SPINNER’S STORY – BOOK ONE
From a cell in San Quentin, the San Francisco Bay area’s internationally known California State prison, comes to you the true biography of an incarcerated felon, Jay Jay.
Raised in the Silicon Valley during an era when farms outnumbered industry, Jay Jay found trouble young, very young.
Serving time at age twelve is not the beginning of Jay Jay’s descent into criminality.
Take a crash course on the drug game with Jay Jay and you will find yourself reading scenarios you never imagined possible.
HOLLER AT YOUR GIRL – BOOK TWO
Cjay is a transgender woman of color, housed in San Quentin, the San Francisco Bay Area’s internationally known California state prison.
Cjay has been in nearly as many prisons as she has fingers yet nothing in her upbringing predestined her for crime.
Addiction does that to people, turns good to bad. Cjay loved and hated drugs. Drugs allowed her mind to rest but her mind could not rest without drugs.
Her mind, in fact, was spinning with pain, guilt, and rejection. Being transgender, especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s, was the life of a pariah. Fortunately for Cjay she had her fellow trans-sisters.
Holler at Your Girl is a one of a kind account of a presently incarcerated transgender woman who from an early age knew her identity yet suffered immense trials before finding her soul.
HOOD TO HEELS – BOOK THREE
“Hood to Heels” is the unbelievable true story of Lawrence, a child raised in American ghetto circumstances who became the epitome of extreme violence while at the same time holding tight an inner secret of female identity.
Prepare yourself to look behind the curtain. You will find out how crimes, such as carjacking and crack dealing, are perpetrated. You will stay up late with Lawrence, as his mind swirls in the consideration of who he is. You will witness the racial divisions found in Los Angeles neighborhoods pitting Hispanic gangs against black American gangs. Finally, you will visit the prison psychologist with Lawrence and, with Lawrence transitioned to Lauren, you will confront former gang associates as they challenge her identity.
Hold tight for an L.A. story Hollywood cannot handle: Hood to Heels.
MOUTHPIECE – BOOK FOUR
Mouthpiece is a brutally told biographical sketch of an incarcerated pimp, in prison for human trafficking. Raw boasts and brazen inner-city tales litter the story’s violent, unrepentant landscape.
Like a marked man, Mouthpiece keeps after the reader with a cold perspective. Money is the aim and young women are the product.
Bullets fly, tears drop, and children watch, Mouthpiece communicates the pride and prejudices of a warrior-pimp seizing plunder, camaraderie, and a demigod sense of self, through violence, street credentials, and psychological manipulation.
Brian Shipp is a risk taker. He skis black diamond slopes, throttles fast moving motorcycles, and cherishes the thrill of an occasional misdeed. He is a young man with a twinkle in his eye and a propensity for getting caught. Through hard work and charm, Brian races his way to the top, only, time after time, to find himself crashing down due to ill-conceived schemes.
38 YEARS LATER – BOOK FIVE
“38 Years Later” is a post-modern tale of a youth from a broken background making sense of the world by giving his all to every endeavor, be it unlawful or good-natured. It is the tale of a life in progress, to this day.
“38 Years Later” covers two periods in Brian’s life, before prison and life in prison. The before prison story takes the reader through Brian’s upbringing and early life choices, including a play-by-play of Brian’s 1980 commitment offense, an offense for which he remains in prison today. The life in prison story reveals how time does not stop when men face the world in shackles.
Brian’s story is a tale of redemption and a tale that exemplifies the enduring character of human hope.
Learning Curve: An Introduction to (Death Row Inmate) Johnny D. Miles’ Collage Art, Poetry, & Mind
The Learning Curve is fine art in that patient informed perception is required for a fuller imbuing of Johnny Mile’s artistic intent and subterranean self-expression. The Learning Curve is meant for the learned: a person that can separate flair from meaning; a person able to perceive thematic repetition and aberration; more or less an investigative and curious art enthusiast and/or enjoyer of abstract poetry.
Johnny Mile’s collaging and poetry exist within the solitary confinement of his own sense of rhyme and rhythm, concept, tone, and intrigue. His work is a soliloquy in the effort to find meaning and transmit meaning. All reading of his work should occur with the background knowledge of his minimal formal education for Johnny dropped out of school in the 10th grade.
Johnny Mile’s collage art is the diamond produced through nearly twenty-seven years of impaction by a solitary cell on death row, his own thoughts, and perceptions of self, and his character and propensities. Death row shaped Johnny Miles into a collage artist. Inspiration struck his person in the form of an adolescent’s after-school letter to a death row inmate; he tried collaging and it worked for him. Since that day in 2003, Johnny Miles has been dedicated to the art form.
THE FIRST OFFENSE – FIVE TRUE CRIME STORIES FROM CALIFORNIA INMATES:
Non-fiction biographies that read like fiction, that have life circumstances most people never considered, that present options most people would flee from, that bring consequences most people could never adjust to are the essence of the My Crime Series and the content of, “The First Offense: Five True Crime Stories from California Inmates.”
Follow to prison a pimp, a transgender prostitute, a methamphetamine cook, an L.A. gangbanger, and the criminally minded boy next door.
Place yourself in the debate as to whether nature versus nurture causes crime while you gain an understanding of the life circumstances, pressures, and motivations that compel unlawful conduct.
Then with a better understanding of the criminally minded, create a justice system that better represents your values as a citizen.
THE STORY OF LIL ANT & O.G. ROY – BOOK SIX:
Five attempted murders is not an accusation too often heard and premeditated murder is a phrase that chills the spine. Prepare yourself for a journey into the lives of two men, convicted of these very crimes.
By age 18, both Anthony Torres and Roy Brown were hard set on crime. For boys who embrace exploiting others and feeding oneself first, crime is the greatest thrill and paycheck. The difficulty in blaming both these boys, now men locked-up, is that the advertisement for the criminal lifestyle was not seen like a passing highway billboard, but as a friendly neighbor, or an urging father.
The role of nurture in shaping criminal disposition strongly makes a case in both stories; nevertheless, the free choice to pursue crime stands equally strong. THE STORY OF LIL ANT & O.G. ROY asks you to decide how boys become bad.