New York Times best-selling author Nikki Turner is back with her latest tale of street life, love, sex, and betrayal. Heartbreak of a Hustler’s Wife marks the return of ride or die couple Des and Yarni as they deal with the ghosts of their pasts and Des’s unflinching desire to maintain ties with the streets. Last week, I caught up with he reigning “Queen of Hip-Hop Lit” to talk about the novel, her book line, and her collaboration with Styles P:
In Heartbreak of a Hustler’s Wife, we see the return of Des and Yarni. How many more books will you continue with their plotline?
It depends on what the readers want.
How do you come up with the titles of your books?
It’s hard work honey. Sometimes I post on Facebook, and I ask my readers, sometimes I can just be doing the darndest thing, and then the title will pop in my head, sometimes I write the book and don’t even have the title, sometimes I have the title…like with Relapse, I had the title before I even wrote the book.
Some, if not most, of your books have been best sellers. How does that feel?
It’s like an indescribable feeling to know I’ve created something that the world loves. It’s a great feeling.
Are the characters in your books inspired by real people?
I don’t think so. I think my characters are very relatable, so like sometimes I’ll get emails of people saying, “oh, you wrote about me,” or “that’s my life story – how did you know this about me and you never met me?” I just think that life is…everybody goes through the same things in one way or another.
Your book line, “Nikki Turner Presents,” how’s that going?
It’s going good. I’m not publishing any full-length novels at this time, but I’m still doing my “Street Chronicles” series.
The last time we spoke, you were finishing up a book with Styles P. How did it go with that book?
The book was amazing. It did good. He’s still promoting; he’s still selling. It’s a great read.
What was the book’s name again?
Can we expect any of your books on the big screen any time soon?
Hopefully. As a writer, you always want your books on the big screen, and I’ve had books be optioned, but, you know, it takes a lot to get a book done, so I’m in prayer everyday.
In this book and the last book, the main female character is named Yarni. Who would you like to see play Yarni if these particular books ever made it to the big screen?
I don’t know. It changes every now and then I’ll have one actress, and then I’ll change it, but now, I really think she might be [played by] an unknown.
Be sure to get your copy of Heartbreak Of A Hustler’s Wife wherever books are sold.
Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite got her start in the hip-hop industry when she accepted an offer to work on a temporary basis in the promotions department of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records in 2006. It was there where she first began putting her experiences with the industry onto paper, utilizing the writing skills she acquired while earning her Juris Doctor degree from the law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. .....read more.....