AUTHOR INTERVIEW 87 – Derrick Newton


Derrick Newton

Oakland, CA


Derrick Newton, born in Oakland, CA, was a streetwise hustler from 1985-1995. Like many young people then – and even now – he was caught up in the belief that dealing lead to a glamorous life. However, after the crack-cocaine epidemic hit Oakland and neighborhoods like it and the War on Drugs began, Derrick became disillusioned with this life. 

After a decade struggling to escape the streets, Derrick woke up in Oakland’s Highland Hospital after being shot multiple times. In addition to these struggles, Derrick was also diagnosed with dyslexia, but despite this, he earned an Associate’s degree at Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose, CA. He later graduated from UC Santa Cruz cum laude with a degree in Sociology. 
Derrick’s story of success and perseverance has made him passionate about helping others and speaking out against the Industrial Prison Complex. He is an activist and youth counselor, as well as a song writer. Derrick has traveled around the world and has a passion for learning about different cultures.


“Never give up on your dreams, because your dreams would never give up on you.” – Derrick Newton, University of Santa Cruz Commencement Speech 2018.

2020 marked a new era in the United States with what some consider a revival of the Civil Rights Movement, sparked by the shocking and unjust murder of George Floyd. However, systemic racism against the Black community has survived even after the emancipation of slaves 1863. 
The Miscarriage of Racial Injustice spans presidential eras including Eisenhower, Bush, Obama, and Trump, discussing oppressive and often deadly racial discrimination. It examines each president’s policies towards racism, including the 45th President’s response to protests and his contribution to a deep divide in the United States. 
Author Derrick Newton’s timeline is a profound and compelling look at inequality from the original Civil Rights Movement to the “Audacity of Hope” of Barrack Obama’s election to the first half of 2020. This unforgiving chronicle will stick with you and inspire you to join and endure the fight for equality.

 

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?

Derrick Newton: Find a quiet spot, write like no one’s watching, and don’t self-edit while writing.

Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Derrick Newton: I usually write for 4 hours a day. My preferred hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Romelia: WHEN YOU ARE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO SET THE MOOD?

Derrick Newton: I’m a very emotional writer, and with that being said, if I don’t have the motivation to write, it just won’t happen. But the funny part is I can catch the spirit of writing almost anywhere. And most of the time, it happens when I’m in my car.

Romelia: WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?

Derrick Newton: I really don’t care too much for peer review, and I hate constructive criticism. I know it sounds crazy, but it is what it is, and sometimes it kills my motivation and spirit to write.

Romelia: HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE SUBJECT OR THEME OF YOUR BOOK?

Derrick Newton: I became involved with the book’s subject matter because of the uncertainties with Donald Trump’s election and the numerous murders of unarmed black motorist.

Romelia: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE IN YOUR PARTICULAR FIELD OR GENRE? IF YOU WRITE MORE THAN ONE, HOW DO YOU BALANCE THEM?

Derrick Newton: I chose this genre because I love American history. I also love fiction. One of my favorite fictional writers is Stephen King. As a child, this dude’s books really creeped me out and, at the same time, motivated me to become a writer.

Romelia: WHAT CULTURAL VALUE DO YOU SEE IN WRITING?

Derrick Newton: I find cultural value in writing because it allows me to represent the voiceless and typically underrepresented black and brown bodies here in America.

Romelia: HOW DOES YOUR BOOK RELATE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OR OTHER LIFE PATH?

Derrick Newton: Spirituality is something that each of us has to find on our own journey. This book is based on how I see the world in a nutshell and how I wish it could be. And yes, not until we take a stand against the powers that be will never spark the much-needed revolution for all humanity. And only then will we truly experience what the word freedom really means

Romelia: WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS AND INTENTIONS IN THIS BOOK, AND HOW WELL DO YOU FEEL YOU ACHIEVED THEM?

Derrick Newton: My goal for this book is to speak truth to power.
Malcolm X once said, „If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.”

 Link Information:

https://www.instagram.com/derricknewton9/

https://www.facebook.com/D.Newton41

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Miscarriage-of-Racial-Justice-Audiobook/B08PFT77B5?asin=B08PFT77B5

https://www.derrick-newton.com

NewtyRock Publishing 2021

E-mail: derrickn186@gmail.com

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