PaPa Sak; Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law: The Controversy on Florence
Known as the “Kingpin of the Inkpen”, PaPa Sak is an author who’s from the streets of L.A. His novels reflect the harsh realities of living in the hood along with the lessons readers can learn from them. Active in the literary community, Sak took some time out to share his latest release with us along with his future plans.
Who is PaPa Sak for some of our readers who may not know you?
PaPa Sak is my pen name. I write urban fiction novels based in Los Angeles or Southern California. As of now I have eleven self published novels under my multimedia company Etched N Stone Books & Entertainment, Inc. I’m a writer, poet and researcher and the father of one son.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I have been able to write. I used to write comic books when I was in middle school and a friend of mine would draw the art. I seriously started writing to published around 2004. I was going through a divorce and needed to make a change in my life and prioritize what was most important. Writing was at the top of the list.
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me to write all of my books. I’m a strong believer in character delineation and character driven stories. My latest release is: ‘Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law: The Controversy on Florence’. It is a story about a crooked cop being killed on Florence Blvd. and it causing a ruckus throughout the city of Los Angeles. Many people in particular the Black and Brown community see the Police as another gang so when they lose one of their ‘homies’ it gets real bad on the streets. In the story it causes such a controversy that all kinds of people get in trouble and many end up dead. It is the first book of a series. The inspiration behind the story was me thinking if street justice was applied to police officers as well what would happen.
What steps did you take to publish your books, including your latest one?
I wrote the book, had someone proofread it then had someone edit it. I decided to self-publish the book even though I had a small book deal on the table at the time.
What’s your favorite part? Would you like to share it with us?
SKIDROW TO THE STREETS
Eerie sounds bounce off the walls when you walk the street
A glimpse of brutal murder as you step in a puddle of blood he leaks
At eighteen mama said get a job or get out
So baking soda and weight scales is what he’s all about
Ya see morality is false when ya starving and ya bummy
And Delilah gives you what you want when you know how to flash money
So miss me with the righteous shit, I’m living for today
Surrounded by decay stepping over bodies laying under the freeway
From Skidrow to the streets it’s the forgotten population
A slow decimation, a human slaughter for wolves
Hyenas is at the gate and vampires is at the door
No armor for war so capitalism is rotten to the core
Which means martyrs got to fall, while blood suckers stand tall
And slain soldiers only get acknowledged with graffiti on the walls
Life is not valuable so we destined for doom
Because the one that could have cured AIDS was aborted in the womb
These are the children but we forgot to raise to grow
So they find love on the streets and shelter on skid row
A destitute existence and all the above
Not because of lack of money but because of lack of love
A dark ambiance riddles the atmosphere
No real safety net because our bodies radiate with fear
From Skidrow to the streets poverty prevails
Two different types of hell from the gutters to the county jails
Hidden tears are displayed through violent acts of anger
Because hunger pangs is a danger and justice is a stranger
So pardon my expression if I say fuck the world
Forced to be a fighter not a lover because pops didn’t slide on a rubber
First to fertilize the egg the concrete is my bed
The first of many babies born with a gun to his head
Well that’s the sentiment so hard knocks and myself has become intimate
In an embrace of bellowed pain so my soul is sensing it
Where money is worshipped so you’re called weak when you’re sensible
Because manhood is judged by paper not principle
So look at my rags, the warrior poet still got fire in his belly
Aimed at my environment my spirit won’t be silent
I’m crying in the dark but fear is not an option
Where equality is a fantasy and true freedom is a concoction
The permanent underclass or rebellious criminal class
Where civilian military and street soldiers will clash
And the homeless are doomed and guilt is presumed
Left out in the cold where abomination is sold
And concentration camps is the alternative
Nightmares are an affirmative so morale is in disarray
Two sides of the same coin from the kick it spots to the sleepless gutter way
These are my untold stories for it’s the bitter taste of my agony
Clutching for the prize because both sides is in my family
Outside of writing Gangsters on Both Sides of the Law, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
I wrote a screenplay for a movie entitled ‘Dollars Ova Everything’ Directed by Proverb C. Wisdom. I’m working with a poetry group and I’m expanding into different facets of multimedia. I’m preparing to work on a short film as well.
Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?
I have a few shows to be announced soon but nothing with a calendar date.
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
Study your craft, develop your discipline, network and learn the business as much as possible.
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
I hope the best for all authors that are committed to the craft. Watch out for PaPa Sak because I’m coming with new material soon. You can order my books amazon.com in paperback and ebooks in Kindle & Nook.