The Family: The Brotherhood
By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

I Am Now A Published Author

I Am Now A Published Author

The Family ebook cover

I’m a published author! I honestly never thought I’d be able to say that; I always saw authors as these out of reach masters of words that crafted stories I could lost in for hours on end. Now I’m one of them. To go from doctors telling me that I wouldn’t even live past the age of an infant to graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, to publishing my first novel. Who would’ve thought? Wow, I can’t believe it, I’m a published author!

For those who don’t know, The Family began as a passion project for me years ago, and has since evolved into the full-fledged novel that it is now. It was the first thing that I wrote seriously, thanks to the encouragement that I received from my family and close friends, who constantly urged me to continue writing, no matter how discouraged I got with myself. I used to compare myself to other authors and how well they were able to craft their worlds, how masterfully they were able to immerse their readers, but one day I realized that there was no point in doing that. Writing for me isn’t about comparing myself to other writers; it’s about sharing the stories I come up with.

So, after six years of writing and rewriting, editing and reworking, we have The Family: The Brotherhood, a story about Leone and Nicholas, two former best friends who were once close as brothers. Years after a falling out, they find themselves at the head of two of the most powerful gangs in a country torn asunder by gangs. The Family has gangs in it, sure, but it’s really about Leone and Nicholas. Their relationship is what the story revolves around, and if you enjoy stories driven by emotion, unpredictable characters and a plot where you can’t be sure what will happen next, I’m sure you’d enjoy The Family.

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This is only the beginning though! The Family was the first story I'd ever written, and after years of honing my craft, I have realized that this is my passion and what I love to do. My dream is to be able to do it for a living (I know, I know), but that is my dream. I have a few books in the pipeline at the moment now that I'm finished with the first in The Family duology. My next book won't be out until this December or January 2017, but look forward to more on that next week. And for those of you who want a peek at some of my newer books, you can check them out over on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/dontemm
 
The Family: The Brotherhood is now available in both print and on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GZ7IP0!

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