Today I will be interviewing Jeffrey Bolden, author of Book of Soul.
What are your favorite book(s)?
I don't really have favorite books. I used to view other authors as competition. I guess that's the rapper in me, and the competitive nature in which I started out, battling other freestyle artists to become the best to a crowd that could not do what we do. But now as I find myself reading other artists who are not mainstream and I find myself reading the way they tell their tales only wanting to get better. The latest books I've been reading is the Autobiography Of A Werewolf Hunter by Brian Easton, Cassidy Jones and The Secret Formula by Elise Stokes, and Vaempires and honestly even the young adult book is gripping me. These authors are making me a better author whether they know it or not.
Who is your favorite author?
I don't have a favorite author neither besides myself but I do love indie authors and authors with a voice different from me so I can learn from them.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Music and dreams. Every book I've written aside from my first one was named after either a song or an album or a mixtape. Music is an irreplaceable part of me that inspires everything that I do. Dreams, well that's self-explanatory. It's gotten to the point where I can literally write in my sleep wake up and record my subconscious. I also begin my REM sleep period a lot sooner than most do. Where it takes ordinary people up to four hours of simply black, I start having dreams probably twenty minutes of falling asleep, and I've trained my brain to remember most of it, all of the random occurrences. I think this making me an insomniac honestly but also making me more in touch with my subconscious, thus building my imagination even more. Expect even more from me in the future.
Where is your favorite place to do your writing?
I love to write outside whenever I can. I just like I don't know being able to be in my own world within the context of reality.
What made you decide to become a writer?
When did I decide to become a writer or when did I realize I was one? It was really a decision to become a writer, just something I grew into going through the natural evolution that is getting older, but I realized I was one when I realized I became physically ill when I didn't write. That's when I knew I was a writer.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing blurbs and summaries about books I write. And of course biographies. It's the Scorpio in me I guess to keep a lot of myself beneath the surface.
Tell us about your newest book.
Book Of Soul is a book of short stories, poems, and prose, but it's so much more than that. More then an autobiography ranging from the years 2009 - 2012. Imagine the words Basquit had in his mind to describe his abstract paintings, representing the ails of the ghetto. Think on the stories behind Salvador Dali's Melting Clock. What do you think they would be? What about Mona Lisa? What story comes to mind when you stare into those sad eyes? I used those analogies because that's exactly what I did in this book. I took abstract thoughts from those four years and put them on to paper. There's one short story called "Heaven" that I would compare to a surrealistic view on life. It involves me and the question what happens when you die. Basically I go into shock and take a trip to Heaven where I meet dead relatives and friends and venture through Heaven. I won't divulge what all happened during the story but I learned a lesson while writing this story and wanted to pass on the same lesson through this story. Speaking more abstractly, I have a poem called Boy Meets Girl II X Our Name that intricately weaves a story in a poem about the wrongs I've committed toward this girl and the forgiveness in which this Angel showed to me. Do you get the concept now? Please expect more then just those. With Book Of Soul, you will find four years of my life embedded within around 55,000.
You can buy Book of Soul on Amazon.
Jeffrey Bolden, is a walking contradiction. A young man with an old wisdom. A fiery spirit with a cool demeanor. Anything that is set in opposition can be used to describe him. Imagine a vampire's seduction blended with a werewolf's desire for the hunt for that is Jeffrey Bolden. He is seduction embodied, an irrestible character with an unspeakable evil in his dark eyes, yet walks through life as a lone wolf, growling in the face of death as he has done many times. A romantic with a cold heart. A happy depression. In essence, Jeffrey Bolden is conflict, the vessel for the war between good and evil and you know often times which side is winning simply by looking into his dark eyes.