Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Author De’Kari Beckum

 Fiona: Where are you from?

Menlo Park, CA

 Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I attended school in the Bay Area. I am a high school graduate and have various technical certifications. I had a very dysfunctional childhood. I lived with various people, was in and out of foster care and institutions, which led to many bad choices.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is my book releases. Gorillaz In the Bay was my first book which was a series. The last book is due to come out November 30th.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always had a passion for writing. This started from childhood when I used writing to escape.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have been writing most of my life, but I officially considered myself a writer when I finished my first book and had it published.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Life experiences and the things I witnessed growing up.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Gorillaz In the Bay, Neva Die. The name Gorillaz In the Bay:

The most respected and feared beast in the jungle is the “Silver-Back Gorilla”. In the concrete jungle of the Bay Area many animals terrorize the streets. But only one team has Neva gone on full-beast mode, dragging their knuckles across the ground like the mighty Silver-Back. From Hyenas to Wolves, the Bay Area has breaded many predators. But it was Neva Die Dragon Gang that set out to show the Underworld that there are truly Gorillaz In the Bay!

The name Neva Die: (is a way of life)

Neva Die is an acronym that stands for New Enlightened Visionaries of African Descent, Determined to Increase Education & Economics.

The name stems from a belief that we hold fast to regarding our struggles in life and the things that we fight for. The love we have for ourselves and our people will Neva Die. The fight will Neva Die which means we will Neva Die.

One Aim. One Struggle. One Goal.

NEVA DIE

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

I would say my writing style is Narrative. I wouldn’t say that my style or genre is challenging because I am familiar with what I am writing thus far.

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

There is a piece of me and those I know in each book. I would say a fourth to half of the book.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Not physically but I travel in my mind all the time.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher, Lockdown Publications.

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

In the Gorillaz In the Bay series I wanted readers to grasp that Black Lives DO Matter! I am also bringing attention to how much we hurt ourselves and we overlook that and point the finger at others.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

A new author for me that has grasped my attention is Ghost & Meesha of Lockdown Publications.My favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Terri Woods, Ca$h, Al Saadiq-Banks, Ashley & Jaquavis. They are all great writers. They were the trend-setters for me. Their books were like watching a movie.

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

Outside of family that would be my publisher, Ca$h.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I see writing as a career and I plan on having a movie made from some of my books in the future.

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

Nothing I can think of at this time. Of course, I always strive to do better and create stories that people will enjoy reading. I learn from feedback / reviews.

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

 With each book I write I see that I am becoming more creative.

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

 Either my character Linell or Batman, they are both real people with fictional stories in my book.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart and never give up.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Urban fiction / street literature came natural for me because of the life I lived. I didn’t choose to live that life but from childhood I was thrown into dysfunction. I plan on writing other genres, romance and some paranormal.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading several books on spirituality. He-Motions by T.D. Jakes and The Lost Books of the Bible.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I believe it was The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love a good joke / comedy, funny movie. I love to laugh. Usually when I cry it involves a loved-one.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Maya Angelou because she opened the door for all of us as Black Authors & poets. She let me know it was okay to express myself through my literary creativity.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Fishing, basketball, football and video games.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Any action-packed movie. One of my all-time favorites is the Brave Heart and Patriot with Mel Gibson and 300 Gerard Butler.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 I love a good steak, I’m a meat & potato man. I would say my favorite color is blue like the ocean and sky. I love all kinds of music; Jazz, R&B, Rap and I love my oldies but goodies.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write.

What would you do? My other dream is opening many youth homes for disadvantaged children. Whether I’m able to write or not, I will make this dream a reality.

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

With the people I love, enjoying their company.

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

De’Kari a man that went after his dream and was successful. A man that gave a lot of love and was well-loved!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?