else, there are good people and bad people, people with dreams and people that want nothing out of life. I put it all in the story as I know them to be.

Is there a moral to the story?
Eyone:
Yes. No matter where we come from or what we've been through it's always room from growth and change. At the same time, we must watch who we allow to get close to us because, what's in a man heart is unseen until his actions are shown. Nevertheless, one will see, from reading Fast Lane, that there's a price to pay for everything in life.

How has Fast Lane been accepted so far?
Eyone:
With open arms! People write me and hit me on the Myspace all the time telling me how much they love the book and how they smiled and cried at certain parts. That's the love that keeps me writing. In the first three weeks Fast Lane began to sell out in book stores; it made the Don Diva bestseller list; and now it's national in book stores across the country. The love is strong and I'm grateful. I can't wait for the fans to get my next book—Hell Razor Honeys!

With so many authors writing urban books, what makes Fast Lane different?
Eyone:
It's realistic. It shows the ups and downs of street life on all levels, not just the good. You get the tears, the hope for better; You see how the mothers and the family are affected by the actions of the youths that they love.

How'd you hook up with Darren Coleman and Nvision Publishing?
Eyone:
Fast Lane was put out on an independent tip through Fast Lane Publication with no distribution, but began to pick up in sales through word of mouth. Darren Coleman had a bestseller out at the time—Do or Die—and he was on the grind. Since he's from my area in D.C., I reached out to him and he loved the book and wanted to take it national. The rest is history.

What's next for you?
Eyone:
I have a book called Lorton Legends coming soon and another book called Money Ain't Everything, they are both based on true events. Lorton Legends is a story of struggle set inside prison back in the 70's coming all the way up to the present day, the tale is the true story behind a drug gang that had the longest trial in D.C. history. I'm taking the "street lit" thing to another level by fictionalizing real street stories.

For more information on Eyone Williams visit:
www.myspace.com/eyone30 or www.fastlanepub.com

Related features/articles:
Eyone Williams: Hell Razor Honeys
Breaking Out


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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