Hello Wattpaders! I'm very happy to see you here. My name is Qwantu Amaru (kwan-too-a-mar-oo) and I am the writer of the Horror/Suspense/Thriller novel One Blood published by TPC Books in November 2011. This is a novel that took me 12 years to write, edit, and publish. I'm very passionate about helping aspiring writers get their work out into the world in a big way. I live in Jersey City, NJ and am currently hard at work on a book called From Unknown Author to Breakout Bestseller in 6 Steps, as well as my 2nd Thriller: The Uneasy Sleep of Giants. I look forward to connecting here on Wattpad!
Random Things About Me:
1. I'm a novelist, poet, and spoken word artist (check out my free spoken word album Mic Check on reverbnation!)
2. I also have an MBA in marketing and spent 12 years working in the pharmaceutical industry before striking out on my own
3. I started writing One Blood when I was 23
4. I gave up coffee two years ago
5. So now current my fix is Starbucks chai latte!
6. I have OCD therefore I only allow myself to buy and play one video game on one game system
7. I get very nervous before performing or speaking in public
8. I can play four instruments: oboe, bassoon, baritone sax, and clarinet
9. I collected 16 manuscript rejections before starting my own publishing company The Pantheon Collective with Stephanie Casher and James Lewis
10. I've shaken hands with Andre Braugher, Denzel Washington, Frankie Faison, and Colin Powell
11. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, Tananarive Due, Anne Rice, Michael Connelly, and Wilbur Smith
12. I do my best writing at night between 8 and 10 pm
13. I aim to write stories that will entertain, provoke thought, and spark discussion
14. So far I have lived in Pittsburgh, PA; Charleston, WV; Tallahassee, FL; Detroit, MI; Lake Charles, LA; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Philadelphia, PA; Jersey City, NJ; and Istanbul, Turkey!
15. One Blood has won 10 Awards to date!