In 2012, I self-published my 1st book thru createspace; a fictional Street Novel spanning 40 years called, YELLOW MILL RIVER; Despite it being the one I decided to publish first; the rough draft for my second book, SILENT CRY was written many years before and was one of many stories I had taking up space in either my house that I shared with my Wife and children or in my Mother's house before she passed. By the time I finally took that step to self-publish, I had already made up my mind that YMR was going to be the first one. Being so new at the publishing game; there were fears that this may be a "One Shot Deal" when it came to releasing one of the many unpublished books that i have written. Knowing what i know now; YMR would have been a three part series. This was due to the length of the book. However; when I pick up classic Novels from famous authors; the amount of pages never seems to take away from it being a Classic. Of all the novels I wrote; this one is probably the first one that I truly organuzed when it came to preparing outlines and side notes to make sure the flow was not disrupted my repeating myself or bringing back characters who had died already. Upon reading this novel, readers will see that this is your classic street novel about the rise and fall of a criminal empire. I tried to present this novel in a way that my readers can get a visual of each and every event going on in this book. My dream come true would be for ANY Movie Writer, Director or Producer to pick up one of my novels and READ IT.
Now that I've finished self promoting, Let me tell you the reason why I wrote YELLOW MILL RIVER.
I grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Until I was 13 years old, I lived in a Project on the City's North End called, BEARDSLEY TERRACE AKA THE TERRACE. Once my family moved to Bridgeport's East Side and another school district, My siblings and I landed in WARREN HARDING HIGH SCHOOL and close to another project that I woud tenporarily live in as an adult ccalled, FATHER PANIK VILLAGE. While most people saw the cover of YMR and thought it was a book about the "Village;" many of them were shocked when they read it and found out that it was a story about a lot more than just FPV, despite many of the book's events happening in that project.
The only reason why YMR's Mo Lomax was from FPV was because in my first major novel that I later reeased in 2015 but actually wrote first; SILENT CRY'S Jesse Westbrook haled form the Terrace. While i had the idea planted in my head; what REALLY "Jumpstarted" me into starting the project immediately was when I went to a play in Downtown Bridgeport that made me say, "**** No!" and started this gritty-gutty novel about the rise & fall of a Crime family.
No disrespect to anyone involved and I'm sure the Lady had good intentions. However; the 1997 musical play about FATHER PANIK VILLAGE was an insult to everybe who ever lived there. I figured that despite my gangster depiction; there are also a lot of family issues in this book. This made me feel good when I released YMR. Even with the "Gangser stuff" I fet as if I represented FPV in a Good and truthfu way. That was in 1998.
If you REALLY want to see what family life was loke growing up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and to see the fabric of what made its citizens what it was yesterday and remains today; read my upcoming Novel, THE FAMILY THAT PARTIED TOO HARD!!!!