US Mag: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education, your passion , etc.?
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York as the second of four children to immigrant parents. My parents came to this country to secure the “American Dream”. My parents pushed reading and higher education. As a result, I became an avid reader and would read all the books I could access in my house. I read all the religious books my dad had in his library, and the encyclopedia multi-volume from A to Z my parents purchased. This started my obsession with reading. Once I was old enough, I would to go to the library once a week and take out the maximum amount of books which at the time was ten. The librarian would often ask me if I went to school because she wondered how I was reading all these books while going to school. What both the librarian and my parents did not know was that I would read the library books during school hours and late at night. I often raised my hand periodically in class, so the teachers were not aware that I was not paying attention. I would hide my library books in my textbooks. interestingly enough, I was able to start college while still in high school. I was able to do this despite paying less attention to my school work, and more time reading my library books.
Later, I went to John Jay College of Criminal Justice where I met my co-author William Guillaume. I then went to Howard Law School where I obtained my law degree. I then took the New York State Bar and passed it on the first shot. My work experience includes working as a substitute teacher in the New York Public school system for three years prior to law school. I later became a college professor in criminal justice and paralegal studies where I have managed to merge my passion of teaching with the law.
US Mag: Can you please tell our readers more about your book ” Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pig” ?
Mr. Wolf v.The Three Pigs is a legal satire. It is a spin off of the story “The Three Little Pigs” that we loved so well as children. It tells the story of an older Mr. Wolf taking the now grown up three pigs to court. Mr. Wolf wants to clear his name despite the objections he gets from fellow wolves. This book focuses on Mr. Wolf as he battle both the legal system, his community, and the three pigs as he tries to clear his name.
US Mag: What’s the reason behind choosing this name for your book?
The idea for this book started with a question by my co-author, William Guillaume, as we were driving in a car. He asked
“ What would happen if Mr. Wolf took the three pigs to court”? This question took on a life of its own. This question led to writing Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pigs. Originally it started off as a children book, but then it evolved into the story the whole family could read.
US Mag: What is your favorite book?
I cannot say I have a favorite book because I love reading all types of books. I have also read hundreds of books in my life. Many of these books were great in their own ways, and definitely impacted my thinking process. However, I would say my favorite genres are autobiographies, history books, and romance novels.
US Mag: What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far ?
I would say teaching is one of my most exciting achievements. I have met so many amazing students who have added so much meaning to my life. Also, I have seen how my role as an educator has helped to transform my students’ lives in my over 20 years of teaching. I would definitely include writing” Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pigs” as an achievement. Writing this book has allowed me to connect with readers at book fairs and online. Our readers give us both positive and critical feedback. Also, my achievement writing this book has allowed me to encourage and support other emerging writers. Finally, it has allowed me to speak to elementary through high schools students as I push the importance of literacy.
US Mag: What’s your goal in life you want to achieve next?
I want to continue to write books particularly the sequels to Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pigs which are tentatively named “The Three Pigs Strike Back,” and the “Wolves v. the State”. Also, I want to get the soon to be released audiobook for “Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pigs” translated in numerous languages, promoted world wide, and eventually turned into an animated movie or series. Finally , I would love to do more motivational speaking, help others to write their stories, and encourage others to live with passion.
US Mag: What motivates you to do your best work as a writer?
My two children, and my audience motivate me as a writer. I would not say I have done my best work so far in writing. I am currently working on improving my writing. I want to get better at telling stories, and connecting with readers around the world. I want our stories to make people laugh while leaving a lasting impression. I want to develop legal satire as a genre for the writer who wants to take a risk in writing this type of fiction.
US Mag: Did you choose the writing, as a career, or as a hobby?
I guess I would fail this question on a multiple choice test because I would have to say none of the above choices fit why I write. I would say I fell into writing by accident. Writing Mr. Wolf v. The Three Pigs started with a question as I previously stated, but then took on a life of its own. However, I found I love to tell stories about the law, and society using humor. Consequently, I would not define myself as writer per se, but a person who wants to tell a story using writing as a medium.
US Mag: Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?
It might sound like a cliche, but I love to read. I love traveling with my children. I also love to post on social media as well as browse through the comment sections on various social platforms.
US Mag: How can people find you and follow you online?
They can find me on Facebook facebook.com/MrWolfVTheThreePigs/Pigs page with my co-author William Guillaume.