Wahida Clark is a pioneering African-American writer in the category of urban/street literature. She originated the Thug Love Fiction sub-genre within this category. Clark heads her own company called Wahida Clark Presents Publishing.
Clark is a New Jersey native who began her writing career in the mid-2000s while imprisoned in a federal women's camp in Lexington, Kentucky. Titles in Clark's "Thug Series" of novels include "Thugs and the Women Who Love Them", "Every Thug Needs a Lady" and "Payback is a Mutha," and she is the first urban literature author to write a series. Clark's books are written in a style described as both street and raw and are populated with characters that the books' readers find easy to relate to.
As of 2015, Clark's books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Essence best-selling lists. Clark also serves as the vice-president for Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services, a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey that aids convicts who are re-entering society. She also works as a mentor for troubled youth and a motivational speaker.
Clark's publishing company, Wahida Clark Presents Publishing, is the fastest-growing and most popular urban independent publishing house in the industry. She launched this company shortly after her release from prison.