BIOGRAGHY FOR THE GHOST
The Ghost inspirational story from the grim and bloody streets of Richmond Virginia is legend and a treat to every ghetto child with a dream. Born into poverty and raised in a fatherless household scarred by abuse, violence and a short lived childhood, The Ghost fought from an indolence to find the strength, self love and perseverance that would later form the foundation of his unyielding faith in pursuing his dreams.
In the beginning, he had aspirations of becoming a boxer or football player even. But there were no professional boxers or football players where he lived. With both parents on drugs, he was introduced to the streets very early in life and succumbed to them out of desperation. He is all too familiar with the so-called thug life. Arrested as early as 14 for murder and in later years, he barely escaped a violent attempt on his own life. He always believed that he would die an early death due to an unsavory lifestyle. He recalls being shot at three times in one day by three different people and he hadn’t even turned 16 years old. He didn’t grow up under normal circumstances. The places he called home were actually war zones. Every one of his best friends, he has carried them to their graves.
The Ghost describes how things had come to a head in 1999. He was struggling just trying to make it to see 21 years old. He says it was his breaking point and God knew it too. (Best friend Harold Woodridge had bragged about turning 21) He didn’t make it; someone murdered him minutes after Ghost dropped him off. He was just 20 years old. Before the year’s end, Ghost’s mother was the victim of a heinous crime. Then in 2000, he was arrested on Federal charges and later sentenced to serve 10 year’s in Federal prison. He admits that had he not went to prison when he did, he would be dead or doing life in prison. A childhood friend’s mom saw him in 1999, before his arrest in 2000 at a Shell’s gas station. He was wiping down his Kawasaki motorcycle when he faintly glanced up and notices two women gawking in his direction. He recognized them on sight from his brief friendship with her son in earlier years. The younger daughter was also present. He was so bothered by the manner in which they were looking at him, he rose to a stance and began to walk over. Mother and daughter never took their eyes off of him. Finally when he approached them to speak, the mother says, “I know you are wondering why we are staring at you this way”… Ghost… silence…. “We thought you was dead,” says the mother.
In prison, he was like a caged lion fueled with anger and rage. Thrown in a cage after so much pain and so many years of lost in the streets, the weak emotions nearly consumed him until he found writing. Through writing books, he was able to channel those destructive thoughts.
“Writing saved my life,” he would later say. Tribulation of a Ghetto Kid, his first novel is based partially off of his turbulent childhood. He wrote his first novel at the age of 23 while serving his Fed sentence. “I was angry writing that novel.” The Ghost made the time serve him. While still doing time, he also manage to collaborate with local Richmond Virginia author, Nikki Turner on an Anthology project in 2006 entitled, “Tales From Da Hood.” He also penned a poem entitled “Dear Black Woman that was published at a local news paper and later in a poetry book entitled, “Surrender To The Moon.” Once a published author, it only fueled him to thrust forward and get better at his craft. He kept writing. With only a few years to go before his release, the inspiring author’s main concern was to not leave there the same way he came there. (With out a plan)
In 2006, he started writing Cold Blooded: The New Year’s Day Massacre. It’s a true story about a Richmond Virginia tragedy in which 9 people died, including children. Upon his release in 2009, he released the book and was met with waves of criticism from the media and city residents, some even went so far as to boycott the book. Even more bizarre than that, is the fact that Ghost just happens to be the son of the woman who turned the murderers in. He would later say, “I only gave my mother and sister the voice they were denied by those in authority.” The author took the criticism head on, risking his career, not to mention his livelihood by taking on harsh critics who went so far as to threaten his life. He challenged the Richmond Police department. And when the book didn’t do what he’d hoped, The Ghost reshuffled his deck, releasing yet another novel, entitled “Mass Appeal” in 2010. Meanwhile, he was making plans to have one of his stories (Reality Check) unpublished material/ transformed into a stage play. Although the stage play received raved reviews, unfortunately things didn’t work out and the play was shelved. The author has also had his share of shady business deals. He has been the victim of well-known authors, rappers and make pretend film producers stealing and attempting to take credit for his work. He intends to address that subject in a 2015 release, entitled “Jewel Thieves.”
Self-Taught: He wanted to be more than an author. It was his goal one day to be the CEO of his own publications so in 2012, he launched Against All Oddz Publications. A title he wears like a badge of honor. With writing being his only source of income, he could no longer afford to pay companies to perform typesetting and editing services. And he definitely couldn’t afford to pay to learn theses services, so he sacrificed a couple months learning online how to design and typeset his own books. Once he acquired that skill, he wanted more. He sold his recently brought ZX10 Kawasaki motorcycle and in return, he went and purchased a 7d Canon. He decided that he wanted to be more than just a publisher. He also desired to be a movie producer by transforming all the material he’d written over the years into film. He had spent every dime on equipment and the necessary programs needed, and now all he had to do was learn it. He sacrificed more months in, working, and trying to acquire these skills because Ghost figured that the more knowledge he attained, the better positioned he would be for success.
After six months of exile, Ghost came up for air. He now knew how to put an entire book together from cover to cover. No more paying companies to typeset his work. He writes books, fiction and nonfiction; screenplays and he has already begun to act, produce, direct and edit his own material. A production company was the next step. Ghost launched Against All Oddz Productions.
Not bad for someone who quit school while in the six grade. “Its not how far you fall, but how high you bounce back.” He received a GED in prison and went on to get an Associates degree in computer technology once he was released. He will be the first to tell you that prison is not a place of rehabilitation. Change only comes when that person is ready to embrace change.