Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Antuan Simmons to the blog. He is here to answer some questions and share information about his book, Crab Syndrome. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in, please use the buy links at the bottom of the page to pick up a copy or two.
IBP: Try to describe you book in one sentence.
Antuan: One of the most honest poetry books you will ever read.
IBP: Have you ever wanted to be a writer?
Antuan: No, actually I wanted to be a lawyer. Ever kid wants to be a doctor or a lawyer. Growing up and seeing lawyers now, I didn’t know any better.
IBP: Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write freehand?
Antuan: I start off in freehand then go to a desktop. Punching keys is less stressful than writing left to right.
Antuan: I run and blog video website called Black History Films. It shows videos of historical African Americans.
IBP: How long did it taken you to write your current book?
Antuan: Two years.
IBP: What’s the best part of writing for you?
Antuan: Making friends with my readers.
IBP: Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of your books, movies etc?
Antuan: I had to go to Wikipedia and look up “Crab Syndrome.”
IBP: What is the one book that you think everyone should read?
Antuan: The Bible, if you want to know about life and God read the Bible.
IBP: Where can readers find your books?
Antuan: You can go to my poetry website Southern Poet or Amazon and search Antuan Simmons, The Mustard Seed or The Crab Syndrome.
IBP: The last book you’ve read?
Antuan: World History for Dummies.
IBP: Are reading or writing something else at the moment?
Antuan: I am starting a novel about the book of Samuel from the Bible. The book will be about the relationship between David and Saul.
Blurb: “The most honest book of poetry that you will ever read.”
The Crab Syndrome
1. Referring to a community, or group of people, resembling crabs in a bucket. That when one tries to leave, the other crabs pull them back down. That if a person tries to excel in life their community does not help them, and prevents them from excelling or leaving the neighborhood or community. Describes a way of thinking, best describes by the phrase, “If I can’t have it neither can you.”
Antuan Simmons grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has written three collections of poetry. The Phoenix’s Dying Light, The Crab Syndrome, and The Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed and The Crab Syndrome or available on Kindle.
He also has a poetry/spoken word CD called AntuanLive, which is a recording of a performance at Hastings Books and Music in Wichita Falls, Texas. You can purchase that on CD Baby.
His poetry has been featured in literary magazines, and he has hosted the “Why Not” restaurant open mic in downtown Wichita Falls. He has held numerous book signings and has been a guest on Wichita Falls radio station Hot 103.9. He enjoys meeting with other poets, writers, and educators who strive to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Visit Antuan’s website or follow him on Twitter. He is the owner of the website Black History Films.