How long have you been writing?
I have been writing my whole life—over 50 years. The first piece that I ever wrote and sent to a Hip Hop Magazine was published. I wrote an opinion column about Tupac Shakur’s death. The publisher wrote me a note that said: “Writing is your sword. You will never win at life until you use the sword that God gave you to fight with.” I started writing articles for magazines. I made quite a bit of money to supplement my income. I also received a fair amount of rejection—but I quickly learned that I was submitting my work to the wrong audience. Several magazines noted on their rejection slip that my writing style was too risqué.