Thursday, August 2, 2012

Interview with Qwantu Amaru, author of One Blood

Today we have a special guest, author Qwantu Amaru for an interview. Qwantu is the author of One Blood.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for the warm welcome! Well, my name is Qwantu Amaru (pronounced kwan-too a-mar-oo) and I am the author of the award-winning novel, One Blood. I’m also part owner of Independent Publishing Venture, The Pantheon Collective comprised of myself and fellow authors Stephanie Casher and James W. Lewis. One Blood is my first novel and it took me 12 years to write, edit, and publish.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m either researching my next project or using social media to connect with fans and other writers. I also write and perform poetry from time to time at spoken word venues across the country. I’m an avid reader (I try to read at least 2 books a month). I love watching movies, listening to music of all types, eating good food, drinking wine, and spending time with friends and family.

What age bracket do you write for?

I don’t have a specific age bracket although my books do deal with adult themes. But I’m a bad person to ask, I was reading Stephen King at 8 years old – surely not age appropriate!

What kind of stories or topics to you like to write about in your book(s)?

I write what I know and what I know is the pressure and liberty that comes from constant relocation (I have lived in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Detroit, Brazil, Philadelphia, NJ, and New York in my 35 years), complex family relationships, the quest to find the path, confronting the darkness within, the pain of failure, the joy of success, and the never ending journey towards happiness and inner peace.

What are the characters like?

I like characters who are combinations of light and dark. My protagonists have to find their heroism by battling their fear. My antagonists have to persist in their evil ways even though they are constantly presented with opportunities to do the right thing.

What inspired you to write your story?

One Blood was inspired by reading works such as IT by Stephen King, The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Native Son by Richard Wright, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Living Blood by Tananarive Due, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I used to describe One Blood as the book Stephen King and Richard Wright might have written had they collaborated.

I took the inspiration from these great works and combined it with memories of growing up in Louisiana.

What is the first line?

During the day, New Orleans’ most famous neighborhood was a tribute to architectural and cultural homogeneity.

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Lord of the Rings is my favorite for sure. Tolkien’s breadth of imagination and sustained storytelling is amazing.

What kinds of books did you read as a child?

I read Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Stephen King, mystery novels, and Choose Your Own Adventure stories!

What book are you reading right now?

Right now I’m reading Sharp Objects by Gilligan Flynn and Collapse by indie author Richard Stephenson.

Other than revenge, what is a dish best served cold? 


Write a 5 sentence story. Now. Go!

The well-known horror author heard the door open behind him and knew it was his time. He turned to see the serial killer he’d been tracking on the news who’d been targeting horror writers – he’d already killed nineteen. “So I’m next,” he sighed. “I still haven’t figured out how you target your victims,” he said. The killer moved blindingly quick, chopped off the writer’s right hand with a short axe, and said, “It was your handwriting.”
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I’d love to have them join my Blood Gang on facebook. Also, if any of you out there reading are writers as well, don’t give up on your dream of getting published. Invest in your craft, write the best story you can possibly tell, and let the rest take care of itself!

Thank you, Qwantu! Find out more about his book One Blood below:  

Summary for One Blood:

A supernatural curse torments a group of people unaware of their hidden connections. Set in and throughout Louisiana, the story takes the reader on an epic journey from the 1800′s to the early 2000′s.

Buy it on Amazon

Or you can add it to your Goodreads or LibraryThing list. 

Author Bio:

Qwantu Amaru has been writing since the age of 11. An avid reader, he always aspired to write suspenseful page turners and socially significant literature like those of his writing influences Richard Wright, Anne Rice, Harper Lee, Walter Mosley, Tananarive Due and Stephen King. Qwantu draws his inspiration from his modest upbringing in small towns and cities across the US.

In addition to his first novel, the award-winning ONE BLOOD, Qwantu has published five volumes of poetry. Qwantu is an active member of the outstanding socially active poetry collective Black on Black Rhyme out of Tallahassee, FL. He has performed spoken word in poetry venues from New York to Los Angeles. He is also part owner and one third of The Pantheon Collective, an independent publishing venture dedicated to bringing high quality independent books to the masses while empowering and inspiring other authors to follow their dreams. For more information visit his website, follow him on twitter @onebloodbook, join his fanpage:, or e-mail him at Qwantu currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

You can find Qwantu Amaru online in the following places


  1. Erika great questions and great interview. Qwantu thanks for sharing a little about yourself.

    Ollie Moss

    1. Thanks for reading the interview! Glad you liked the questions :)

  2. Is it bad that I google myself? LOL Just picking up on the buzz for my novel and came across this. I hope that Qwantu enjoys my novel. ;)

    I'd love to do an interview if you are interested. Contact me at

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