Who is Tize, tell us something about you?
Tize: Tize is the first African American
master Horror writer.
Where are you from, and currently residing?
Tize: Bronx, NY and currently residing
in the Bronx
Are there any other writers in the family?
my 17 year old son Vahn debuts on the 7th of March.
What prepared you to become an author
Tize: Tragedy, pain and lots of heartaches
at an early age.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Tize: My late grandmother Roberta Hughley
What inspired you to write your book?
Tize: Stories come to me all the time especially
when I sleep. There complete from beginning to end.
Tell us about your newest creation. What is the premise?
Tize: "The late Monroe Anton Xavier
(a.k.a. Max) self made Billionaire has left his entire 27.3 Billion
dollar fortune to anyone that can complete his Maze! Of course this
is no ordinary Maze, supposedly the blood of Max runs through every
inch of the Maze and the twists and turns are his pulsating Veins. Many
have entered, but no one has left. Welcome to . . .The Maze"
That sounds like a winner! Any publishing contracts in the working?
Tize: Signed with BAU Publishing
Congratulations! Have you ever self-published? Why or why not?
Tize: Yes, I originally self published
my poetry book, because I was told at the time that the major Publishing
Houses didn’t think that poetry was lucrative. But knowing myself
I set out to prove them wrong.
What are "traditional publishers" looking for?
Tize: Looking for fads from people who
are already famous. Today’s Traditional Publishers are not looking
for new talent or great stories.
If you were a publisher, what would be your niche? Why?
Tize: I would accept new talent, new stories,
fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
For an author, is having a publishing contract with a "traditional
publisher" important professionally? Why?
Tize: Going with a traditional
publisher can be important if you are without the finances to not just
publish a book, but market it properly. Through a traditional publisher
they have the funds to mass market, which helps you reach a larger number
of people in a shorter amount of time giving you a larger market base.
Having a large market base helps you lower your prices and increase
the amount of book sales.
What are some of your professional and personal achievements?
Tize: When I was 9 years old I won a NY
State Storytelling contest. I am the first African American Horror writer.
I have two boys, and a wife Karen Clark of whom I’ve been married
to for over 8 years.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Tize: Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Edger
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Tize: Hopefully releasing my 10th novel
and to have three books become Box Office Cinema smashes in Hollywood.
ROCK: Where can readers find you?
Thank you, Tize.
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