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Nichelle Ussery and Urban

By |2018-01-16T17:35:34-05:00December 23rd, 2004|Uncategorized|

By Imani Williams

DETROIT – Native Detroiter Nichelle Ussery is representing her hometown as an African-American lesbian author and as publisher of
Ussery, who started two years ago, grew up on Detroit bad-boy Donald Goines’ books. When the urban genre got hot again she knew she wanted to be part of it. She was reading urban fiction books like “The Coldest Winter Ever,” “True to the Game,” and “B-More Careful.”
“I can do that,” she decided. She put her pen to paper and began devising a plan to not only write her first book, but to self-publish as well.
Ussery is using her gift and is willing to share the tricks of the trade with others who want to write and get their works out to the public. For those interested in self-publishing, or simply being published, Ussery lists the Internet and home computers as giving people the boost to, “do and be anything they want.”
“You no longer need an agent, all you need is persistence,” Ussery said.
Ussery shares that part of the formula for being successful is doing the research. While she started her own publishing company, she says that there are a lot of companies that publish on demand for self-published writers.
Ussery’s first book, “An Urban Tale,” started out as a journal. She admits that in order to make it an interesting read, not everything on its pages is true.
“A fairy tale turned upside down,” is how Ussery describes the book, which is set in Detroit and turns out to be a clinic on how to run game. According to Ussery, the main character, Dane, is a complex blend of street and sophistication, a virtual ghetto yin and yang. A practicing lawyer and master manipulator, Dane is either the bane or envy of your existence: an educated professional who follows a street creed and who is in search of the perfect threesome.
Ussery said, “We all have stories to tell, if you’ve got something to say, say it. If there’s something you want to do, do it. There is a market for everything, just find your market. There is a lot of good gay and lesbian stuff to read out there. My book is representin’ for the ones who go both ways, or at least like to read about it.”

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