welcome Zangba Thomson to Reviews and Interviews today. He’s here to chat about
writing, and in particular, his new novel, an urban fiction, urban fantasy,
action adventure titled Three Black Boys.
virtual book tour, Zangba will be awarding
a print copy of Three Black Boys:
Tomorrow After Supper or a Bong Mines Clothing T-shirt (winner’s choice) to
a randomly drawn winner (US ONLY). To be entered for a chance to win, use
the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other blog tour stops and enter there, too!
Zangba Thomson is the
Creative Director at BME LLC, the author of Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After
Supper, co-author of Do Right Do Good (a self-help guide book towards vision
fulfillment and entrepreneurship), a recording artist, and New York Life Coach
Examiner. Zangba balances his career and family time on the scale of hard work
and dedication, and his main areas of focus include his real life experiences,
metaphysics, and spirituality. Zangba’s work reinforces the basic idea that
goals are fulfilled when right decisions are made.
Welcome Zangba. Please tell us about
your current release.
Supper is basically a
heartfelt novel about three teenage boys and their adult co-stars. Out of
goodwill, the boys spring into dangerous action to obtain financial aid for an
Indian immigrant—a near-death woman who has only a month to live. The woman doesn’t
have any health insurance, and she is in desperate need of a liver transplant.
So, with valuable time ticking away, the three boys go on a dangerous mission
to obtain the quarter of a million dollars needed for the woman’s surgery, but
subsequently, little do they know that they will encounter huge obstacles and experience
more than they have ever experienced before.
that I recorded at Straight Live Studios, in Queens, NY. People who heard the
record were always asking me, “What’s the story behind the boys’ robbery
attempt?” And at that time—I didn’t know why. One day I just decided to
write and record a song about three black boys robbing a grocery store. But
that’s the wonderful thing about creativity, we as creators are never trapped, and
we have the power to add or take away from any thing that we have created. So to
make a long story short—I answered their intriguing question when I adapted the
three-minute-song into the short story—Three
Black Boys: The Authorized Version, which later evolved into the novel—Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper.
It wasn’t easy adapting a hip-hop song into a full-length novel, because if you
really think about it—my starting point would most likely be the ending scene
in most writers’ stories. Even Kirkus, who did the review for Three Black Boys: The Authorized Version,
was impressed that I was able to write my way out of a bad situation—and they
wrote, “But Thomson amazingly manages to tack on a happy ending after the
unbridled bloodshed!” If that’s not inspiring—I don’t know what is.
gardeners’ departure as an opportunity to do his dirty work. He wind surfs down
below the clouds and lands between two rows of cosmic trees. He walks on dried
leaves while reading the names of the cosmic trees as he passes by them. “At
last,” he says with a giant smile, after finding what he is looking for, “the
Melatonin cosmic tree. The main ingredient I need to permanently destroy their
human creation.” Out the corner of his eye, he sees a fountain flowing with
miracle water. Unable to resist the temptation, he makes his way over to the
fountain, and drinks enough water to satisfy his thirst. “Damn, this is good
water,” he says before pulling out a small metallic container from his
waistband. He fills the container with miracle water, closes the lid, and
inserts the container back inside his waistband. He walks back over to the
Melatonin cosmic tree and tries to uproot it, but his efforts are in vain. He
closes his eyes to mediate, and a short while later, the color of his aura
changes from light gray to dark red. Now, much more powerful than before, he
tries again to uproot the cosmic tree and succeeds.
Suddenly, the sky becomes dim and darkness covers the
fourth dimensional sun. The moon ascends up to its highest peak, but instead of
its normal glow, it shines a black fluorescent ray of light. The ground shakes
thunderously, and steam erupts from an underground lake.
co-authoring an exciting new relationship guidebook (with five other authors)
entitled Single Man Married Man,
which will explore the psyche of single, married and divorce men about their
views on the state of men and women relationships. It’s gonna be wonderful
because from what I’m hearing—a lot of women are anticipating the release of Single Man Married Man, which should be released…
sometime this year. I look at it like this—whenever you get a chance to do an interactive
project dealing with men and women’s relationship issues—the outcome and
response will always be great, especially if the advices given within the book
are genuine. There are many single, engaged and married women out there—women
who are having relationship problems, and those who are looking for a man but
they just don’t know how to obtain Mr. Right. Well, ladies, look no further—the
advices written in Single Man Married Man
will get you a man or keep you in the arms of your dream man. It’s a
win-win situation for all parties involved.
age, I would say around 10 or 11, I use to draw a lot and write poetry. And going
into my teenage years—when Hip-Hop was on the rise, I took a very special liking
to the music of Boogie Down Production, a Hip-Hop group that was originally
composed of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. KRS-One’s lyrical ability impressed
me so much that I started writing my own rap lyrics, which eventually evolved
into songs. And shortly after that, a rapper named Kool G Rap rhymed about a
Street Lit author named Donald Goines—who in my humble opinion is one of the greatest
storytellers in literary fiction, and after reading my first Donald Goines’
book—which was Black Gangster, a whole new literary world opened up to me, and
I knew from that point on moving forward—I wanted to become a professional
writer, and ever since then—I’ve been honing my craft.
your workday like?
full time writer, and my production/publishing company—Bong Mines Entertainment
LLC keeps me extremely busy with various writing projects. Also, I run and
operate my own clothing line—Bong Mines Clothing Company, which is a subsidiary
of BME LLC, and additionally—I contribute motivationally inspired evergreen
articles and Q&A interview assignments for Examiner.com/AXS Network and
WordOnDaStreet.com; and somewhere in the near future—I plan on branching off
and expanding into writing feature films and TV Dramas.
writing a book, I kinda use the same rhythm and beat formula that I would use
when writing a song. First I develop the soul of the story, which is the main
ingredient; and then I establish the rhythm or melody; the hook is elusively
placed in the plot, and oftentimes I find myself using rhyming words to
construct sentences, and while I’m writing—I’m also putting together a musical soundtrack
in my mind. It’s quite interesting and different, but through song—I can
dictate the story’s mood or emotion and naturally anticipate what scene I
should write next.
when you grew up?
I wanted to be a songwriter, so I wrote everywhere I went, and when I ran out
of paper—I wrote my lyrical ideas down on anything I could find or get my hands
on. Writing rhymes was my hobby before I even knew what I wanted to become.
with the readers?
visit my official website at www.zangbathomson.com;
support Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After
Supper—and all my other products, and subscribe to
receive my articles in your inbox. It’s been a pleasure, and I want to give
a special shout out to Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews—for hosting this
wonderful event, and also I want to give thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions—for
organizing this magnificent “Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour” for Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper.
(PEACE) and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation.