Writing 'Alphabet City 6'

Hey everyone, today it’s time to talk about the process of writing ‘Alphabet City 6.’ This one was hard because I had to decide some important things. Before I delve into that, this book focuses on Kendra who had a rough childhood and had to deal with some unfortunate circumstances that a lot of teenage adolescents go through.


What I had to decide with this was whether to be graphic in detail or to write it in a way where it’s understood what happened to her. For me, it’s hard to write this subject matter without feeling some emotion and I knew the direction I was heading in from beginning to end of this book. 


While the story is fictional, I was sure to address the issues that young adolescents face in their teenage years. The journey I went on with this was challenging because her childhood turned into her living on the streets and falling into drug addiction for quite some time. It’s the realities of not just Alphabet City, but just life in general. 


It was a dark road I sent Kendra down but resilience is always part of life and there’s a silver lining to all that she goes through. The hurt, pain, discouraging thoughts on life to healing, happiness, joy, finding herself and knowing she has a long way to go in life. 


We don’t discuss mental health, learning about ourselves, having outlets to get help when we need it, having people there for us with good intentions, which is imperative to our journey in life. Just think of how many kids in bad neighborhoods only know what’s shown to them and nothing else. That’s what Kendra goes through until she sees the light after a close call with death. 

Sometimes we don’t realize how strong we are after we deal with bad situations in life. It’s unfortunate the cards Kendra was dealt along with so many other kids in today’s world. This is not just a story of resilience and courage, but to give young kids hope. To give kids a chance to grow and not have to be adults so fast.


I want Kendra’s story to raise some eyebrows on what’s going on in today’s society. How there are a lot of parents neglecting their children because they didn’t get the healing they needed from their childhood. It’s now about breaking generational wrongs that have happened in so many families for decades. How we have a chance to change the narrative of how we grow and improve ourselves. 


That’s my blog for today, Alphabet City 6 is available on B&N, Apple, Kobo, Scribd and other bookstores. Paperbacks are available on The Bookpatch.


Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!


Jamell Crouthers


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