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With his sole goal of fostering change in people and society, Richard Jeanty is on a mission to make a difference with his literature. Abandoned at the age of fourteen Richard fought his way through high school, and continued on to receive his Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
Richard discovered his flair for writing while taking graduate courses at Boston University. Encouraged by one of his professors, Jeanty pursued his writing career, publishing his first novel Neglected Souls through his independent publishing company in the fall of 2004. Neglected Souls was shortly followed up with Meeting Ms. Right and his latest Exploits of a Nympho, which has been creating a buzz amongst urban readers everywhere.
UBS: Do you find it hard to gain acceptance as a positive writer in this industry?
Richard: When I set out to be a writer, I aspired to be a positive writer. I’ve received great responses so far from my readers. Every book that I write has a positive message, no matter how controversial the title may sound.
UBS: What was your inspiration for Exploits of a Nympho?
Richard: Actually, Exploits of a Nympho was inspired by a woman that I attended college with. I tweaked the story in many ways to hide her identity, but it’s the story of a true nympho. I wanted to point out the reasons she did what she did and I wanted to show the world the ramifications of promiscuity in a story, as well as the psychological stigma attached to it.
UBS: We hear you are a talented comic and artist, do you think you will ever pursue these career paths?
Richard: I believe that I was blessed with my artistic talents since birth, but I have to be in the mood to paint. As far as a career in comedy, I tried that in the past but I didn’t have the patience to wait to be discovered by some big shot. Instead, I decided to create my own path of success with my writing.
UBS: Could you be so kind to share a joke with us and our visitors?
Richard: I’m a little rusty in the joke department, but I’ll give it a go. I used to live in the suburb, but I decided to move back to the hood to set a good example for the upcoming generation. However, I’m noticing that people in the hood are interested in my comings and goings for different reasons. When I lived in the suburbs, my neighbor, Bob, used to ask me where I was going and how long I was going be gone so he could watch my house for me.
In the hood, when Tyronne asks me where I’m going and how long I’m going be, he just wants to make sure he has enough time to rob my house while I’m gone.
UBS: Where do you see Urban fiction in 10 years?
Richard: I think Urban Fiction will be the “thing” that most people are going be talking about. Of course, we have to expect certain genres within Urban fiction are going to flicker away, but it’s going be the next big thing in the black community. I’m happy to see that black folks are finally reading just as much as white people. I’m hoping to be the “Common or Talib Kweli” of urban fiction. My message will always be positive at the end.
UBS: What do you think of the Urban fiction trend as of right now?
Richard: Urban Fiction is part of the new Harlem Renaissance. Only this time, it’s happening all over the country and not just in Harlem. We had poetry, now it’s literature and soon it’s going be art. I just hope that we start telling better stories so the youth can benefit from it.
UBS: Do you consider yourself an urban writer?
Richard: I consider myself an urban writer for the simple fact that I write about the urban plight. I try to write stories that are relatable to my community and my people first. I welcome all audiences to read my books, but they have to be open to the idea that I might be attacking the man every now and then because he’s responsible for a lot of our demise in some ways.
Also, as an urban writer, I’m trying to set myself apart from everybody else. Each one of my books so far is from a different genre and I did this purposely because I don’t want to be placed in a bunch. As a writer, I should be able to write about anything. The murder mysteries are coming soon.
UBS: How do you overcome writer’s block, if, and when you stumble across it?
Richard: I’m heavily involved in real estate, so when I have writer’s block, I turn to my real-estate ventures. I’m always thinking of a new business venture as well. I can never put all my eggs in one basket.
UBS: What can we expect from Richard Jeanty in the future? Are there any upcoming projects or books?
Richard: I have a couple of projects in the works. There’s a new author signed to my company who’s coming out with a book called “Me and Mrs. Jones” in March 2006 and I’m also going to release the sequel to Neglected Souls in the fall of 2006 and a few other authors’ works. I also have my first street novel dropping next year as well as a murder mystery.
For more information on Richard Jeanty, visit: www.rjpublications.com
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