From the age of 13, Jarold Imes has been blessing his readers with one of a kind, mind opening reads, centered around the social issues our men and women face.
Jarold, a fixture of hope and courage, has been belittled by many critics who call his work childish, but this has not stopped this born again Christian from realizing his dreams. In 2001 Jarold launched his own publishing company, releasing Never Too Much and The Rhyme, The Story and Me continuing on to launch his first webdrama “GETBACK-The Drama” later in the year. Since then Jarold has gone on to produce three additional webdramas including “Hold on Be Strong” a spin off of his popular novel, and two additional novels including Worth Fighting 4.
Currently Imes is working on his second Christian themed work, Saved for the Summer, an anthology of short stories, and is an active contributor for Urban Book Battles, and Middle Child Promotions.
UBS: You are currently the President and Editor in Chief of Vic Mar Publications that has 4 imprints the author of six novels. With so much on your plate, how do you find the time to write?
UBS: Both of your published books have very positive messages in them. What do you hope to achieve with your literature?
UBS: You recently posted an article written by a person in opposition of Urban Fiction. What would you say to those who are bashing urban literature?
Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the few people who defend us and our rights to say what we want and do what we want, but I got to. I’m used to representing the voiceless, the often seen but not always heard. By not responding or commenting on things I KNOW folks have said about us as writers and as people (because we are people first) and this genre, I validate and give them permission to let them shape and mold their reader’s minds and opinions. I’m not giving them that right… at least not without presenting our view and giving the reader the opportunity to get to know us.
To the supposed to be “real” or “serious” authors (like we aren’t) who are whining and complaining about how some of the street/urban/hip-hop writers are outselling them now, I’d ask a few of them when was the last time you submitted something of Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y to the publishers of this genre to help them come up? When was the last time you’ve EVER answered a call for one of my anthologies I’ve tried to publish or even tell me what I’m doing wrong that makes my offer unattractive? I always invite anyone and everyone and I’ve only had ONE national bestselling author reach back and try to help me out. If it’s because you think you are too good for me or for other publishers of this genre, then maybe that’s the reason why you aren’t selling. You’re not giving us a chance. You’re turning your nose up before even giving us a chance to show up at the table to see what we’ve got. I’ve never known Carl Weber or Mark Anthony to turn down quality literature. I’m pretty sure if you took Vickie or Antoine and Tania seriously as publishers they’d take you seriously as a writer. I can say that because I buy, READ and sell their work. And that’s the key, I READ the works they publish; I don’t just make quick judgments about them because of what I’ve heard and I don’t just sell them to make a quick buck.
UBS: What do you think of the Urban fiction trend of right now?
There are writers who are using their voice to profess their love for our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ…some are doing it for Muhammad, but we are addressing those complex religious issues that perplexes ordinary people everyday. We are exposing them to our thoughts and beliefs and I’m cool with that. Some are trying their hand at Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Mystery/Suspense…bringing their fans along for the journey while attempting to attract new fans. You even got a few that are thinking about the children and being more conscious of what they write or writing versions of their novels that are age appropriate. So we are going everywhere.
UBS: We know you are looking for submissions for your anthology Saved for the Summer. What is you motivation behind producing a book of this kind? What kind of reaction do you anticipate?
I think I will get a good turn out. A lot of people have written me and said they would write and I hope I get enough submissions that I can use them for next year or another series. I want this to be an annual event where I can give the Lord a portion of what He’s given me.
UBS: Can you give us a quick summary of Worth Fighting 4?
UBS: With all the writing you do, do you ever stumble upon writer's block? And what do you do to get out of it?
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