Fiona: Tell us your name?

Hello my name is Thomas McRae

Fiona: What is your age?

I am 35 years old and my birthday is in July.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in Areverne New York Far Rockaway Queens.

Fiona: Tell us a little about yourself your education, family life Etc.

I’m a gentle kind sensitive soul who  went to Beach Channel High School and my family are very important to me despite our many differences and flaws. I will always love them and appreciate the time we have together.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Well to be honest I’m promoting the sequel to my short fiction novel Pimp in the pulpit. Part 2 focuses on my earlier Childhood years and late teens plus early 20s. I am also currently working on trying to get my next poetry book up and running which is going to be titled Fatal Impact. Now hopefully this book will be released and publish by my dear friend plus mentor Mrs Shirley Gerald Ware and her independent Publishing Company Fresh Literary Magazine.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was in elementary school and the reason why I decided to pursue it is because when we were kids my brother read a beautiful poem that he wrote about black men and black fathers inspiring and elevating their children. Now to be honest I don’t remember everything that  was said, but I will never forget that chill in my spine when I heard him speak the words and the message it sent to my heart and that is why I write and that is why I am passionate about my writing. His words and message woke something up inside me and it refuses to die.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? 

The moment I wrote my very first poem and from there I started my short fiction novels. The reason why I say this is because I knew from the very beginning that I had a story to tell and by God I was going to tell my story even if the world didn’t approved.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

In the beginning I love writing about poetry because it’s very art form was exciting to me and liberating. I  remember my first book and it’s title is Poetry for the soul. Honestly speaking I can’t remember why I named it that title, but I can honestly say each poem had a lot of love and soul in it.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t have a particular style nor do I find it challenging. I’m just grateful and happy that I finally found my creative niche along with the confidence to share my talent to the world and Maybe someday My talent can touch many lives in a positive and profound way.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know,  Or events in your own life?

Pimp in the pulpit part 2 is inspired by my family trails and tribulations but not all facts. The sequel evolves around my childhood, teens and early twenties. This book is a collection of humours stories mix with true events and fictional story lines.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers 2 grasp?

Pimp in the pulpit part 2 is a humorous book that teaches you not to let your surroundings or the people in your life dictate who you are and want to become. Everything happens for a reason so never lose hope or Faith just stay focused on your dreams because dreams keeps you alive.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes I enjoy my mentor and Good friend Mrs Shirley Gerald Ware and her phenomenal writing plus skills because her writing comes second to none. She has a God giving talent that I only hope and pray that I can someday match.

Fiona: Outside of family members,  name 1 entity that supported your commitment to become a published author? 

Hands down the answer is GOD because He’s my greatest supporter plus no one or anything can match His level of love and support.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes because I love to write writing is my passion plus my heart and soul. It gives me  purpose and a will to live writing is a skill plus craft that can elevate an artist or even inspire many other souls.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your latest book?

Absolutely not because Pimp in the pulpit part 2 is my story about my life and the things I’ve seen. It is a part of who I am and what I’ve overcome plus accomplished during the good and bad times. This book will appeal to anyone and everyone who has a sense of humor and a deep desire to look within themselves.

Fiona: Did you learn anyting during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that I have an interesting  family who I love dearly no matter how crazy they are. I also learned that I have a real knack for telling stories and I plan on sharing many stories for many years to come.

Fiona:  If your book was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Well like I said in the previous interview we did I would love my character to be played by Marlon Wayans and my father’s character Tracy Morgan plus my mother character Dascha Polanco now honestly I forgot who I wanted to play my brother but I wouldn’t be against Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker or Chris Rock.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

My  first advice would be do your research whether you’re going to self publish or try traditional. My second advice  would be never lose hope and always stay focused because there will be obstacles in your way. Whether from life or loved ones but stay true to who you are and never let anyone or anything stop you from achieving great things.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you all for your support plus love. It’s hard for a independent author even harder for a self publishing author such as myself. Because when you self-publish you’re putting out all the money to make the book and most likely you have to Market it by yourself. And no matter how hard you try very rarely does an self-publish author make back the money he or she puts out that’s why its extremely important  for people to support and buy the book.

Fiona: What makes you laugh, cry?  Do you have any hobbies? 

What makes me laugh is when I’m sharing a funny story or watching something quite humorous same implies for something sad that’s when I cry. As far as Hobbies concerned I like writing, watching movies, reading some books I don’t fish as much as I used to. But on occasion I also like to reminisce about the old good times.

Fiona: What TV shows film do you enjoy watching?

I enjoy a large variety of movies and TV shows. Each genres appeal to me in some way or form. I like comedy a lot but I like action and drama as well especially true life stories.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors and music?

I love the color blue and black my music primarily Rap and R&B but some country and classic R & B. I don’t have a particular favorite food because I’ll eat just about anything it depends on what I’m in the mood for. But if I must choose I would say macaroni and cheese and shrimp.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write what would you do?

I’m not sure probably look to invest some of my money with some of the establishments I currently do frequent business with and have a good relationship with the owners. Actually I’m considering doing that now we’ll see how things go.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would probably reach out to everyone who I may have offended that didn’t deserve it. And make a formal apology then I will take the bulk of my money and what other investments I  have and give it to my mother what’s left over I will give to a few close friends and what’s left over after that I would give to charity.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I would like the following to be said. Thomas Leslie McRae wasn’t the richest person on this Earth but he definitely was very kind and humble. He tried very hard to make his life worth something and make his parents very proud. He would have made a excellent parent and a phenomenal husband but unfortunately he never got the chance to be either. Thomas was filled with good even though his heart ached with so much pain. He will be loved missed and deeply appreciated because he touched so many lives and he loved everyone of us with all his heart and soul.

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Thomas McRae biography

Active since 2005 till present

Reviews by Amazon.com, Goodreads, Nikki McNamara book blog and glamadelaide.com.au owner Rod Lewis and the pen and needles blog owner Jessica Starks.

Blogger Interviews
Debdatta Dasgup book blog and Fiona Mcvie at authors interviews.WordPress.com and A.F Stewart owner of are you afraid of the dark blog and Eclectic Moods Blog plus Just Books Blog owner Rainne and Rainne Rambling blog and Laura Parish blog.

Online radio interviews

Artists first radio network with Tony Kay and Talk network radio with Jeff Heiser and Steve Coplon right thinking Foundation also affiliated with Talk network radio.

Credentials

Local news paper articles about me by The Wave paper located at Far Rockaway Queens NY numerous poetry certificates and printed review from Fresh literary magazine owner Mrs. Shirley Gerald Ware and The Bulletin Magazine sponsored by my job at the New York City Housing Authority.

More details

If you wish to search the internet about me go to Google search enter Thomas McRae author of Pimp in the pulpit and all current plus past information will occur. Also you can email me anytime at mcraethomas135@gmail.com or call Eber and Wein publishing at 717 759 8065 my books Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2  can be purchased at Amazon.com Barnes and noble.com Google Books.com fishpond.com thank you for your support plus time best wishes to all