- March 3rd, 2011
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I had the absolute pleasure to speak with Vanessa Mulling’s and talk about her HOT new book “The Night Trade” which tells a very interesting story about five young women who sought to better their lives by entering into one of the world’s oldest professions.
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MISI: First off, I’d like to start by saying that it’s a pleasure to have you on our website.
Vanessa: The pleasure is truly mines. Thank you!
MISI: I understand you have a book titled:”The Night Trade”, that’s been receiving some great reviews. Tell me a little bit about it and how you developed the creative mind set to write it.
Vanessa: Yes, The Night Trade is a controversial and conversational piece. Either people love it or they hate it. I take the good with the bad. You see there’s the consumer who automatically assumes what the media has interpreted strippers/exotic dancers to be home wreckers, gold diggers, and lazy women. Then you have the consumer who is fascinated by the pole dancing, the fast money, hustle, and the stories. Fortunately, I have been lucky and all of the reviews that I have received are all the same and consistent. My readers say, “The book is a page turner and when is the next one coming out”? I was inspired to write about strippers/exotic dancers about eight years ago when my baby sister entered the game. I also had several friends who were in the business (‘stripper game’) or as I refer to it as (The Night Trade) and the alter ego’s and dual lives they live weren’t just filled with allure but their stories were very intriguing. There has been several takes on the stripper/exotic dance industry over the last two decades in film. “Flashdance”, “StripTease”, “Showgirls”, and the famed “The Player’s Club”. All of them garnering lucrative box office sales and pop culture credit proving that there is a subculture market for this taboo industry. All of these movies depicted the lives of individual women; I decided to turn it up a notch and introduce five different women and their lives before they entered the stripping game, while they are in it, and after. Asides, from the fact that there are five different types of women each with a different story, background, and race. The reader from a females perspective will be able to relate on one of three levels. Either they will know a woman like one of the characters, want to be one of the characters, or she actually is one of the girls in the story. From all my male readers, they say the book allows them to get into the minds of women and have a completely different respect, love, and sympathy towards these ‘female hustla’s’. I felt that when a man is a ‘block boy’, ‘dope boy’ or a ‘hustla’ we respect and glorify his hustle. But, when a woman chooses to legally and respectfully use her body to fulfill her clients fantasies and equally work as many hours, deal with the politics of the business, and get money? “She’s considered a hoe”? Or an Opportunist? I wrote “The Night Trade” to education, clarify, and evoke an awareness from all of the ignorance that is revolved around strippers/exotic dancers in the exotic dancing industry.
MISI: What can readers expect from your book “The Night Trade”?
Vanessa: A non-stop roller coaster ride filled with love, pain, lust, seduction, deceit, murder, and betrayal.
MISI: You have quite an impressive music background. How has that guided you in the direction of being a writer/author?
Vanessa: Thank you. Getting my first break being signed by Mario Winans, (YellowCity) in 2002 and working at Daddy’s House, (Bad Boy) was a real growing experience as a songwriter in my music career. Being a part of that whole camp really built character, competitiveness, and the determination to just always have the hottest lines, the craziest melodies, arrangements, and learn allot of formulas that really create hit records. Mario was an amazing teacher, producer, and musician and learning from a brilliant writer, artist, and producer such as himself. Those experiences taught me how to apply those same guidelines that I used in my music career as a songwriter to my career as an author.
MISI: Lets discuss your book a little bit more. What were some of the challenges you faced in writing?
Vanessa: Honestly, there weren’t very many challenges I faced writing this book. My main concern was making sure that I depict these women in a ‘true’ light. I didn’t want to degrade them, stereotype, or sensationalize. I just wanted to keep it as real as possible and write it from the dancers point-of-view. Not a directors, or a customer’s, or a soccer mom who’s never seen the inside of a strip club a day in her life. If she wanted to find out what the club was all about she could go out buy the book, get a couple of her girlfriends together with their books, and they could start a book club and be educated.
MISI: What other author’s inspired you? Name an author you would want to read your book?
Vanessa: Dream Hampton, Jamilah B. Creekmur, Wahida Clark, T. Styles, and Nikki Turner
MISI: Now that you have written your book, what is next in line for you in the near future?
Vanessa: Well, I’m currently working on my next book “Sex Shooter” that’s going to be released this year. As well as a few different projects that are in the works.
MISI: What do you want people to know about “Vanessa Mullings”?
Vanessa: I’m not afraid to say or address the things we all think; but choose to avoid because its chancy.
MISI: Name your top 5 favorite books.
Vanessa: 1. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success-Deepak Chopra, 2. The Art of Seduction-Robert Greene, 3. 48 Laws of Power-Robert Greene, 4. The 50 Laws of Power-Robert Greene and 50 Cent, 5. Living Your Best Life Now-Joel Osteen
MISI: I have to ask this question for all the fellas out there: What type of man gets your attention?
Vanessa: A man that’s funny, confident, and intelligent but street smart. And that’s about getting his paper.
MISI: What kind of advice would you give to “beginning” writers aspiring to publish a book?
Vanessa: Do tons of research when it comes to every single aspect of deciding to become a author/self-publisher. I mean research all of the different platforms you can distribute your product to, editors, printing companies, marketing companies, public relations companies, sponsorship, advertisers, investing the money into a great website, branding, and promoting yourself. And then last but not least understanding that after you’ve accomplished the feat of actually writing and packaging your book. The work has just begun because you have to believe in what your selling and now remove yourself from behind your desk and get out and actually sell your work. “Research is the key to success in any and every aspect of a successful project or business period”.
MISI: Lastly, are there any special shout outs that you want to throw out there?
Vanessa: Of course, I wanna shout out all of my fans who have purchased my book! I gotta’ send a special shout out to Mike ‘Pops’ Adams, Kendall Holt, Shamil D., and S. Bryant for believing in me. I want to thank MISI for giving me the platform to reach a whole new audience. Remember… “Transactions can still be made after dark”. “Welcome to The Night Trade”.
Vanessa Mulling’s Professional Bio
Desiring to not only make a difference in the entertainment industry but to also set standards which seem to be absent from the field, Vanessa “L.A” Mullings founded LASELAND ENTERTAINMENT. The twelve- year-old company was created in an effort to knock down walls and focus on creative and progressive content, rather than further the practice of stereotypical contributions and ‘creations’. Underst anding the concept of business at
an early age, Mullings established her own production company, which focused on writing, production, and vocal arrangement. Consequently, the professional and published SONY/ATV writer-and the second half of the writing team “TRA & L.A” has worked with some of the industry’s top producers and chart-topping artists.
Mullings is constantly seeking ways and outlets to not only showcase her known talent and abilities, but to also challenge the bold and expressive visionary to move beyond that which she sees. Recently venturing into other avenues of writing, Mullings is now working on several projects as an author, screenplay writer, and director. In addition to completing her first book, “THE NIGHT TRADE,” released through her self-published company LASELAND Publishing. Mullings has also written her second novel entitled, “Screaming In Silence” a non-fiction book based on Melvin Brown the CO-CEO of KONVICT MUZIK, and her most recent fiction novel, which will be released later this year entitled, “SEX SHOOTER”. As a self-motivated, forward-thinking and creative being Mullings completed the script for the full feature film, “THE NIGHT TRADE”. Co- writing this script just wet the artistic appetite of Mullings as she already has her sights set on projects to produce. From the world of hip-hop to the world of film, crossing ‘the great divide’ was merely a pleasure walk for the dynamic, creative inspiration that is Vanessa “L.A” Mullings.