I am late in writing this response as Mr. Tyree had made this statement last year. This is quote from him taken from The Daily Voice...
“If the only way I can earn a living now in African-American adult fiction is to sell my people the same poison that they’ve become addicted to, then I quit with my artistic integrity still intact, while moving on to a more progressive mission.”
I happen to like the urban lit genre. To me is it like action movies. You are not reading them for any knowledge or enlightment. It is entertainment. Omar Tyree had been one of my favorite authors though he novels have gotten to bit a boring and not up to par. Though he arrogantly wouldn't admit it he possibly has only one classic in Flyy Girl. Honestly, I've been trying to finish his novel Leslie for two years! Maybe if he was so disenchanted with the urban lit genre that he has grudgingly been lumped into he should have considered retiring from it a while ago as his contempt seemed to affected his later novels. I am still a fan of Tyree but I must admit that his comments has impacted my opinion of him.
'In an interview with USA Weekend, the bestselling author compared Meyer with J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. According to Stephen, "Both Rowling and Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. "She's not very good." '
There are certainly books that I have read that were tedious to get through and some that I would say are completely horrible. But those books usually don't do that well sale wise. Stephenie Meyer has certainly sold alot of books and have become very popular. Complexity of the storyline does not guarantee at great story and I dare say not a definitive sign of a great author.