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Author Brittani Williams Talks Working With Fizz & Her Career!

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Author Brittani Williams

It was really rewarding and good to see the future and what can come from your hard work.”  (Brittani Williams)

Author and graphic designer extraordinaire Brittani Williams has sold several hundred thousand books and is even currently writing books with two of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood reality stars. The talented young writer is doing what many writers dream to do in a lifetime. While managing the recent release of her latest book, “Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Philadelphia”, with the well-known New York Times Best Selling author Carl Weber, she managed to team up with former B2k group member and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood reality star, “Fizz”.

Brittani Williams and Fizz collaborated on his new book soon to be released titled, ‘‘No Excuses: Being the Father My Son Deserves”.

Co-Author Brittani Williams
Co-Author Brittani Williams

The multi-talented author shared some insight behind the book collaboration with Fizz as well as how she became to be the published author and writer she is today.

Nothing but great expectations are in store for Williams as she shared with us and fans what she is currently working on.

“I’m actually working on a lot of stuff, so there will definitely be more books. I’m even working on a cookbook and I’ve partnered with my publisher, The TMG Firm, to launch my own publishing company called “Trendsetters Publications”. My author LaDonna Robinson and I wrote a book together called “Guilty of Stealing His Heart”. I’m currently looking for more authors to sign and give them an opportunity to release their books. I’m also working on a collaboration with Hazel-E from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood called “Girl Code: Ethics as a Lifestyle”, so be on the look out for those in the top of 2017.

So of course it’s got to be a bit of a challenge when you land the opportunity to collaborate with a well-known artist such as Fizz and Williams enlightened us on the amazing experience.

“I would say it was just a little bit challenging because it was the first time I had ever collaborated with a celebrity. With anything new you have to figure out what works best and once you figure out the formula to get the quality content, then you can go with that. It was really rewarding and good to see the future and what can come from your hard work.” “I would love to collaborate with him again. He has definitely been easy to work with. He is nice and laid back…which is the same way he is on TV.”

 

For any writer, it’s a huge achievement to network with other authors and celebrities all while pursuing your dreams. Williams stepped back for a minute to share with us what it was like pursuing her dream as a writer and some words she would have given a younger version of herself years ago before the success.

“I would have said to myself to stand firm on what you want to do because as a teen I was always creative, but I wasn’t able to be creative because that was not what my mom wanted. So, when I got out of school it was, “no you can’t do that”…”that’s not a job”…you need to go to school for this. I basically did what she wanted me to do until I became an adult and I could say “I’m not doing that anymore.”

“So, I wish I would have stayed more firm on what I really wanted to do. Even though my writing career started early, I was still published in my early twenties and now I’m 35. I was published, but I started writing when I was like twelve, so I wish I would have been able to deal with that a little bit sooner.”

It’s always tough for those you love to accept dreams outside of their own, but Williams has stuck through the worst of times and she is amazingly doing beyond what many may have ever saw for her.

In a world full of critics, Williams added that you really have to maintain a tough skin not just in life, but even when it comes to writing books. The hardest part about writing for the public eye is often the negative feedback.

“For most people it would likely be being critiqued. That can be tough sometimes like you can get emotional at times and your feelings can be a bit hurt. However, if you choose to be a writer or any kind of entertainer, you have to have tough skin because people will always have something to say. There will always be people that are negative and I love to take those things and use them to make me better.”

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Author Brittani Williams

 Williams has truly become a master of her gift for writing and is not afraid to step in any direction when it comes to doing what she shares a passion for, writing. When it comes to certain genres of the art, she is not picky about bringing those letters to life on paper.

“I don’t really prefer one genre over the other….I mainly write a lot of urban fiction, but that’s because that’s what my publisher wants or what the readers want from me. I’ve written other things, but I love to write period, so it really doesn’t matter.”

When you are into your passion, then everything related to it is nothing but a love experience. We asked if she had the opportunity to turn any of her books into a movie, which one of her top sellers she would pick from. Williams happily responded, “Definitely my book ‘Black Diamond’. I actually turned that into a play back in 2010. I produced a stage play of it, so at that time I also wrote a script for it. That’s always been something I wanted to see on the big screen…that would be amazing if that could happen!”

 

The saying goes that one should never upset a writer or a singer because you might end up in a song or a book. Williams says, “They never upset me, but I’ve definitely used the likeness of some friends and family…even myself in some of the things I write, but not because anybody made me upset…but if you know me, then you may end up in one.”

When we touched briefly on who was a major inspiration to Williams in her writing career, she calmly stated, “I would definitely say Quan because he has been around for a very long time and his work is consistent. Even when you are talking about his work, he never slacks with his readers…he takes his time. It’s a lot of good qualities about him that have made him successful, so he has always been someone I looked up to.”

Outside of her writing, she manages to keep up a successful career as a Graphic Designer and informed us that it is another talent that she will continue to work on.

“I will definitely continue with my graphics. I’m a graphic designer for a lot of independent authors and many of them are bestselling authors. If you log onto Amazon right now, you’ll see a lot of the book covers I’ve designed on the bestsellers’ list. My ultimate goal is to staff my graphics company, so it’s not solely on me.”

When you think of words like successful, accomplished, talented, and creative; Author Brittani Williams should definitely come to mind. We are excited for the talented author and her book collaboration with Fizz. She is living out her dreams regardless of any negativity and we all should aspire to follow suit!

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Written & Interviewed By: Tanisha D. Davis

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Here Comes Harletson!

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Harletson Band

Get Ready To Fall In Love With Harletson!

A series of encounters through the open-mic night scene in Los Angeles, transpired into the formation of a band with each member sharing a mutual passion for ’60s and ’70s music. The chemistry was inevitable, and their musical styles complimented one another. This lead to a permanent collaboration known to the world as, Harletson! Known for their creative covers of songs in various genres, the band delivers a “sweetly soulful brand of pop. This display has been unheard of since the era of the Eagles & Crosby, and Stills & Nash,” which were popular folk rock bands in the late ’60s.

 Rising to stardom at a very fast pace, the trio’s melodic harmonies have graced even bigger stages across the country, performing their debut single “Say Our Goodbyes on the Hollywood Today Live show in the heart of Hollywood. With a unique passion for storytelling through their music, the group was able to merge their personal stories of the journey to L.A. through the single, while yet managing to send a deeper, inspirational message to their audience. “When you really look at it, the song’s an encouragement to keep fighting for whatever you’re passionate about“, band member Jackson Singleton said.

Harletson Band Members
Harletson Band

  The band’s name, Harletson, derived from each of their last names: Nathan Harrington, Jackson Singleton and Weston Wilson. It won’t be long until the group brings their musical experience to a city near you!

Harletson band, gives major insight to having grasped great inspiration from role models in the likes of, ‘The Beatles’, ‘Eagles’, ‘Crosby Stills Nash’, and ‘Fleetwood Mac’ states band member Weston. “As for current artists we love Ryan Adams, ‘The Lumineers’, & The 1975”, adds band member Nathan Harrington. Despite starting out with solo careers prior to Los Angeles, the band managed to naturally come together with their diverse backgrounds.

 “I think it was a collaborative effort. We all just loved the same music and it happened very naturally!” -Weston

 “We met in LA through a mutual friend who introduced me to Jack & Weston, we started jamming, & got excited about what we were doing together, so we decided to do this thing for real.” We came together & worked as a unit so fast. It felt so natural that we all knew we needed to form this band. “

-Nathan Harrington

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Harletson Band Performing Before Thousands

The coming together of this amazing band was destined for the ability to reach the world through their display of unique instrumental and vocal talents. As with any band, the goal is to inspire people all over the world through music. Harletson compares their inspiration of music to giving off more of an old school vibe instead of the new school. Weston states, “Although we love some new things, old school is the way to go!” Nathan Harrington went on to add, “I would say both. We definitely have old souls, but there does happen to be some great music happening right now.”

 

The band, which is currently on tour, plans to rub off some of that glorious mix of old school for fans abroad. Jackson states, “We want to leave people encouraged, and motivated to create something positive in this world. The kids who come to the shows are just like us in that a lot of them want to see change. We are just three voices in a sea of the coming generation that want to create Art that impacts people.” Upon completion of the tour, Jackson added that the band will definitely be delivering some new music for fans this year! So get ready to fall in love with Harletson!

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Harletson Band

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