A candid conversation with Author/Christian rapper BrotherLew

1.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When i as in my twenties, all i ever read about was negative news so I decided to published the Kingsbridge Reporter News a Bronx Community Positive paper.

2.How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the topic, how much i want to indulge and how long it’s going to be.

3.What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That there are many problems out there and if you can find a positive solution you should write about it, whether it’s awareness, or an actual solution.

4.What research methods have been most fruitful for you?

You start on the topic, find out all you can about it, then you break it down by facts, and find as many credible experts or witnesses as you can before you start.

5.How does your faith life/ethical outlook inform your writing?

I try to be as credible as I can and many times I go to scriptures to get inspiration.

6.Who are your favorite authors and why?

John Maxwell, He’s all about leadership, Tony Evans, He’s all about kingdom living, Joel Olsteen, He’s all about bring out the positiveness in you.

7.You are also a Christian Hip Hop artist, how long have you been doing that?

Since 1988, I’m practically one if not the oldest active rapper around.

8.Who inspired you musically?

I was inspired by all styles of music, but it was Mr. Matus and Mr.Shapiro in 7th grade that I learned to play the saxophone, then percussion etc..They inspired me musically.

9.What life experiences have shaped you artistically?

I was a secular singer and i lost my voice completely, but one day I asked God to stop all those nasty rappers that were influencing the younger generation to use drugs, have sex and commit violence. And the answer was: why don’t you do it.

10.How do you balance the demands of writing with other responsibilities?

I was publishing newspapers and magazines and selling advertising for many years and I always manage to balance my responsibilities, while also writing articles, stories, interviews, etc.

11.What aspects of your creative process do you enjoy the most?

I like to write songs, it’s much easier than writing a book, especially after you hear the song and you know you did a great job. Most challenging is finding the right people for a video, TV Pilot or even a play.

12.What would you advise young writers trying to build a publishing history or an author platform?

If it’s in your heart, it’s in your mind, transform and organize your thoughts to text and following the flow. 

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