Author Spotlight: Daneal Brown
Daneal Brown has been creative all of his life. A huge rap music fan, Daneal tried his hands at many rap styles, but storytelling became his signature style. He hopes that his writing takes people into a zone where they lose themselves and rekindle lost emotions. When asked his writing style, he said it’s out the box, spontaneous, entertaining, and he doesn’t plan on sticking to one genre. Let's delve into Daneal's world . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
Easy. 97 NBA final game, Bulls vs Jazz. Michael Jordan's flu game. I’m a big sports head. I’d also probably go back to the first super bowl to see how much the game has evolved. Realistically knowing me, I’d go to the future and find me a invention to come back and make me rich.
Which super power would you like to have?
Telekinesis. With this, I think I can emulate so many other powers. Creating force fields, making myself invisible, moving through walls . . . I mean the things I could do would be limitless.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Blue. No real reason other than it being my favorite color.
What’s your favorite old school jam?
Favorite? My eight year old daughter has taught me there is no such thing as favorite; she has like seven favorite television shows. With music, it’s like therapy to me and the beautiful thing about music is that it is timeless. I worked at a radio station in college and use to play R. Kelly, Luther Vandross, Usher, and Chris Brown all in the same block. So honestly there is no way I can give you a favorite song. Hell, I usually don’t have a favorite song on any album. Moods determine my favorite at that moment. I’ma end this with 90’s music followed closely by 80’s music is my favorite era.
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
Power right now is holding that spot. It’s like that show you can’t find a flaw in, but How to Get Away with Murder and Blacklist also keep me on my toes.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Wow, I never thought of this at all. My life is like a beautiful ugly story, but it would be hard to trade with anyone. If I had a gun to my head and just had to pick someone it would be Tupac Shakur. Look at all he accomplish at the tender age of 24/25. Dude was brilliant in a way that I can easily understand. Some folks may shoot me for this but I’ma say this and be done, but I view him as my generation's Malcom X.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Untitled, because the best of me is still ahead of me.
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When Mrs. Gigi Westmoreland found a poem I wrote and read it in front of the classroom. The response I got from it just messed me up.
What inspires you to write?
Outside of my family, the thought that I created space that people are intrigued to be apart of. Like, the best thing about writing to me is creating a world that no one else can.
What genre do you write and why?
Romance/Erotica is my start, it kind of just happened this way. My book Juice Box is inspired by me and my wife. We are recently married and our love just made me want to box it up and sell it to the world.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
Yes and no. The schedule time never happens, but when my characters start becoming realer than life, then I have no other choice but to shut the real world off and work on my created world. I hope that makes some type of sense.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Wow, can’t believe i’m about to say this, but hey it’s the honest to GOD truth. When writing erotica i’m usually listening to gospel music. Next question please, LOL.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Stopping. Like I said, by the time I write, my characters are agitated and pissed off at me for keeping them and their stories bottled up so its like they just be spilling their guts and I can’t stop until I have it all captured on paper.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I don’t, they name themselves. The internet has name generators and I can play with that for hours and then all of a sudden I’m still lost with no name. So, take the main female lead in Juice Box. I was on the name generator for hours, named her and everything, but that night in my sleep she revealed to me her name was Essence.
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
LOL, Wakanda Forever!!! With that movie still being relevant right now how could I say anything but a black panther?
How do you think it will feel when you publish your book?
I don’t really know, probably how it feels to make a baby and then the real work starts. The fun part was making the book and now it’s time to game plan and make this book known to everyone I can.
Can you tell us about your current projects?
No, It’s a secret LOL! Seriously though, right now I recently hooked up with DLP to help bring my vision to life. Juice Box, insert subtitle _______ … right about here, by the next time you hear from me, I’ll have that tightening down. I actually just turned the book into the editors like two days ago. Then I’m really up in the air on the next one that we release. I’ma have to get with my team and see what they think the next one should be or let it talk to me like this one did.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Same thang I tell myself today: be you, true to self, and let the chips fall where they may.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Create events that correlate with your books, if the event sells so does your book.
What does literary success look like to you?
One person buying my book, review at 5 stars, and tell like two of their friends how dope it was. #Winning
Thank you, Daneal, for taking the time to talk to us. If you are looking for a sneak peek of Juice Box, follow Daneal on Facebook @daneal brown.