De’Kari is a promising author whose work is nothing short of amazing. De’Kari’s work provides readers with an authentic glimpse into street life. He currently writes urban fiction but plans to cross over to other genres. The author was born and raised in Northern California. The author experienced a challenging childhood. Riddled with abuse, neglect and witnessing violence first-hand, De’Kari’s early years were dark and pained. Due to the dysfunction that surrounded him, he was often uprooted and moved from place to place. After various placements with relatives, he found himself in foster care. He eventually turned to the streets which consequently led to a lot of bad choices. In turn those bad choices led to youth authority, jail & prison. There is more to this author than the street-life. He always had a love for writing. In school he excelled in creative writing. He would always live-out the story as he was writing. Through his most difficult times, he used writing as a way to escape from his surroundings. In additional to writing, he creates poetry, writes songs and does artwork. He loves spending time with family, fishing, sports and helping youth. He is happy that he is finally able to share his writing with others, putting his passion to work.
“Write down your thoughts, even if it doesn’t make sense. Sooner or later it will come together if you apply yourself.”
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
DE’KARI: My journey started as a child when I used writing as a way to escape the dysfunction around me. Since then I have always had a passion for writing.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
BLAQVERSITY: Who motivated you?
DE’KARI: It’s not a who, it’s a what. That what is LIFE, my life experiences.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
DE’KARI: Due to my current situation I can only write with paper and pencil, that’s the biggest challenge.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written?
DE’KARI: I have written a total of five books.
BLAQVERSITY: What is your genre?
DE’KARI: Currently Urban Fiction, but I plan on doing other genres in the near future.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
DE’KARI: You can overcome any situation if you put in work.
BLAQVERISTY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
DE’KARI: Write down your thoughts, even if it doesn’t make sense. Sooner or later it will come together if you apply yourself.
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
DE’KARI: I am finishing up book two of Tears of a Gangsta (this is a 2-book series).
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author. Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
DE’KARI: Promoting can be challenging at times. It takes time and persistence. I promote on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc..) and online books clubs.
BLAQVERSITY: What are your thoughts on authors supporting other authors?
DE’KARI: I think it’s very important to support one another. It’s about lifting each other up, not stepping on one another.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
DE’KARI: Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dekari.stevens
Instagram – urban.novels.by.dekari
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DeKari67503535
Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/DeKari/e/B07MCMJGXJ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr0_1&qid=1556320531&sr=8-1-fkmr0
Goodreads Author Page – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18735895.De_Kari?from_search=true
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