Carl Weber is a man who has had his share of success. Called the Literary Prince of Drama; also the Original King of Drama, Drama and more Drama, Weber is the publisher of Urban Books (www.urbanbooks.net) and the bestselling author of The Preacher’s Son, A Dollar and a Dream, Player Haters, Lookin’ for Luv, Married Men and Baby Momma Drama. His latest novel So You Call Yourself A Man was released in January 2006.
CARL WEBER INTERVIEW
• IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT YOU THAT DESPITE THE SUCCESS AND ACCLAIM YOU’VE EXPERIENCED, YOU WEREN’T ALWAYS COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR USE OF ENGLISH IN YOUR WRITING.
I was a longtime reader and wanted to write, but wasn’t always the best in English. Fortunately I take criticism well. I am proficient in writing and have no problem working with others to polish it. I believe when you see a weakness that others can help you improve, go with that and become stronger.
• WITH YOUR SECOND BOOK WERE YOU AFRAID OF WHAT SOME CALL THE SOPHOMORE JINX?
I didn’t feel pressure with second book. My main goal is to write on the topic of the day and keep my ear to the streets.
• WHAT DO YOU READ?
I don’t read books that are like the type that I write. I am a huge Tom Clancy fan. I write books that I know will relate to people. When I think about my style, people expect twists and turns.
* WHAT ABOUT BEING CALLED THE LITERARY PRINCE OF DRAMA? I do write drama-filled books. When I hear myself being called the literary prince of drama, I take that as a title of pride.
• I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO TALK WITH TRAVIS HUNTER PRIOR TO THIS INTERVIEW AND HE WAS REALLY SINGING YOUR PRAISES ABOUT YOUR HELPING HIM GET HIS START.
It was my goal to help authors for 10 years before I actually started writing myself. We sold Hunter’s books in my bookstore. I do this to help authors, not for money but just being generous and being interested in their success.
• URBAN BOOKS IS YOUR PUBLISHING HOSE. WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH THE AUTHORS? They are like my family, but they have their own ideas about the direction of their projects. I feel like their literary father, but as in any house sometimes they choose to listen to me on suggestions and others they stay true to their own visions. Presently there are over 60 authors under Urban Books.
• DO YOU SEE YOURSELF WRITING ABOUT A BOOK THAT IS NOT FULL OF DRAMA? I will always have plenty to write about because drama, just like what’s considered an “R” rating, changes with time. It will never get old.
• YOU WERE ONE OF THE FIRST TO COME OUT WITH YOUR STYLE OF WRITING. HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL IN VIEW OF YOUR SUCCESS?
I know that any trendsetter in a particular genre has it easier because it is easier to find a niche. I have seen writers try to cross over, but I don’t see myself changing my writing style. Regardless of how my audience may seem to grow and change, I will always write to those who are part of my base that have made my success possible.
His new work “So You Call Yourself A Man” is a book that is told in the 1st person by three best friends: James, Brent and Sonny. I told Weber it was my first time reading one of his novels and though 254 pages, I was able to finish it in one day. The book spins a dramatic tale of how much these best friends realize they don’t know about each other, in spite of what they had always thought. I wanted to know how Weber felt about the book’s response thus far. He told me that he was pleased with it, and even a bit shocked at the success. He told me that it deals with some different subject matter and he hasn’t seen such a frenzied response to one of his books since the release of Baby’s Mama Drama. I asked him what was the message he was trying to get across in the new book, and he said it was really about manhood and the problems growing into manhood. The book was fun for him, because going into it he knew that he was going to be using quite a bit of misdirection in the character directing. The final chapter which was used to tie things up also seemed to expose the struggles that come with friendship.
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