Monday, October 22, 2018

#BlogTour #CodeBlue Interview with Jamell Crouthers, Author of Code Blue @aquarianmind1

Jamell Crouthers is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life. He has been writing poetry since the age of 13 but never thought he could utilize his talent to tell stories and write books. He is not the traditional author as he writes his books in poetry format with a focus on storylines and societal issues.

After publishing 11 books (so far), his goals and plans are to continue writing books on taboo subjects that aren't discussed enough in today's world and bringing those main subjects to the forefront. Jamell's blogs tackle societal issues, how he writes his books, his journey as an author and some motivational blogs that will get you to focus on your goals. His goal and moniker is, "to change the world, one book at a time."

Jamell’s Code Blue series can be purchased at Amazon.

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About the Series:

The Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun series chronicles a police officer named Gary who has been on the force for a few years. He soon is entrenched in a lot of lies, corruption, racism and agendas being pushed by his superiors. The question throughout this series is whether he as a good cop becomes part of the corruption or does he report it?

Part of this series features his son Gary, Jr who is a young teenager wanting to be like his father and go into the police force. He soon learns through the news daily that the police force is not what it really is. Gary ends up having to share the truths of what goes on at work and the relationship between him and his son changes because of it. Now it becomes up to Gary what he is going to do about what goes on at work.

Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 87
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 89
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 99
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thanks for this interview, Jamell.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

It's been a rocky road, thinking about what I wanted to write about was the start. Then when I thought about social issues of the world, next came all of the major things that are going on around us. I have changed book covers to a series of books 3 times, finding people who see your vision and aren't just after your money has been tough. I've made a few bad investments and I wouldn't change it.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

The Growth and Journey of Jamell Crouthers

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I watch my favorite TV shows, watching Netflix when I can, going running, playing basketball, watching sports or listening to music.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

My books are written in a poetry prose format, they're character driven and more in the realm of literary fiction. My books don't fall into one specific category. I've always been great at storytelling in poetry format so I utilized that and was able to write books with a message.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

Police Chief Bulletin #1
My fellow police officers, thank you for your hard work,
Putting your life in the line of duty every day.
This will be the first of many bulletins that I will be sending,
Your supervising officer will be having meetings about my bulletins.
I want to address an issue that’s been going on in our community,
There have been too many minorities driving in our neighborhoods.
I’ve been told by residents that they’re scared and afraid of them,
I don’t know exactly why as I am not in the streets everyday.
In order to get control of our community again we must pull over cars,
Any car that is expensive and they look out of place, pull them over.
Find a reason to pull these cars over, whether it’s a tail light,
Or they can be driving too slow, too fast, failure to signal when changing lanes.
There are certain cars to look for, especially tinted windows,
Ferraris, Bentleys, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghinis, you get my drift.
You know the procedure, asking for a driver’s license and registration,
Make sure that you’re assertive in your behavior and taking control of situations.
I want officers to be partnered up in the cars while you’re on duty,
We need to conduct these pullovers between 7pm and 5am daily.
It seems to be that at night these minorities are driving through our neighborhood,
Even if you recognize cars and know who these people are, pull them over.
I can’t have our citizens of our community constantly calling me about this,
So let’s clean this up as soon as possible and I want it tracked how many you do.
I want three done a week amongst partners and body cams will show that,
If you have to agitate a driver to escalate a situation, do it.
Cars swerving means they must be drunk or high so sniff out the car,
Find a purpose and reason to search the car without a warrant.
I appreciate your time in reading this bulletin,
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your supervising officer.
Police Chief_x000c_

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

I would say Labor Day because police officers do sacrifice their lives daily and it fits into the narrative of this series.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

I've already turned the book into a series. Three are currently available on all major bookstores. The last two books of the series will be released in December.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

I definitely didn't see writing as a career. I always wrote poetry for fun sharing things that go on in my life or thoughts that were on my mind. Now I want this to be something I do full-time as a profession (I have books planned out through the end of 2022) and hopefully it turns into speaking engagements, writing screenplays based on my books and delving into other projects I want to do in the near future.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

When I start my writing journey, I knew I was going to self-publish so getting a publishing deal was never a big goal of mine.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

Co-authoring is cool but because of the format I write in, it would be hard to collaborate with someone. I haven't done any and I don't see myself doing that in the future.

What’s next for you?

The end of the year will be Code Blue Parts 4 & 5 being published. I have 7 books planned for next year and I plan on getting back into script writing based on my books. I will be working on podcast content for the rest of this year and for next year. I definitely want to get back to recording audio books and posting that on my website. Also I want to move to Los Angeles next year and go to some more book festivals to meet people in the industry and also readers.

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