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Harvey C. Long, Jr., the author of the book “Pharaoh: The Urban Legend,” was interviewed by CBS Radio host Benji Cole. The inspiration and theme of the book were discussed during the interview.
The author went to Bradford and Newberry High Schools. He enjoyed writing, music, woodworking, and a peaceful country life. He was born in Alachua County. He’d had many run-ins with the law.
Now changed, he loved farming and enjoyed life, finally bringing his old work into the spotlight. The author started “Pharaoh: The Urban Legend” in jail in 2004. From there, it was finished at Century Correctional Institution, followed by Walton Correctional Institution. Read by many inmates, it became a prison classic.
The author highlighted in the interview his message to first-time authors: Go for it. He said, “My advice is just to go for it. Just go for it. Put your heart into it. Put your soul into it. You already have faith in God. Pray about it; go for it. Don’t let anybody you know try to pull you down.“
“Pharaoh: The Urban Legend” is a novel about a guy dealing with life in poverty, where the only way to live was to do things against the law. Pharaoh had been stuck in Village Green for the last few years. The only option he believed he had for getting money was to be a criminal.
He would soon find out the background of a girl who suddenly took an interest in him, and her pain would slip into his heart and touch every fiber in his body. He falls in love with her while dealing with hardships and a dope life.
Then the two cousins, Richie and Draco, came to him with a plan. But on the streets of Gainesville, Florida, somebody always knew somebody. And Rose, his mom, had been on the streets for a while. It wouldn’t be long before the news spread.
Listen to the full interview below:
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