‘5 Questions’ Interview With Glenn Langohr! @rollcallthebook
Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Glenn Langohr to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!
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Describe your book Prison Riot, A True Crime Story of Surviving a Gang War in Prison (Prison Killers- Book 5) in ten words or less
Gangs run the prison – B.J.’s struggle to find redemption.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
I served prison time on drug charges. I turned my life around by going from addicted to drugs, to addicted to writing my experiences.
In Prison Riot, I was one of the only white inmates on the yard. I quickly found the biggest white inmate I could to work out with. We became friends with a handful of Mexican inmates from southern California who were heavily outnumbered by the northern Mexican inmates. When the riot kicked off, we helped out the southern Mexicans and were falsely labeled southern Mexican’s.
I’m inspired to show that incarcerating petty drug criminals in prison, is breeding an addiction into an affliction much harder to escape, for the inmates and the communities.
Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?
I’m biased, B.J. is my favorite character. He represents the discarded drug addicts and orphans of poverty who strive with all their heart to find a redemptive way out.
What was your favorite part to write and why?
My favorite part to write wasn’t the actual riot, I got busted up a little. We went to solitary confinement with over one hundred Mexicans and the prison administration put a blue stamp on our cell. We soon found out that stamp signified we were southern Mexicans! It was fun to write about how hard it was to prove we were white inmates just helping out our new friends.
Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?
I also help inspire other prisoners to make a change through writing and art. I give a voice to the voiceless as much as I can and am starting a clothing line that uses inmate art. When I get it all the way up and running I want to give a percentage to victim restitution so the inmates are giving back, and finding some level of redemption.
Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!
If you like James Patterson or Elmore Leonard, you’ll love my books. I write fast paced crime thrillers from the inside of the criminal justice system out. Kirkus Discoveries Nielson Media related my first drug war novel Roll Call to the blockbuster movie Traffic.
Prison Riot, A True Crime Story of Surviving a Gang War in Prison (Prison Killers- Book 5) is available on Amazon (Kindle).
Check out Glenn Langohr’s Amazon author page for more info!
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