Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black Clover: Desecration of Purity by Herbert Kelley

Note: This book is suitable for adults only

Black Clover: Desecration of Purity
by Herbert Kelley

When Damon Green had his first sexual experience at a very young age, he could not have known that his new-found sexuality would develop into a full-blown addiction. Women were incessantly on his mind and growing up in a large city like Dallas, Texas, he had ample opportunity to indulge in his every sexual whim. From LaShonda, the first girl to show him what "feels good", to Freda, the woman who haunts his dreams, Damon shows us what struggling with an addiction can do to the mental health of a seemingly normal man.
Most disturbingly, we learn about Damon’s relationship with his mother and how it assuredly played a role in the development of his sexuality. While he wants nothing more than to have a normal relationship with Lynn, the woman he loves, he continues to be bombarded by a demon from his past who is determined to make sure that he loves no one but her.

Featured Review
From the moment I read the first chapter of Herbert Kelley's Black Clover, I knew I was going to have a hard time putting it down. Being introduced to a young man at the time in his life when he has his first sexual experience, which eventually leads to a full blown addiction, was a sure way to draw me in. Hearing Damon Green describe his sexual escapades brought this urban fiction book of erotica to life.
While much of the book is focused on Damon's struggle to control his addiction, we're also introduced to a number of characters who help fuel his flame, namely Freda, the woman of his "dreams," and her cougar mother, Penny. Although Damon tries to resist the feminine wiles of this mother/daughter duo, they seem to possess a certain power over him that only they have control of. Ultimately, as with all of us, it is up to Damon to dig deep within himself to find the strength to keep his temptations at bay.
Kelley is superb at developing major characters and drawing the reader in through extreme detail in the use of urban terminology, legends, and experiences. This work of fiction reads like an autobiography and at times I found myself wondering if it might truly be about the author himself (although he assures me it is complete fiction). My heart ached for Damon when he revealed his relationship with his mother and I have to wonder if that is not the driving factor behind his addiction. Kelley did a great job keeping me interested and longing for more. I'm expectantly awaiting the sequel!.

Interview with the Author

Hi Herbert. Thanks for your generous donation to our giveaway and thanks for joining me today to discuss your book Black Clover: Desecration of Purity.

I live in Australia and hadn't heard of "Urban Fiction" until now. Can you please explain what it is?
Urban fiction, also known as street lit, is a literary genre set, as the name implies, in a city landscape; however, the genre is as much defined by the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters as the urban setting. The tone for urban fiction is usually dark, focusing on the underside of city living. Profanity, sex, and violence are usually explicit, with the writer not shying away from or watering-down the material.

When did this genre come to the forefront?
Urban Fiction has been around since Hip Hop started, but it gained more popularity over the past 15 years.

Who are the most influential writers in this genre?
There are so many of them it's hard to say.

What sparked the idea for this book?
The inspiration was observing people that had an addiction to lust and watching different triggers unfold to ruthless needs because of tragic factors in their lives.

Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The idea for the book came first, then I created the characters.

What was the hardest part about writing this book
The hardest part about writing the book was I felt I was transforming in the a certain character in which I had to do a reality check.

How many books do you have planned for this series?
This book is part of a three book series.

How long did it take you to write this book?
It took about two months to write this book including writers block.

What is your writing routine?
About 4 am I get up and fix a hot cup of coffee and do some research. Then I will look over my previous writing and start writing my new material.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Keep your confidence up and never take no for answer.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I am not working, I like hanging out at the gym and listening to music.

What does your family think of your writing?
Everyone loves my writing. I do not let my mother read my work. She is extremely religious and that is how I was brought up. I do not think she would approve of what I write about.

Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
I grew up in the ghetto in Dallas. Times were tough but we survived. I played sports in school. I went to church frequently with my family. In my spare time we played marbles.

Did you like reading?
Yes, I do.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I could come up with stories so easily and they sounded so realistic. That is when I realized I had an imagination to be reckoned with.

Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?

What was your favorite book?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, because I love books with a lot of different characters.

What can we look forward to from you in the future?
In the future you can look forward to two more parts of the Black Clover Series. The next Black Clover book is written. I will release it at the end of this year. Part three is written as well. I might let the readers decide on an alternate ending. At the moment I'm writing a memoir of my mother's life.

Thank you so much for your time, Herbert. Best of luck with your writing career.

About the Author
Herbert Kelley is from Dallas, Texas. He is an entrepreneur who has studied Telecommunications. Herbert started writing in his mid-thirties and realized that this was very comforting to him. He published his first book, Snitching: The Forbidden Story in 2007. In 2011, he started writing the explosive Black Clover Series which broadened his imagination to horizons of which he could never have dreamed. Desecration of Purity is Volume 1 in a three-part series. Volume 2 will be released at the end of 2013. Herbert is currently working on his mother's memoir.