Mr. Myers is a New York City-based fiction writer. Previously he was a marketing and media industry executive and entrepreneur who held senior roles at leading media companies that included Time Warner (Fortune and Sports Illustrated), Gannett (USA Today), and the CBS Magazine Group (now Hachette Magazines). He earned an undergraduate degree in communications with a focus on journalism from the CW Post College of Long Island University.  Mr. Myers also received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he attended as a Time Warner Scholar.  He once tested the laws of gravity and lived to tell about, and still believes in the ability of mortals to fly.
1.) Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a lifelong reader.  I grew up before the internet and 45 million cable TV stations, LOL.  I don’t want to disclose my age, but that means I owned a library card and as a kid entertained myself with books.  I fell in love with fiction and mysteries as a kid and moved to biographies and self-help as an adult, but still found time for fiction.   It is a great escape!!!
 
2.) Tell us the title of your book and what it’s about.
The book is titled The Publisher’s Dilemma.  There is one media company that stands above the rest: Harris Simmons, and it is a family-owned company.  The star executives Donald Alexander, who is in line to be the first non-Harris family member to lead the company.  But this family has some rotten truths that begin to reveal themselves. Alexander, as the industry’s top black executive, is burdened by his solitude as the only black executive to reach his level of success. He uses his power to bring more talented people of color into the executive ranks.
 
3.) What was the inspiration for this book?
I spent 35 years at top media companies and wanted to see the success of the characters.  I didn’t, so I created them.
 
4.) What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The suspense at the beginning and the twists at the end.  It was hard but fun, as fiction requires imagination and thinking outside of yourself.  I just had to let my mind wander.
 
5.) What was one thing you learned about yourself while writing this book?
It was fun and I channeled all the storytellers that I’ve met in my life.  Everyone can tell a story and in different ways.  A storyteller is a character with a unique way of captivating an audience.  I realized that they were all my muses and prepared me to be a fiction writer
 
6)  What is your favorite part of The Publisher’s Dilemma?
The Hampton’s scene when Kwame meets his ex-wife, who is now dating his new boss.
 
7.) Describe your novel in one line. 
A captivating thriller where the good guy wins.
 
8.) Why did you choose to self-publish your novel?
I’m a business executive first and a novelist now.  I don’t have time to wait to be discovered or be writer # 10 or #20 in a big publishing house where it takes years for stories to come out—and I want to make sure the stories I write reflect my journey and voice, not a committee of editors.
 
9) Where can our readers find you on social media?

@deemyers7.  Amazon and Goodreads at Darius Myers author

11.) Do you have a website? 

 
Check out my three novels in the Black Camelot Series:
 
  • Black Camelot’s Days of War
  • Black Camelot’s Dawn & The Return Of Madame Hot Temper
  • The Publisher’s Dilemma: A Big City Tale of Privilege, Power & Murder
The Publisher's Dilemma
Audra Russell
Audra Russell

Audra Russell is a blogger, freelance writer, and published author. She holds two undergraduate degrees in journalism as well as a Master of Science degree in Education. She also completed the Wesleyan University online Creative Writing Specialization course series.

She is an avid reader and writer’s advocate. Her passion for promoting the works of up-and-coming authors inspired her to create her new podcast, Between the Reads, as well as her website, Read It Black to Me. Her debut novel, BLOOD LAND, was published on August 29, 2020, as her fiftieth birthday gift to herself. She lives in Maryland with her husband of more than 20 years, her 3 amazing children, a 12-year-old perpetual puppy, two dueling cats, and 2 chickens.