Born, Shanna Marie Teasley in December of 1980 to Deacon James (deceased) and Deaconess Priscilla Teasley; Shan Marie is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in nearby Decatur, Georgia (east of Atlanta), she is the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. Searching for a place to belong and how she could fit into the equation of life, at the tender age of nine she wrote her first short story. Always having a vivid imagination – in addition to real life situations and circumstances – she began to put her thoughts and feelings on paper.
Overwhelmed with a need to express herself – also to simply entertain others – Shan Marie continued to explore the newly found love for literature. She fell head-over-heels in love with Urban Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery novels. By the age of seventeen, she’d completed her very first novel; needless to say, she’s grown emotionally and mentally since then, bringing her writing full circle.
Shan Marie diligently writes with a heart-filled desire to provide heart-wrenching and warming fiction for her readers. Writing novels that specialize in heroin based plots with the twists and turns of street life is her passion. Full of love for a plethora of genres, she’s completed eight novels; including an Urban Christian novel and the first of an Urban Murder Mystery series.
Shan Marie is fully aware of the gift and talent that her heavenly Father has bestowed upon her, therefore, she has also began a...
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Donald Ray Johnson is a motivational speaker and writer with a little over 4½ years of experience in the publishing business. He is the leading author and co-founder of Southern Classic Publishing LLC, a Texas based company, who’s mission is to make a bold statement from the south. He is the author of the urban classic, BONA FIDE STREET THUG and many other novels that are to be released in the near future. In 2005 Donald was sentenced to prison, where he discovered his own ability to write street fiction. He is from Houston Texas and currently uses his time wisely, tutoring other incarcerated authors, who are seeking to get into the business of publishing.
Get to know Donald:
Q: What inspired you to start writing Street Fiction and when
did you start?
I started writing street fiction in the summer of 2009, after
having a debate with another guy on who could write the best
street stories. At the time, I really didn’t know the first thing
about writing a book and I hadn’t played that much attention to
any urban novels.
Q: What is Bona Fide Street Thug about and what do you hope readers will gain from it?
Bona Fide Street Thug is about a street hustlin’ mastermind named
Javoo. He’s a jacker, but he kinda has this good guy-bad guy
thing going on through the whole story. When a girl that he knows
brother gets killed, she comes and asks if he could help her find
out if a notorious drug dealer named Money Black killed her
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