E. Lynn Harris says he no longer does "readings" of his novels. He leaves that up to the reader. Instead, he talked about where the idea came from for the plot of the book,[Basketball Jones] which was rather interesting. A professional basketball player had asked a third party to arrange a meeting with Mr. Harris. The player, “not Don Amechi” [that should be JOHN AMAECHI] noted Harris, was Gay but closeted and being blackmailed by a family member who threatened to expose him if he didn't continue to pay. He wanted to discuss the matter with Mr. Harris. The go-between set up a time for the player to call Mr. Harris but he never called.
"I'm glad he didn't call,” Mr. Harris said. "If we had talked I would've been obligated to keep his confidence.” But that situation got his creative mind going and the end result was the new novel.
"This is my tenth straight novel to land on The New York Times bestseller list," Mr. Harris said. "No other African American author, male or female, has done that..." —Sidney Brinkley