The book serves as a primer for people of color that have had unpleasant experience with whites offering some solace by giving voice to some of those backroom discussions about race. Let’s just get things out in the open.
Tell us something about yourself.
Live in Los Angeles now. Originally from the inner city of Philadelphia. Born in a prison hospital, survived a gunshot blast to the chest at twelve, ya know, the regular stuff.
What inspired you to write this book?
Well most of my life I’ve been a little sensitive to racism but I can’t put my finger on one incident. Believe it or not, in an unusual way it really was the 9-11 events that really pushed me over the edge. That was really too much for me. That was the most extraordinary event in my life. By far. Every day I think about it. I remember talking to my dad about media advertising news and lies and I joked and said, “Dad. You know what? I’m gonna write a book called How to deal with white people and I’m gonna don a name like Joel Roth or Larry Steinmann or David Goldberg” and he got all serious with me and said “Do it. You need to do it.” And he kept badgering me every day sending me emails “Did you write today?” Thus the process began in 2001. Now when you open your mind up to that sorta stuff, then you began to realize much more than you wanted to about racism and white people. I also find it really funny when people wanna talk about racism but don’t wanna talk about white people. You can’t separate the two.
How did you publish this book?
I empathize with the traditional publishers and how overloaded they may be with submissions and I didn’t really wanna add to their piles. I’ve seen their offices. Also we are moving forward with producing a film version of the book and fans demanded the book right away. So here we are.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
English college professors. They really encouraged me. I think it’s my perspectives. Or something. Either way, whenever I wrote I was always encouraged to write more. So I wrote a great deal of screenplays and a few TV samples and moving over to putting the book together wasn’t difficult. Also, I think I get a kick out of writing. No, I’m actually certain that I do. I read too much. Which really translates to not enough. And I read everything. All types of styles. So when I write something and come back to take a look at it, I like to critique it. I think when you’re an obsessive fan of something the natural progression is to get trained, study and take a crack at it yourself. I think Kevin Smith said that.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Wondering if you’re gonna get paid. No, just kidding. So far the hardest part is when I’m looking for the perfect word or structure. I’ve wasting two hours trying to pull together one or sentences that express the right cadence and ideas that I’m trying to convey. Rhythm is very important to me in writing.
Part of my little style. In play and screenwriting there is a little thing called iambic pentameter. I employ that in everything that I write.
How do you do research for your books?
Seriously? Research? The internet is our friend. If it’s not on the internet, then it’s not true. No, just kidding again. It depends on the subject. One thing I do is to absorb the best in the field no matter what I’m writing on. So if it’s a book about racism then I go to everything that’s been written on the subject and try to stay away from that. I’m not one of those guys that stays away from everything that everyone else is doing. I love artists. I respect their creations and work. So I got straight to the best.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
People love a short and concise book. In non-fiction that is.
What are you reading now?
Mainstream fare: The Celestine Prophecy, The Alchemist. I need to read the last three Dark Towers by Stephen King. But I figure if I never read them then the series wont ever end. Also I had too much facebook. Reading too many status updates.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I like horror books and any literature about history prior to the European expansion. I’m looking up info on the United Fruit Company and European Oil Companies in Nigeria. My favourite authors are Clive Barker, Stephen King and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
No, actually I’m not actively working on my next project just yet. But I do think it will be about what life was like all over the world before white people arrived. This is very interesting to me.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Don’t waste any money on scam artists posing as “publicists”. The only time you’ll talk to them is at the end of the month when their bills or rent is due.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
Media interviews. TV, Radio, Internet. We’re all over the place. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, the internets, you name it. How To Deal With White People by David Goldberg.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
They can surely visit www.dealwithwhites.com for everything you wanted to know about David Goldberg and the book How To Deal With White People but were afraid to ask. Thank you.