For Braxton Brother-In-Law Andre Carter It's About Writing, Not Reality
1 year ago
The budding writer wants to start a new season of 'Family Values' on his own terms
Andre Carter may be best known as the husband of Towanda Braxton, star on her shared hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” but what many people may not know is that he has a degree in business from Kennesaw State University, worked in corporate America and, as alluded to on the show, is pursuing a career as an author.
To date, Carter has published 5 books. His latest, Lips of a Strange Woman, was inspired by real experiences with his wife Towanda and his observation of women, he says. pub april 2012
In an exclusive phone interview with Loop 21, Carter shares the inspiration behind his books, addresses his thoughts on how he is depicted on the show, and why he almost decided not to sign on the the show’s second season.
Loop 21: Tell me about your latest book and what inspired it?
Carter: Lips of a Strange Woman is about how women talk to each other and ruin their own relationships. Sometimes women think that they find friends to confide in, and what they do is tell them more about their relationships than they should be. Those friends start telling you [things], you start looking for them in your relationship, in your man - you start looking for faults. For example, a lot of people were telling Towanda, “Andre was a hoe in high school.” [Laughs] Men do the same thing too but we’ll look over faults if we think we have a good enough woman.
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Loop 21: Do you think your appearance on the show has helped or hindered your writing career?
Carter: It has not really helped my career. The light that they show me in [is] the stereotypical black male that’s not working and living off the success of his woman. So now you have people saying, Why would I want to buy a book from him? How can he tell me about a relationship when he’s just a bum himself? But I’m trying to connect with them and let them know I did this way before my wife got to this point. I published my first book in 2005. I wrote literary agents, sending them copies of one of my firsts, back in 1997. It’s not something that I just got in the game to do. This has given me a different platform to expose my work and it kind of helped, but not really because they’re not showing people where to get my work, they’re just showing that [I write]. People actually tweeted thinking the book was made up for the show.
Loop 21: Does that discourage you at all?
Carter: Definitely. I’ve asked [the TV network] to show more of my book signings, but they said that that has no entertainment value. In my mind, that means they’re saying black people don’t want to see that story. I think that’s sad. I told them that I was not going to be a part of season 2 if they did not show me in a different light. At one of my book signings my dad comes and I haven’t seen him in 42 years. They filmed it but they didn’t show it on air. It’s kind of discouraging but I’m gonna fight through that because I have a platform that a lot of writers would love to have.
Loop 21: What writers or novels inspire you?