Author, and CEO of “The Cell Block” Mike Enemigo Talks independent publishing, Being Incarcerated [Interview]

Mike Enemigo

By Jack Barnes

Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?

Mike Enemigo: My name is Mike Enemigo. I’m America’s #1 incarcerated author, and CEO of The Cell Block, an independent publishing company that only publishes works written by prisoners.

Getmybuzzup: How did you get started writing?

Mike: I started off as a rapper. I started rapping in 1993 but got caught up in the streets and started going to jail. I was arrested in February of 99, and eventually sentenced to Life in 2002 for a murder that happened in 1998. [You can read about Mike’s case in his book ‘Conspiracy Theory‘.]

Around 2004 I decided I’d try to record and release my raps from prison. I managed to record the vocals of around 100 songs, and have a few produced, but I didn’t like the way my vocals were being laid and I felt the producers and engineers I was dealing with were unreliable. I kept trying but ended up just losing money. So in 2010 I decided I’d start writing books instead: same stories, different format; one where I didn’t have to rely on as many people. [You can read the full story of Mike’s experience with rap in his book ‘Thee Enemy of the State‘, available on his website, thecellblock.net.]

Author, and CEO of "The Cell Block" Mike Enemigo Talks independent publishing, Being Incarcerated [Interview]

Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your writing style?

Mike: I think my writing style is more clear and matter of fact. I like doing non-fiction pieces, though fiction is also fun because it’s less boxed.

Getmybuzzup: What’s the toughest part of being a writer?

Mike: The toughest part about being a writer from prison is lack of resources. I don’t have a laptop, I have an old-school typewriter. I can’t go back and fine-tune the way I would if I was out. I also have to wait a long time on getting information and things like that because I don’t have internet access, google, etc.

Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations?

Mike: As a writer, stylewise, I do my own thing. I just do Mike Enemigo. But I will say I was inspired by Seth Ferranti in 2008 when I bought a couple of his books. I was inspired because he was a prisoner in some other prison in America somewhere, who wrote and published his books from a prison cell, and here I was in another cell, across America, with them in my hand. That made an impression on me. Let me know it could really be done.

Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?

Mike: I’ve spent the last 4 years just publishing books. I started writing them officially in 2010, but began publishing in 2014. Since then we’ve dropped over 20 books, maybe around 25. So at this point my focus is this online “tour” to get the word out about them to folks on the outside.

Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest book?

Mike: My latest book is, I believe, ‘Pretty Girls Love Bad Boys: An Inmate’s Guide to Getting Girls‘. It’s where I teach prisoners how to get girls, despite being in prison. Have you seen my wife? It works!

Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful author in your genre today and why?

Mike: I have 2 genres, really. I write and publish prisoner-info books, and also urban books. When it comes to prisoner info books, I’m the one. The king. When it comes to the urban books, there are a few: Ashley & Jaquavis, K’wan, Dutch, Teri Woods, Wahida, etc. They all been around for a minute. Mike Enemigo and The Cell Block are about to be major factors in this space, however; whether anyone thinks we should be, or not.

Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your books relates to the most?

Mike: Prisoners and block bleeders.

Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other authors? (What’s makes you different?)

Mike: Everything my authors and I write comes from real experiences. The Cell Block doesn’t publish anything that wasn’t written by a prisoner, while in a prison cell. I’m not somebody on the outside creating what I think is best for prisoners. I’m somebody on the inside creating what I know we want and need. And when it comes to our street books, they all draw from experiences of which we’ve had, not our imaginations or what we heard in a rap song. There’s an authenticity others in this genre don’t have and therefore cannot provide.

Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?

Mike: More fire.

Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?

Mike: Go to thecellblock.net and check out our catalog. There’s something there you will love, I guarantee it. For a limited time you can get .99 cent Ebooks from Amazon, too.

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About Mike Enemigo

Mike Enemigo is the new “urban” art sensation who has already written and published several books. He is inspired by emotion; hope, pain, dreams and nightmares. He physically lives somewhere in a California prison cell where he works relentlessly creating his next piece. His mind and soul are elsewhere, seeing, studying, learning, and drawing inspiration to tear down suppressive walls and inspire the culture by pushing artistic boundaries.

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