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Interview with Anthony Alegrete

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Anthony-Alegrete

Anthony Alegrete

A great pleasure to meet Anthony Alegrete, the author of Rabbit in the Jungle, today for an interview.

Anthony how would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
It’s the story of my life. My ups and downs, trials and tribulations, good and bad, and how I survived prison, the streets, and turned my life around.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
That people make mistakes. We all come from different backgrounds and grew up differently. And that if you make an attempt to seriously change then it should be accepted by people.

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What inspired you to start writing?
I was getting to a point where I was becoming a public figure for the work I do in the community. I felt it was necessary to let the world know who I was.
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How did you get the idea for the novel?  
I just started writing one day. It came to me.
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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Yes, that we are not all criminals. Yes, we might of did crime to survive and make money. But not all of us are still like that. And through this story I show the evolution of a changing man.
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Are your characters based on real people?
Oh yes, my characters are all real.
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Who is your favorite character and why?  
Myself. because that is who the story is about.
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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“This book gave me a lot of game” from Brent Buffone on Amazon. What he meant by this was it gave him knowledge. “Game” is a slang word of knowledge.

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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Overcoming adversity, interracial tensions, second chances, and changing your life around.
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What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
That the book inspired them and made them open their minds to new thoughts.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To always edit and proof-read, then proof-read some more and then edit some more.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?  What’s your least favorite?
Favorite part is creating the ideas, and plots, and stories. I got to reminisce. Least favorite part is dealing with the publishing process and getting your files converted properly.
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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
ALL OF IT! But anywhere I talk about my kids. I love them so much.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
Only that I would add more stories.
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If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?
Edward Norton
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How did you get published? Please share your own personal journey.  
CreateSpace. But I got published because of 111Publishing. Doris helped me out tremendously and made it so I didn’t get ripped off by the vanity publishers.
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What general advice do you have for other writers?
Just be you! Dont try so hard. Just let the pen write!
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What do you find is the best part of being an author?
The respect you get.
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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Goodreads page!
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What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?
Well this book is a memoir and describes it to the fullest, so there isn’t much
I left out of the story…
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Anthony’s story “Rabbit in the Jungle” is available as e-book, paperback and audio-book:
http://www.rabbitinthejungle.com

Listen while you drive “Rabbit in the Jungle” AUDIO-BOOK 
http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00EDRW1OE

Audiobook “Rabbit in the Jungle” now available at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EEAVS4E

Amazon e-book
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E368RD4

http://pinterest.com/pin/365354588490950308/

http://www.facebook.com/rabbitinthejungle

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From Bars to Books and From Prison to Praise

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An amazing true story, hold your breath… 
With more tricks than Bugs Bunny & more charm than Roger Rabbit; RABBIT IN THE JUNGLE – a brand new book that describes Anthony’s Alegrete’s rise from the streets of Los Angeles, through the penal system, to the halls of Academia. 

Rabbit in the Jungle tells a classically American story of second chances, hard work and hope. Sometimes raw and gritty, the book traces Anthony Alegrete’s youth during the West Coast Hip-Hop culture, his sometimes bad decisions, how he survived prison politics and finally built a reputation for himself at University of Nevada and partnered up with local fitness experts to bring a trendy gym to the downtown area of Vegas.
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Can you imagine to be in prison for some youth sins that haunt you later?
This book shares his story in a way meant to be cautionary and inspiring. Alegrete wants others to know the important role that family, friends and education play in keeping their lives on the right track. The title for the book comes from Anthony’s ability to survive in multiple dangerous environments.  “Along the way he had a lot of fun, a little trouble and learned a few lessons.”

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This book is also an eye-opener for young people and a Must-Read for social workers, politicians, parents, educators and bureaucrats.
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“The prison system isn’t working. Theoretically, prisons deter and reform criminals. Given the high number of repeat visitors in the country’s prisons this theory doesn’t hold up very well. The unfortunate truth is that prison often becomes a training ground and network that actually encourages further criminal pursuits. Prisoners become hardened and desensitized by the brutal setting.”

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E368RD4

208 pages, $4.99 available as e-book and very soon in print too.

More about the book and its author:

http://www.rabbitinthejungle.com

http://pinterest.com/pin/365354588490950308/

 http://www.facebook.com/rabbitinthejungle

https://twitter.com/JumpLA

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Rabbit in the Jungle: Goodreads Giveaway

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Goodreads Giveaway –  “Rabbit in the Jungle

With more tricks than Bugs Bunny and more charm than Roger Rabbit he navigated the street-culture of Los Angeles during the heydays of West Coast hip hop; navigated safely through prison politics; built a reputation for himself at University of Nevada – Las Vegas and partnered up with local fitness experts to bring a trendy gym to the downtown area of Vegas.
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The story of Anthony Alegrete and how he went from bars to books…
Rabbit in the Jungle“, launching next week, tells a classically American story of second chances, hard work and hope. Sometimes raw and gritty, the book traces Anthony Alegrete’s rise from the streets of Los Angeles, through the penal system, to the halls of academia and the competitive business world of Las Vegas. Along the way he had a lot of fun, a little trouble and learned a few lessons.

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Strong, controversial and eye-opening:
This book shares a true story in a way, meant to be cautionary and inspiring. Anthony Alegrete wants others to know the important role that family, friends and education play in keeping their lives on the right track. The title for the book comes from Anthony’s ability to survive in multiple dangerous environments.

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ENTER TO WIN – your FREE copy of “Rabbit in the Jungle” on Goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17979976-rabbit-in-the-jungle

More about the book and its author:

http://www.rabbitinthejungle.com

http://pinterest.com/pin/365354588490950308/

 http://www.facebook.com/rabbitinthejungle

https://twitter.com/JumpLA

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Pre-orders for RABBIT IN THE JUNGLE – an amazing true story, hold your breath…
http://www.anthonyalegrete.com/rabbitinthejungle/

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