Thursday, December 08, 2011


Tony Lindsay is the author of six novels; One Dead Preacher, Street Possession, Chasin’ It, Urban Affair, and One Dead Lawyer, More Boy than Girl, and a short story collection titled Pieces of the Hole. He has published book critiques and reviews for Black Issue’s Book Review. He was a contributor to the anthology Don't Hate the Game, the on-line encyclopedia, and He has been published by the African American literary web-site, as well as the young adult magazine Cicada. He has a MFA from Chicago State University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Chicago State University, South Suburban College and Westwood College.

How did you start out your writing career?

My career started when I met Kwame Alexander of BlackWords at a writers conference and he published 'One Dead Preacher' however I have always wrote, even as a child.

What did you learn while writing this book?

Quite a bit, 'Fat from Papa's Head' was actually my Master's thesis so I given a lot of feedback during it's creation.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

To pass on a little "Papa" wisdom.

Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

Probably the protagonist from "First Time" one of the short stories.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?

The unexpected sources of help.

What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?

I love the creative process, I dislike the business end of it.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

The true monterary compensation, the time requirment, and the self sacrafice.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do read, don't not read.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

That it is an art form and should be respected as such; craft.
When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, movies, plays.

What do you do to interact with your readers?

Book signings, facebook, emails.
Our theme for this month is CHILDREN BOOKS. What inspired you to make children’s literature the focus of your career?

This is my first Teen / YA piece, the genre is not the focus of my career. I enjoy writing in different genres.

Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?

That I will die, everthing else is uncertain.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

The third in my mystery series 'One Dead Doctor' will be out in Feburary

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Fat from Papa’s Head’is collection of short stories targeting the Young Adult market. All of the protagonists are African American male teenagers and young adults. The main characters in the short stories are at pivotal points in their young lives. Some of the youth are at rite of passage moments, and others are merely faced with decisions. The collection was composed in response to the author’s conversations with incarcerated African American male youth. The discussions centered on reading materials, and the need and want for stories that reflected their lives. This collection is an attempt to meet that need and want.

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