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.”
NewtyRock Publishing 2021