SGL Booklovers: Tell us about you the person and the writer?
Terrance Dean: I love solitude. I love the ocean. I love living by water. It provides the perfect landscape for writing. I escape to a beachside home to write a lot of times. I also love driving. It allows me the opportunity to think and observe God’s picturesque landscape and to allow my stories to take shape. And, it also is where I have conversations with God. Those are some deep conversations, and I tend to listen a lot. I often drive across the country as I am not a big fan of flying.
SGL Booklovers: Tell us about your new novel?
Terrance Dean: I would describe my new novel, MOGUL, as a modern day roman-a-clef. There is a lot of truth to this story, along with lots of fictionalize situations and persons. But, all-in-all it’s a poignant story about the entertainment industry, and in particular Hip Hop, and the many closeted gay men who work, and have worked, to help create this phenomenon. It’s a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, and I’m happy it’s finally being told. There are many gay men and women in the entertainment industry who silently work behind the scenes without recognition. As someone who has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade, I feel people have a misconstrued and delusional idea of what celebrities lives are like, and what the industry is like. I want to invite readers into this world of power, seduction, and fame showing at what costs, and length, a person will go to rise to the top. Besides, I also feel it’s important we start a serious conversation and dialogue about homophobia in Hip Hop, and within the Black community. We’ve done so much when it comes to repealing, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ in the military. I feel it’s time to repeal the same within the entertainment industry, particularly amongst Black celebrities who are afraid to come out for fear of backlash. I know in this day and age, especially in the 21st century, that people are no longer naïve to the notion that there are gay Black celebrities.
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