Erick S. Gray
Erick S. Gray climb to success in the literary genre has been fortunate, but also nothing but trials and tribulations for this talented, 43-year-old writer from Jamaica, Queens. Since his debut in 2003 with Booty Call, he’s been consistent with over 16 books published, participated in many anthologies, novellas and helped co-write the Streets of New York trilogy within the span of fifteen years. His style of writing has been known to be raunchy, but also fruitful. His diversity in story telling makes him one of the most prolific writers of the genre. His characters are memorable, true-to-life, and Mr. Gray has the drive to become an icon in a growing genre. He’s been signed to a few publishing companies from St. Martin’s Press to Black Print Publishing. He has experienced many aspects of the genre, being to self-publishing Streets of New York with co-authors Mark Anthony and Anthony Whyte, from editing stories with Q-Boro books, writing screenplays and ghostwriting over three dozen novels. Mr. Gray has proven to hold his own in the game among literary giants such as Shannon Holmes, Nikki Turner, Terri Woods and K’wan with great story telling and being consistent with great material and other endeavors. The author of the urban sexomedy Booty Call has been writing seriously since the mid-nineties. His writing style of the streets, comedy, anecdotes, and well thought plots keeps the readers interested with every turn of the page. This entrepreneur is also one of owners/founders of CGD Productions and is also partnered with the publishing of SLR magazine (Street Literature Review) a well-rounded magazine about urban literature and upcoming authors of a growing genre, and also has a stable association with Vibe magazine. Mr. Gray is also making moves in other markets as well—one particular market is in with several finished screenplays. Born and raised in south side, also known as Jamaica, Queens, this 43-year-old, and young, and gifted author has brought himself out on a high note with his first endeavor. His first book, Booty Call was published by Black Print Publishing in 2003 and has sold tens of thousands of copies, and from there on, he never looked back. He continues bringing you good stories as he shows in his collaboration with Mark Anthony and Anthony Whyte in the Streets of New York series Volume, one, two and three, along with the long awaited “Boyfriend #2” with Caleb Alexander. His other novels include Ghetto Heaven, Love and a Gangsta, Crave All Lose All, (in which he won an award for best urban street lit book of 2007), Nasty Girls, It’s Like Candy, One Lyfe to Live, Money Power Respect, Booty Call *69, America’s soul, Gigolo and Sad Girl. Mr. Gray shows longevity and ambition among his peers in the literary genre. Mr. Gray also has been involved in numerous anthologies, such as Menace, published by Melodrama, Around the way girls 5, & Girls From Da hood 7 published by Urban books, From the streets to the Sheets, Guns and Roses, the ground breaking, Heartbreakers anthology with powerhouse Kensington and Flexin’ and Sexin 1&2, published by Life Changing Books, with Treasure Blue, Deshawn Taylor and Nichelle Walker. Mr. Gray is the epitome of how an author should show consistency throughout the years, by dropping books—but not just books, but great books on a yearly basis, and keeping his name going in the industry—“It’s about keeping yourself relevant and having some fun with it,” he says. Mr. Gray is definitely on his way to becoming a literary mogul by laying down the foundation with future endeavors and by not letting the world forget his name, because in his own words, he quotes, “Creativity burns through my skin and to let you know, I’m sentenced to life with a gift.” Erick S. Gray is showing the world that not all African-American males do not fall into the same categories of drugs, gangs, prisons and death, where each has a staggering statistic nationwide, but he’s taking the reins of his life and career and steering himself into a better direction. His future is filled with promises of more intriguing and diverse stories for the masses to digest. Erick is testimony in the old saying, “Don’t ever judge a book by its cover!!!”Read more Read less
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