Richard Price used a pseudonym for his new novel The Whites, but in retrospect, he wishes he hadn't. "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.
Price is the author of Clockers, the novel about police detectives and drug dealers which Price and Spike Lee adapted into a film. He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire, which was also about police detectives and drug dealers.