Wahida Clark is a New Jersey native who grew up in Trenton. While detained at a federal women's colony in Lexington, Kentucky, she began writing fiction. Thugs and the Ladies Who Love Them, her debut novel, and its sequel, Every Thug Needs a Woman, both made the Essence bestsellers list. Wahida's follow-up to Thug Marriage has been a huge success since its publication. Revenge With Ya Life, her most recent book, debuted on the coveted New York Times bestseller's list. Wahida's home and office in East Orange, New Jersey, continue to accentuate the urban landscape.