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Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Clever Black and his immediate family left New Orleans on August 28, 2005 to escape hurricane Katrina and they’ve never returned to the city except for the occasional visit. He now calls Charlotte, North Carolina home.
Clever Black Books, LLC was formed in 2011. Its goal is to deliver a thought-proving read to all who are interested in this epic family saga that exposes and expresses many of life’s experiences—the American experience. The Holland Family Saga is America at its best and its worst. It is a sweeping and epic family saga filled with drama, violence, deep-dialogue and deadly alliances. And that’s just scraping surface.
In less than two years, Clever has released seven full-length novels under his own publishing company. In February of 2014, he signed with Write House Publishing and released his eight novel, titled Outlaw Chics, and now has a total of nine novels, with two more novels slated for release in 2014, The Holland Family Saga Part Eight: Definition of a Boss, and Outlaw Chics part two coming in the fall/winter.
Clever has a bi-monthly column in Urban Grapevine Magazine, a digital magazine that caters to Urban Fiction, People, Polliticking and Publishing. Writing is his passion. Telling stories is a skill he works hard at every day in order to perfect and refine his craft as he evolves on the literary stage.
GETTING TO KNOW CLEVER BLACK...
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? BBQ goat.
If you could bring one character to life from your favorite book, not including your own, who would it be? Noah from the Bible. Would love to know what the world was like before the flood.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Many men indulge themselves into a way of life that ultimately forces them to become slaves to the very world they seek to conquer. (My own)
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? I'd throw a party similar to the movie The Hangover and strictly for fun.
What did you want to be when you grew up? One of the things I am today: a truck driver.
What 3 songs would be included on the soundtrack to your life? A Change Gonna Come by Sam Cooke. Foe the Love of Money by Bone. The Formula by D.O.C.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money? Kool Moe Dee's song Go See the Doctor.
Where’s Waldo? In a crowded train station behind the pillar on the left.
If you were immortal for a day, what would you do? Travel to another galaxy.
What sound do you love? Kids' laughter, peace and quiet, and cheering at sporting events.
PRAISE FOR CLEVER BLACK
“I am always skeptical of books that claim to be about New Orleans. I am a New Orleans native & current resident & usually the books that claim to be about the N.O. really don't have a clue. Not this one. It was so real! From the neighborhoods to the way the characters talked and interacted! I really enjoyed this book. It caught my attention & keep me eagerly anticipating every page! This book had me rooting for the crew to make it. It broke my heart, made me happy, made me sad, & made me angry all at the same time. You won't be disappointed with this one! I absolutely can't wait for part 2!” - Richelle Lloyd
“Clever Black outdid himself with this book. It's definitely a page Turner! Glad to know the saga continues because this series is awesome!” - T. Edwards
“Clever Black books keeps raising the bar. He takes readers into his books so they aren't reading but living in his story. It's not my usual type of book but he has me hooked.” - Mary Ann Wade
“I have read all of the Holland Family books I waited till I finished this one before I reviewed them. Please read these books you won't be sorry, I felt like I was part of the family at times because I could relate to them. I hope this isn't the last one I want them to go on forever!” - Patsy L. Davis