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On The Block With Kateri ‘Chickenhead’ Young

I know, I know already…Chickenhead is an offensive term when it comes to Most if not All women. However, there’s always an exception to every rule be it moral or highly offensive. And yes, I am the first to agree, except when it comes to Kateri ‘Chickenhead’ Young which is the name I have dubbed her here at The Urb. And before any of you reading this goes off the deep end let me plead my case.The Unbelievable Story

Kateri YoungIf you are looking for an author who can make a meal that will have you licking the plate every time she turns her head and not feel ashamed. Kateri Young is your #1 choice on the market. Shushing me, she picked up her cell and called a strange almost scary looking (in the crazy sense of the word) man who dropped off a large box and quickly left. she’s not in her kitchen entertaining the likes of Foghorn Leghorn with a bottle of

By the way, if she’s not in her kitchen entertaining the likes of Foghorn Leghorn with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a hidden hatchet in the other you will otherwise find her typing away at her keyboard bringing you something to rave about. On my trip to visit her in her new Carolina residence, I watched Kateri as I sat at her kitchen table preparing for a date as she told me. I responded by saying, “My bad, I apologize if I caught you at a bad time.”

Strange? I thought.

Opening the box in front of me I was rather surprised when I saw two chickens inside clucking. I then found myself even more surprised when one of the birds looked up at us and said, “Aye Yo Kateri who’s the red nicca…?”
“WTF?! Kateri, I yelled… “Did those chickens just speak to me? And I know the one with the brown feathers just didn’t call me a red ni–…”

Smiling at everybody, Kateri replied, Ah, don’t mind them Dion they are my dates Shameek, and Beak. They are always pretending to be something they are not.” Taking her eyes off me she turned to them and said, “I’m glad that you two decided to ditch Colonel Sanders and come over to my place and help me with dinner. Will you all have a few drinks with me?”

We all declined. However, Kateri spoke and said, “Hey I understand Dion but I think my other guests are chicken.”

Quickly, I intervened and said, “Hey that’s not nice watch your filthy mouth you mutha–…”Well, I didn’t know how to address them because it’s not every day that you get to meet talking chickens, roosters, or whatever.”

Offering them the drink, Kateri said, No Dion, don’t I’ve got this.” Then turning her attention back to the yardbirds she said, now are you going to be a chicken and not drink this or what?

Well, to make a long story short. Kateri convinced both birds to take a swig. They  took several drinks like their middle names were Willie the Wino from Goodtimes. Then it happened. Not second after those chickens began slurring their words, two heads were sitting before me on the Table still talking while not realizing they had been decapitated.

WTF! I yelled are you f**kin’ crazy. Those birds could talk! You could’ve been rich!
Nevertheless, Kateri said nothing. continuing to do her thang. I closed my eyes, being too afraid to move or say anything as she happily waved her hatchet in the air. While my eyes remained closed, I heard pots bangin’ along with clattering sounds, and then some. within about five minutes I opened them, and to my amazement, there was a plate of the most delicious tasting food I have ever eaten. The smell alone made me forget the horror that had taken place beforehand. After having finished licking the plate and scratching at its surface then licking once again, I asked, “Hey Kateri what the hell was that delicious meal.” I won’t lie, the food was so delicious it could have been Monkey’s feet for all I cared. Mustajab from  Gorilla Tacktics also nodded his head in agreement with a silly ass grin on his face as if he had hit the million dollar lotto.
Opening her mouth Kateri looked at me sternly and said, “Oh, that was Drunken Chicken you just ate.”

Truthfully, I can’t say morally whether or not one should eat drunken, talking birds. But I did, and they were absolutely delicious, besides… who needs drunken birds in their life? Kateri has me fully convinced that they better serve humanity on a plate rather than on a national TV show like Ellen Degeneres or Wendy Williams. Therefore, without controversy and without further adieu I bring you Kateri ‘Chickenhead’ Young The Queen of Cuisine. 

Note: Below is evidence of one of the chickens present at Kateri’s residence.


Interview with the Urb

iURBAN.ME: Hello Kateri, may I start off this interview by saying that you are a woman of many talents, an author, publisher, and caterer to say the least. What else do you do besides getting Chickens drunk? (Note, I have tried your recipe, and it was very delicious. I swore I would not harm a drunken bird. However, when your stomach growls we must eat.)

KATERI YOUNG: Well hello Dion. Lol, I love eating drunk Chicken and so does half of Astoria NY where I introduced them at. Thank you. I am glad that you enjoyed them. I am trying to get a food truck so that I can take my drunk wings all over the US!

How many books have you written, and how do you brainstorm when coming up with an idea for a book?

I have written eight books already. Actually, I don’t brainstorm at all about them. They are about different periods of my life. I have lived it. A Perfect Murder is the only book that I did research on.

How did you get involved with the publishing industry, and how did you come up with the name Purple Diamond Publishing? Indeed, it reminds of Prince licking his fingers singing Diamonds and Pearls…OOOh! (In my Prince voice). Name some of the authors you have signed thus far?

OMG! I love Prince! It was a fluke actually. I was signed to a publishing company and the owner asked if I wanted a Publishing company. I said sure and I began to do my research on it. As far as the name. It is the same name as my Catering company. That name has given me so much luck. So why not keep it! I have Leena Ching, Lyric, Shawn Mosley, Resilient Reynard, Alene Cruse. Those are a just a few.
Please share some of the difficulties with our readers in which you have personally faced being the CEO of your own brand as opposed to being a signed author? And…Is it the fact that your books don’t have Prince dressed in a purple suit or that you can’t publish my book Barney the Purple Dinosaur Puffs Purp?
Or is there something else? I know you don’t believe us about Barney so here’s the proof. Please say yes, about signing me to this one book exclusive.

Lol, I am not a fan of Barney. But ok I will make an exception just for you. If I could put Prince on my covers I would. Lol.

Readers judge you on who you are signed with, the quality of the work you produce, your reputation, and the content of your books. I never realized this until I got into the business. I remember as a reader if the book had too many errors, I would put it back. It’s the same with my first book. I was ruined because I thought that it would be edited. But when I purchased it, it was a hot mess. I was so embarrassed and hurt. Now that I have my own, I will never allow my authors to feel like I did. It is just hard to get readers to trust in me, because of my first book and the rest that I put out that was a hot mess, due to not being edited.

What advice do you have for others who are thinking about starting their own brand as opposed to signing with someone? I was actually thinking about breaking into houses, taking some money and leaving a book behind saying. “Had you read my book this would never have happened…” But, Malarie Mitchell advised me against it.

Lol really! Sure way of getting caught for Breaking and Entering. My advice to everyone is simple. If you are going to sign with someone, check out all of the books that they have put out, if they all are not edited. Then step away quickly. This is your name and you have to take pride in it. You have to protect it. Now if you have the money to publish for yourself then I say do it. It is a lot of work, but do it. Now if you don’t have the time then sign with someone.

What are your future plans for your company such are you planning on setting up a Mars distribution center because Area51Ghettoalienwe believe urban fiction was created by aliens? And what are you doing that is unique to your brand in order to distinguish it from others who are heading down a similar path?

Lol, my mind never rests. I have big plans for my company. I will not reveal them because I am working with someone who I think is going to take us to the next level. All will be revealed in 2015. I have one of the best editors in the business that I just hired.

What is it that you look for in an author that makes you say, “Hmmm, this one is worth my time and investment? And what are your submission guidelines that you require from those seeking to become a part of your band?

I look for determination. I am just your publisher. I only do your legwork. You have to build your brand, your name. If your not willing to do it. Then I am unwilling to do anything for you.
In order for you to sign with me, I need a few things. I need your first three chapters, a picture of you, a bio of yourself, a brief description of your book, and something telling me what you are willing to do for yourself. Send all of that to purplediamondpublishing2014@gmail.com.

Can you give us a sneak preview of something that you or one of your authors are working on?

This is from my new book, The Female Don Dada:

My life was Drama. I ate Drama! I sleep in Drama! I bathe in Drama! Drama seemed to be my best friend. I did not want this life. I wanted peace. I wanted a Husband and some kids. I wanted that house with the three bedrooms and a white picket fence. Unfortunately, that life didn’t want me. Every time I wanted to turn my back on Drama. Drama grabbed me by my throat and squeezed me back into submission.
Since Drama wanted me in this life. Grace had to die so Drama could be born! Even though Grace needed to handle one last thing, Drama was better equipped to get the job done.

I was handed this life and I was going to ride the Stream until I die! I ran all of the Drug Trade for New York’s five boroughs and I refuse to rule it with a girl’s hand. I was going to Rule it like a Lion King controlling his Pride. Not Grace Lee, but Drama the female Don Dada!

Sit back, kick up those feet, and watch me work!

Name an author outside your brand that you enjoy reading their books?

Maya Angelou, T. Styles, Skyy, and John Grisham, to name a few.

What would you like to see more of here on iUrban.org that you feel will help publishing houses, authors, and readers have better interactions with one another?

I have been a fellow author with you, now I am a friend. And I must say that you have built up a great site. You already have the resources that we need. People have to learn to utilize them to help themselves.

Any last words?

I want to thank everyone that stood by me throughout the mess of my first books. I promise that none of Purple Diamond books will be less than perfect! I hope that you continue to be supporters for as long as we are here. Thank you all! Without you, there would be no us!!!

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Author Bio

Kateri was born on July 4, 1972, in North Charleston, South Carolina. She grew up between NY and South Carolina. Graduating from the last all Black Boarding Schools in Laurinburg North Carolina. After that, she received a degree in Psychology. And later gave birth to a baby boy. She began writing short stories and poems, and then she decided to pursue writing a novel. When it was finished, she tried to get it published. Receiving many rejections since the year 2000. She raised her son and attended Culinary School, where she received a degree in Culinary Arts. And has been a Chef ever since. Eventually, she opened up Purple Diamond Caterer and caters events between writing. Purple Diamond Publishing was born in 2014. Having 11 Authors signed to her currently. She is the Author of Wifey Tales of a Contract Killer, Character books Sabreana, Breana, Jalisa, Jamaica Mi Hungry Cookbook, Erotic Tales of Love, Lust, and Karma, and Killer Recipes by Kateri. She is due to release The Female Don Dada in time for Christmas.

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