Gossip Columnist Flo Anthony talks Deadly Stuff Players

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Gossip Columnist Flo Anthony talks Deadly Stuff Players
By Wilson Morales

December 13, 2013

Currently out in stores is the latest novel from celebrity journalist and media personality Flo Anthony, “Deadly Stuff Players.”

“Valerie, the most popular African-American gossip columnist in the United States, and NFL Hall of Famer Rome Nyland are the go-to team for solving Hollywood mysteries. Now someone is trying to murder Andrea Dumas, the wife of billionaire Victor Dumas, and threating their son, jockey Vance Dumas. When Andrea is found murdered in a sports bar, suspicions arise. Readers will meet jockeys and racehorse owners, hungry starlets, rappers, reality stars and all six existing Black billionaires who will do anything to get to the top of their game…”

Anthony wrote the novel while hosting several jobs including her nationally syndicated radio segment, “Gossip To Go With Flo;” and writing for several magazines and newspapers.

Blackfilm.com recently spoke with Anthony while she’s been promoting the book on tour.

What inspired you to write this novel?

Flo Anthony: Well, I had written a previous book (back in 2000), ‘Keeping Secrets, Telling Lies,’ and it had the same two lead characters, Valerie Rollins the gossip columnist and Rome Nyland, the NFL Hall-of-Famer-turned-private investigator. I liked these characters so much that I wanted to give them another murder to solve. That was the inspiration behind it. Then when I got the deal with bestselling author Zane, it made the story sort of sexy because sex is her forte. It’s not graphic, graphic, graphic, but sexy and juicy.

After 13 year, were there any challenges in writing this?

FA: It actually just flowed out of me. I’ve always been able to do creative writing since I was little, so I didn’t have any writer’s block. I would go to sleep and wake up and write down immediately what I was thinking so I would remember when I got back to writing the novel.

What’s the draw for folks to pick up the book?

FA: I think the immediately sell to the novel is that it’s a black Hollywood story and a murder mystery and it’s got great characters. It has a gossip columnist, a football player, a baseball player, and black dot.com billionaire. One of the lead characters is a black woman who owns her a real estate firm. There are all of these great characters and at the same time, all of them are seedy. The character Roshonda is a reality star but was a former hooker. It gives you something that you want to read and see, and then you have murder and mayhem. It’s an exciting ride. It’s a movie on paper.

Are there more stories to be told?

FA: I’m working on another one right now and after this, I will be done with Val and Rome for a while, but it’s called ‘Strung Out on Hope,’ It will be the third and final one featuring them and then I will move one with new characters. But this current book has real celebrities in it and of course, there’s character named after you. He’s a reporter named Wilson Rivera. He’s just a regular reporter not an entertainment one.

Which do you prefer to do more, covering celebrities or writing about them?

FA: I love it all. From covering celebrities and writing about them, the radio, the press, TV, I really enjoy what I do. I have a passion for it and I think that’s very important.

When you’re not working, what keeps you grounded?

FA: I read a lot at night. I’m really a TV junkie. I watch a lot of television from Law & Order: SVU to Lifetime Television to BET’s The Game. There are a lot of shows that I like. I fell in love with The Haves and The Have Nots on Oprah’s Network. That keeps me grounded. I’m very religious. My boyfriend keeps me grounded. I’m just a grounded person in general because I had very grounded parents. My father used to say, “No matter how high you ride, you never lose touch with the real world.” I grew up with parents who thought like that and I guess I’m the same way.

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