Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 26, 2006
It's been 20 years, on Halloween since the founder of Kobalt Books' father was shot 14 times and brutally murdered. Cedric Mixon started Kobalt Books in 2003 as an outlet for real life stories put in print. Kobalt Books publishes non-fiction books that are actually true stories. Even the fiction books are based on true stories, presenting real life between the pages for real people.
"I experienced and survived the traumatic murder of my father, October 31st, 1986 as he was shot 14 times at close range. The absence of a father affected the way that I view the world, and the focus for Kobalt Books. Life is not a fantasy or a dream for me. I have to be able to look myself in the mirror, and face my own reality," says Mixon.
Kobalt Books' titles focus on real life stories because Mixon feels that people want books that they can identify with--books that cry out to their souls, and at the same time makes them laugh, and cry. "I vividly remember passing the house where the convicted murderer lived,
everyday on my way to school. The killer was almost allowed release from jail on a technicality, but was held because of his long list of past crimes. This is the type of pain that I had to endure as a youth, and is what made me into who I am today," says Mixon.
Kobalt Books is a reflection of just that. "We have to tell the truth — We have to put real life between these pages," says Mixon. Kobalt Books focuses on turning negative situations into positive energy.
"When my father was killed, me and my other two siblings were able to go to a good high school, from the insurance money. From there, I received a scholarship to Tennessee State University and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering, then an MBA in Marketing. I started Kobalt Books shortly thereafter. All of this was birthed from the negativity of a murder," says Mixon.
There are people all over who have experienced things in life that resemble scenes from movies.
"Kobalt Books was created to give a voice to those who have stories just like mine. There are so many people living through extreme circumstances right now that you will never hear about, and then you have people who are creating and selling the consumers this fantasy. 'A Million Little Pieces,' by James Frey sold more books as a recovery memoir, when it was actually a fictional story," says Mixon.
"The Hoodlum Preacher" is the first book published under the new movement of real-life books. Burton Barr Jr. is the author, and has put his life on paper for all to enjoy. "The Hoodlum Preacher" is a TRUE STORY about a minister who battles for his soul, while struggling to accept church-life over the street-life that he knows so well. The Hoodlum Preacher details a life of crime and redemption, as Burton has the passion to change his life, even if it gets him killed.
"Barr proves to be strong enough to battle with himself and win, as Kobalt Books wars with the biggest companies who are only interested in deceiving the consumers for the sake of a dollar," says Mixon.
Kobalt Books intends to release a book every month in 2007. This has never been done before with a three year old independent publishing company. The first six books released will be "Tomorrow's Sun," "Romantic Treason," "Puppy Love," and "The Thin Line I Walk" coming early 2007, which are all fictional novels based on true stories. "You Don't Have to Live Like That," and "9 Hours" are non-fiction books that will be released mid-2007. The other six titles will be revealed New Years Day of 2007.
Founder of Kobalt Books Picture: http://www.kobaltbooks.com/CedricHeadShot300dpi.jpg