Q. B. Wells
Books2Mention is honored to have Q. B. Wells as our featured author this month.
Q. B. Wells is the author of Blackface: A Novel and Doughboy. Blackface is described by the Weekly Press as "a haunting novel that pieces together the harsh realities of the inner city. Captivating, raw and uncensored."
Evocative, elegantly crafted and fast paced, Blackface challenges the reader and promises to be one engaging read."
Wells is also the editor of Urbania Magazine, and C.E.O. of Art Official Media LLC.
B2M proudly presents our exclusive interview with Q. B. Wells.
Welcome to Books2Mention Magazine. Thanks for the opportunity to feature you.
B2M: When did you begin writing?
Q. B. WELLS: I began writing in high school. I wrote a story about a boy that wanted to commit suicide and my teacher sent me to the social worker. I stopped for a while and started to write more in college when I took a short fiction class.
B2M: Please tell us about your novel, Doughboy.
Q. B. WELLS: Doughboy is the story of allure. The protagonist, Doughboy is a drug dealer that is addicted to selling drugs. He knows the consequences but has no other choice to feed his family and provide a decent way of living. He feeds his addiction to support his family. Doughboy is faced with jail for his addiction unless he decides to deal with the snitch from his inner circle and family member. Is going to jail worth killing a family member?
Doughboy has to make some grown man, life and death decisions for his actions.
B2M: What inspired you to write your new book, Blackface?
Q. B. WELLS: Blackface was my debut novel published in 2005. The book had editing issues and I decided to fix some issues, provide a new cover and more marketing/promotion for the new decade. I signed a national distribution contract and I wanted the book to be more available.
I felt that it was a story that needed to be heard. When I published the book in 2005, I didn’t care about reach outside the immediate area as long as thousands of books were sold. Readers need to know about what makes some black males tick and know there will be consequences if positive intervention isn’t reached. Look at Chicago’s crime this year. Blackface is a book that begins to uncover some of the untold situations that exist and hopefully starts the conversation.
Instead of watching CNN’s “Black in America 1 & 2” readers should read Blackface.
B2M: What do you hope readers will gain from reading your books?
Q. B. WELLS: I hope readers will come away entertained and understand the idea that people want to be better and do better.
B2M: Do you share some of the characteristics of a particular character that you write about?
Q. B. WELLS: I’m ambitious like the character Face in Blackface.
B2M: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Q. B. WELLS: I enjoy the journey, struggle and eventual triumph of completing a project. It takes commitment to complete a novel and the process can be difficult even without factoring in life situations. When you factor in life, writing is a triumph that is worth sacrificing for.
B2M: You are the editor of Urbania Magazine and the C.E.O. of Art Official Media LLC. Will you please tell our readers about both companies?
Q. B. Wells: Art Official Media is a publishing company. We publish media content and provide marketing and promotion services to other authors. We have recently begun distributing digital content through Overdrive. We welcome other publishers and authors that desire digital distribution to contact us.
Urbania Magazine is an urban literature and arts magazine that AOM publishes. We feature urban artists and authors and provide information, stories and the arts.
B2M: Outside of writing what are your other interests?
Q. B. WELLS: Outside writing I like to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy nights reading. I’m a film buff and visit festivals and beaches whenever I get the opportunity.
B2M: What would you like to say to readers who have not had the opportunity to read your work?
Q. B. WELLS: Give me an opportunity. Read my work, today.
B2M: Are you currently working on a new project?
Q. B. WELLS: Currently we’re in the process of editing One Hundred Miles and Running (Blackface 2), and promoting the title Tre Pound by Jordan Belcher for an August release.
Personally, I’m finishing up editing on Ill Na Na (Nookie 2) by Anieshea Dansby.
B2M: Q. B. we encourage you to continue writing great books that portray real life in the inner city. We look forward to hearing more from you.
Thank you for interviewing with Books2Mention Magazine. Please be sure to come back again and keep readers informed about all of your future endeavors.
Q. B. WELLS: Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to be heard by your readers.
Much Success To You!
The Staff @ Books2Mention Magazine
You are welcome to visit the website of Q. B. Wells at www.UrbaniaMag.com
Books by Q. B Wells include: