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Meet Marlon McCaulsky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marlon McCaulsky.

Marlon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was always writing in some format or another, whether it was creating my own comic book storylines or writing song lyrics. Then in college, I started writing screenplays. I guess it was a natural progression to writing novels. one of my first influences on me writing novels was Zane. After reading a few of her books I became confident I could do it too. But the biggest influence/inspiration have been Eric Jerome Dickey’s work. Every time I read his work I feel inspired to write.

In 2007 I submitted my manuscript to an independent publisher and they accepted it. My first book The Pink Palace was published in 2008. From there I started publishing my own books for the last ten years. I met Lamont Gant and we formed Creative Genius Films and we’ve produced a few films. Our last film was a sci-fi thriller called “Returned” that’s now available now at Walmart, Best Buy, and other streaming services.

My latest novel “If I Was Your Girlfriend” is a sexy, sophisticated portrayal of a hip Afrocentric Atlanta native Rashida and her three girlfriends Joyce, Denise, and Taylor. In this sexy, soulful tale of love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Atlanta, these four young African Americans try to hold on to what’s really important; sisterhood

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I first got published I thought it was only a matter of time before I would be signed by a major publisher. I was sadly mistaking. I quickly found out that it was very difficult to get a literary agent. I also found out that my first publisher was taking advantage of their authors by not paying us. That was bitter separation.

Then the industry changed near overnight. A few major bookstores went under (Borders) and the paperback book sales declined. I had to ask myself if this industry was something I wanted to continue to be a part of. I realized that I love writing so I continued to write.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I try to write in different genres. I’ve written Urban lit, romance, erotica, SciFi, action-thriller. It’s my goal to try to be as diverse of a writer as I can. I like challenging myself to grow by taking on different subject matters. I think readers are going to find something they can enjoy my work no matter what genre.

What were you like growing up?
I was a very laid back kid. Looking back at now, I was a very outgoing person. When I was young my favorite books were comic books. I was (still am) a big fan of The X-Men, Incredible Hulk, and comic books in general.

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