This week, AuthorHouse welcomes actor, dancer, singer, and self-published writer Anthony Weathers to Author’s Digest. His book, Why Ruin Another Life, is set in 1970’s Mississippi, and is a generational journey about how lives can be altered by an event or person.
I’ve lived in Harlem, NY for all of my life, and have written articles that have appeared in a variety of publications. I’ve also worked in the entertainment industry as a singer, actor and dancer. I’m a natural-born storyteller, which is one of the reasons I wrote “Why Ruin Another Life.” The story is based on true events that were told to me, and when I wrote the novella it just flowed right out.
Do you have any literary influences that helped you develop your style?
Sir O’Neil Hurston and Richard Wright are both Southern literature specialists who influenced me in writing “Why Ruin Another Life.” Throughout the book I followed the qualities of Wright in that I paid very close attention to each character’s dialogue.
Why Ruin Another Life is a story, based on true events, that examines the vicious cycle of rape within three generations of mothers from a dysfunctional Southern Mississippi family.
What inspired you to write it? How long did it take you to finish it?
When you read my book, you’ll see that I’m depicted as the character Shawn. He has something serious happen to him, and it causes his friend Paul D to tell his family secrets. The real-life person on whom Paul D is based is my best friend; I won’t mention his real name, but he’s the reason why I wrote this book. It took me two years to complete it.
Thank you, Anthony. We’ll be back next week with the conclusion of our discussion with self-published author Anthony Weathers.
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