Orsayor: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Rahiem: My novel ConTest has 5 very negative reviews that set forth the idea that my
books are unedited and poor when I wrote them and know that is a lie...lol.
Orsayor: What has been the best compliment you have received?
Rahiem: I am a charming kinda guy that is driven, and people always take notice of that. I can light up a room and make everyone smile.
Orsayor: How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
I just read them and rant to my friends about the absurdity...lol. It no longer bothers me. I write for a particular set of people and I cannot please everyone. When I look at blockbuster author’s reviews, they may have 200-5 star reviews and 75-1 star reviews. James Patterson made $80 million last year, so I doubt that he cares, and neither do I.
Orsayor : Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Rahiem: Um...(smiling), I haven’t found any. But sleep deprivation is a problem.
Orsayor: If you could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?
Rahiem: Well, I’ve met Kareem Bezel (Laugh Now, Die Later, and First Laugh), he’s an interesting guy that was loosely based on me. Now, I’d like to meet William Fortune (Con Test), he’s an innovative and strong character.
Orsayor: What book are you reading now?
Rahiem: I just ﬁnished Second Thought (Kristofer Clark), High Rollers (Envy Red) and Hoeism (English Ruler). Right this second, I am reading an advanced copy of Published by Lati’a Johnson.
Orsayor: What question would you most like to have someone ask you?
Rahiem: I would like for someone to ask me to produce one of my books as a movie starring Jack Nicholson as DEA Agent Lucas McKenzey (Laugh Now, Die Later, and First Laugh).
Orsayor: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Rahiem: Just read a damn book...lol. Not just mine, but any book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist and is a member of the Mystery Writer's of America. His debut thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club's (AAMBC) Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year. LAUGH NOW also the Most Creative Plot at the DMV Expo's Creative Excellent Awards. Rahiem was also nominated at the 2011 & 2012 African-American Literary Awards for Mystery of the Year for Con Test and Murder in Germantown.
Rahiem Brooks completed the Film/TV certificate program at University of California, Los Angeles, and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.