Friday, March 9, 2018

Inspired by Greatness l Kraig Dafoe

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Inspired by Greatness

As a young reader, I was taken with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Many years later, I found myself as a non-traditional student in college, seeking my degree in English writing. During one of my classes, Major Authors, we had an assignment to write a short work in the style of a famous author and I chose Poe. Having read the majority of his writings, including letters and essays, I noticed his writing maintained a certain style across genres. My short story later became the first story in the book, A Collection of Twisted Tales.

With this work, I tried to do what Poe did; keeping a certain style across genres. The work is a mixture of different genres, but they all have something in common, death. That may sound a little dry, though I assure you, it isn’t.

Though most of my characters remain nameless, the reader gets to know them through their actions and through much of their dialogues. Many of my stories are narrated by a character and they speak directly to the reader, drawing you in and making you feel like you’re part of the experience.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I’m almost certain Poe wouldn’t be flattered by my imitating him and his reviews for these works would probably kill any chance of their success, but nonetheless, I would like to think that the average reader, given certain passages, would have a difficult time determining who wrote what. If only I were that talented. Maybe someday.

About the Author

Kraig Dafoe was born in Potsdam, New York and grew up in Canton. He played high school football and joined the Army Reserves at the age of seventeen. 

Kraig has earned his BA in English writing and graduated cum laude from Washburn University in 2017.

Kraig has published two novels and published poetry. He is currently working on another writing project.

His current novel is A Collection of Twisted Tales.
You can visit his website at

About the Book:

Author: Craig Dafoe
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 114
Genre: Short Story Collection / Thriller

Most of these stories have one thing in common, death. Although death is the common thread, there is nothing common in the way that it comes about.
This collection is chock full of interesting characters scattered among various settings that inspire the imagination, such as a Lavish English mansion or the dark interior of a rundown home.
This book is inspired by and written in the style of, Edgar Allan Poe.


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"A Collection of Twisted Tales is an ambitious project that testifies to the author's appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe's fiction in particular. In this collection, Kraig Dafoe offers a creative homage with many original ideas and unexpected twists."
Professor Vanessa Steinroetter, PHD

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Creating Believable Heroines in Historical Fiction l Malia Zaidi @maliazaidi #historical #fiction

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Creating Believable Heroines in Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and my novels, The Lady Evelyn Mysteries, combine this passion with another, my love for mysteries. Yet with the task of writing in this genre before me, I have to face the obstacle of writing historically realistic characters, in particular heroines as I envision Lady Evelyn to be. I want her to be sassy, smart, independent, ulnerable, in other words, I want her to be like a rounded human being. That being said, I have to take into account certain imitations history placed on women. My books are set in the 1920s in Europe, and this time between the wars both offered women greater freedom and took away some of the responsibilities and occupations they took on during the war years.

Do get a sense of how women moved through the world in the 1920s in post-war Europe, I read a lot of books, btoth fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to learn what obstacles they faced in their day-to-day, as well as greater, societal hurdles. For example, women under thrity only got the vote in England ten years after women over thirty. Or, of particular interest to me in my latest novel, I discovered the limitations of women when it came to higher education. Universitities such as Oxford were very stingy when it came to accepting female scholars. I thought a lot about how these limitations could exits, but also how women who had both means and motivation could find ways to thrive nonetheless. I wanted Evelyn to be a woman modern for her day, and relatable even to readers in the present. The more I thought abut this, the more I realized that women have, throughout history, had many aspects of their lives in common. Laws may have changed, but especially in the current climate, when I think of the women’s movement, I realize that historical heroines share many qualities of modern heroines. They live in different times and Lady Evelyn certainly would have benefitted from a smartphone every once in a while, but in the end of the day, we all just try to make the best of our lot. Lady Evelyn is a historical heroine, but she is a woman in whom I hope readers can find a little of themselves as well. The past and the present are bound by what we share and that is how we learn and grow.

About the Author

Malia Zaidi is a writer and painter, who grew up in Germany and lives in the US. An avid reader and traveler, she decided to combine these passions, and turn her long-time ambition of writing into a reality. The Study of Silence is the third book of The Lady Evelyn Mysteries.



About the Book:

Author: Malia Zaidi
Publisher: Bookbaby
Pages: 448
Genre: Historical Mystery

Lady Evelyn Carlisle has returned home to England, where she is completing her degree at St. Hugh's, a women's college in Oxford. Her days are spent poring over ancient texts and rushing to tutorials. All is well until a fateful morning, when her peaceful student life is turned on its head. Stumbling upon the gruesome killing of someone she thought she knew, Evelyn is plunged into a murder investigation once more, much to the chagrin of her friends and family, as well as the intriguing Detective Lucas Stanton. The dreaming spires of Oxford begin to appear decidedly less romantic as she gathers clues, and learns far more than she ever wished to know about the darkness lurking beyond the polished veneer. Can she solve the crime before the killer strikes once more, this time to Evelyn's own detriment?



Rescuing Cats Was a Dream l Jeffyne Telson #cats #books #catrescue

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Rescuing Cats Was a Dream

Rescuing cats was a dream I had long before I established my own non-profit cat rescue organization, RESQCATS, Inc. in 1997. As far back as I can remember, I had a vision of making a difference in the lives of cats and their human companions. Cat Tails: Heart-Warming Stories about the Cats and Kittens of RESQCATS is a book that embodies that vision...a dream that became my passion and ultimately the reality of my life's work...caring for stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In the beginning, I wrote stories for the RESQCATS newsletter as a way of raising funds for the organization. But I discovered that writing about the cats and kittens was a creative way to share my feelings about rescue and its many challenges. I began to realize the valuable lessons that the animals taught me about life. I also discovered that writing about the losses of those that could not be saved, as well as the grief that followed the loss of my personal animals, was a path to healing. Putting pen to paper was a safe, less vulnerable way for me to express my feelings. Then I started to share my views on topics that pertained to my experiences with the animals and people. I wrote to educate others about all that it takes to get many of the kitties healthy, including expensive veterinary care and the emotional ups and downs that can occur before sending that nice, healthy, fluffy little kitten home with a qualified adopter.

For years, a friend encouraged me to write a book and tell my story. I resisted the idea for a long time, but one day I decided to take her up on the challenge. I was inspired to share the lessons as my way of making a difference in the world. But the book is also a collection of stories about life and my vision as told through the realities of caring for cats and kittens.

Most of the stories in this book are truly heart-warming and uplifting. Some will draw on deep underlying emotions...while others are intensely touching and poignant. But every story contains a meaningful, inspirational message of how animals make a difference in people's lives.

Cat Tails: Heart-Warming Stories about the Cats and Kittens of RESCATS is a book that began more than thirty years ago about a woman caring for abandoned cats. I started out with the aim to make a difference in the lives of cats and kittens and discovered along my journey that the impact on my life and the people that adopted the cats was equally profound.

It is my hope that my book will encourage you to expand your compassion for animals and discover a greater appreciation for the important lessons they teach us. If I touch the heart of even a single reader, then I feel I have accomplished my goal.

As a footnote, RESQCATS has placed over 2800 stray and abandoned cats and kittens into qualified homes and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of my book goes directly to the cats.

About the Author

Jeffyne Telson grew up in Dallas, Texas but has spent most of the last half of her life in California. Although she has Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University, she has devoted the last two decades to the pursuit of her real life’s passion…caring for stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In 1997, Jeffyne founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2700 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.

Today, in addition to being the President of RESQCATS, Jeffyne and her husband, Mitch, share their Santa Barbara, California home with 14 unadoptable cats, 9 collies and 15 giant African sulcata tortoises…all rescued of course!



About the Book:

Author: Jeffyne Telson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 332
Genre: Animals/Cat Rescue

In 1997, Jeffyne Telson founded RESQCATS, Inc, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of stray and abandoned cats and kittens.
In the ensuing 20 years, with the help of a small group of dedicated volunteers, Jeffyne has grown RESQCATS well beyond her dreams, into a highly respected rescue organization that has placed more than 2800 cats and kittens with qualified families and individuals.

And now, she has written a book about her journey of creating a cat rescue, the challenges and opportunities she has faced, and most important of all, the valuable life lessons the cats and kittens have taught her.



Monday, March 5, 2018

Back Story: A Tangled Web by Mike Martin @mike54martin

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Back Story: A Tangled Web by Mike Martin

A Tangled Web is the latest book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, which is set in small fishing communities in Newfoundland, on the easternmost tip of Canada. This series began when the main character, Sgt. Windflower walked out of the fog one night in Grand Bank and started talking to me. I just wrote down what he and the other characters told me. True story. I couldn’t make all of this up myself.

I have always been a writer, but most of my writing was from my head and not from my heart. I wrote business articles and created newsletters and wrote speeches and backgrounders. Then, I became a freelance writer and started writing a little more about what I wanted to write about, but still writing from my head about what I thought and what I knew. But I realized something was missing. I started writing short stories for my friends and family and that felt good.

I write from inspiration and try and connect to the creative flow that I believe exists in and around all of us. I find a beginning. Usually it is a scene or a picture or something in the news that catches my attention. That’s my starting point. If it has resonance I begin writing about what I see and the rest of the story comes along

For me, every book kind of starts the same way, with some connection to a picture or scene. In the case of A Tangled Web, I actually did see a truck parked near the brook in Grand Bank one day and thought that some small child could climb inside, without anyone noticing. Months later, when I sat down to start the new book, that image was still there.

All of my books have been self-published and while it may have been easier using the traditional publishing route, it would not have been such a great adventure. Just like the ones that Sgt. Windflower has in A Tangled Web.

About the Author

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.



About the Book:

Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Booklocker
Pages: 338
Genre: Mystery

Life is good for Sgt. Wind­flower in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. But something’s missing from the Mountie’s life. Actually, a lot of things go missing, including a little girl and supplies from the new factory. It’s Windflower’s job to unravel the tangled web of murder, deceit and an accidental kidnapping that threatens to engulf this sleepy little town and destroy those closest to him. But there’s always good food, good friends and the love of a great woman to make everything better in the end.

A TANGLED WEB is available at Amazon.

The Writing Process l Judy Serrano @authorjserrano #writing

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The Writing Process

One of the questions I often get asked is, “Do you outline your books before you write them?” The funny thing is that I never really thought about it until the question was proposed. I remember sitting in a media class in Commerce, Texas listening to the teacher speak about writing. He went over the much preferred outline technique and then played a YouTube video. The video featured the American screenwriter, playwright, and television producer, Rod Serling. For those of you who are too young to recognize the name, I will help you along. He was most famous for his science-fiction, drama The Twilight Zone. In this video, Mr. Serling spoke about how he would just sit down in front of his typewriter and type. Yes, I said typewriter. The truth of the matter is that I do not outline. It has always bothered me that I have never been able to function the way I was told most writers do, but when I saw the video of Mr. Serling, I knew I was not alone.

When I sit in front of my Macbook, a feeling comes over me. I sometimes dream my ideas, and that certainly makes it easier to begin my literary journey. I will set my hands upon my lonely, cold keyboard, and my characters come to life for me. As fire flies from my fingertips, my characters take me on a painstaking journey. If I had originally planned for Ivy to fall in love with one certain person, she may have ideas of her own. My books never end the way you think they will (Did I give away too much?), and you will always be surprised. Like life in general, unexpected events happen. These events make for page-turning thrillers in my humble opinion.

As for the outline, I have tried my hand at it. I began to write what I had planned when my character chastised me and changed direction. Then I rewrote the outline only to be foiled again. Some of the best writers go with the outline, and I am not saying it is not a good idea, but it is not for everyone. Writing is a personal thing, and everyone is different. What it comes down to is life is short. We must do what brings us joy and how we do it … even if it is the road less traveled, it is still your road to take.

About the Author

Judy Serrano holds a Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-, Commerce. She is the owner of Make Cents Editing Service, and was an adjunct professor at a local college. Currently she teaches high school English and is a freelance writer for certain on-line publications. Judy also writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She is the author of The Easter’s Lilly Series, The Linked Seriesand Ivy Vines, Visions.

Although originally form New York, Judy resides in Texas with her husband, four boys, two dogs and now five cats. She sings and plays guitar when she has time and enjoys singing with her very musical family in church when she is able.



About the Book:

Author: Judy Serrano
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 267
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Moving to Sedona was the only way Ivy could think of to start over. She would meet her high school sweetheart and work on making things right between them. Her psychic abilities were gradually becoming a curse and she needed a new start. Little does she know that when she applies for a waitressing job at a local, upscale French bistro, she will come in contact with the dark and mysterious Eli Dubois. What she doesn’t realize is she has just walked into the middle of the Vortex Murders, which involve a great deal of paranormal activity. Elijah’s army of seers are being murdered, one by one, which seems to be magnifying Ivy’s special abilities. 

Eli's best friend, Jake, arrives on the scene and reveals the secret that changes everything. With nowhere to turn, Ivy leans on the two men who offer her solace. And who is the old woman in the shroud? Is she a vision, a dream, or is she real? Only time will tell.



Monday, February 26, 2018

Q&A with Children's Book Authors Patrick & Shani Muhammad @playintopay

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South Florida based janitor turned serial entrepreneur, Patrick Muhammad took what some would call an unconventional route to his newest venture.  “What I do now has evolved.  It truly took my passion and has turned it into a profession for me. I can see myself mentoring and sharing my story with young people easily for the next 20 years.  I love talking to young people and showing them, what entrepreneurship looks like. I love sharing my stories of how I came to be.  I didn’t just wake up one day and have all the answers.  My wife and I bumped our head A LOT.  I just want to say to them, look…here’s the blueprint.  Start now, don’t wait until you’re 30.  Passion has no age requirement, and has no limit on how many you can have. I started out as a janitor, then became a baker now I am into motivational speaking. They just have to have the passion and guidance. Anything is possible.”

“Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay” is the 1st book in a series of children’s books authored by husband and wife writing partners, Shani and Patrick Muhammad. The idea for the book was created one night while trying to explain the reason there was a gigantic, neon, pink and orange food-truck, now sitting in their front yard to their then 4 year-old Qadeer.   Patrick and his wife came up with the idea that they would write a keepsake item for all their children, detailing the road they took to becoming entrepreneurs.  The primary message is simple. By tapping into your passion early in life you can turn your playdays into paydays.  Once the book was published they both realized that the story could not only inspire their own children to entrepreneurship, but others as well. Shani figured out how to self-publish it and Patrick would take it to different youth groups in his community.   “I began shopping the book around to childcare centers and non-profits that served young people in the projects and the adults loved it.  “They really loved the idea that it was based on a true story and that the message was coming from a black male perspective. A story their children could relate to.  The images were brown like them and I just always got a positive response.  We took that book everywhere with us, and the response was this is a message that’s needed.  Children can’t be what they can’t see.”
Patrick currently lives in South Florida with his wife and three of his youngest five children.  He has a passion for planting the seed of entrepreneurship and carving out wealth building opportunities for his children’s generation. When he’s not writing books he’s on tour, speaking to groups of young people about basic principles of financial literacy and the benefits of early investing using cryptocurrency as a vehicle to establish future financial goals. When he’s not doing that…he’s on a creek with a fishing pole in his hand.

Shani Muhammad has been married to Patrick for 17 years now.  Together they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.   Shani has spent the past 15 years in a classroom as a teacher. She too is a serial entrepreneur and has in the past owned a one-price shoe store, group homes and several online businesses. When she’s not working on the next children’s book in their series, she too enjoys researching and investing in crypto currencies and planning her family’s next “staycation.”



About the Book:

The first book in a series, "Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay", details the journey of an entrepreneur, through the eyes of a child. The book uses vivid illustrations and lively words, to explain the road little Patrick took into the world of entrepreneurship.  It demonstrates the benefits of tapping into your passion early in life.  “Patrick” tapped into his passion of baking to help solve a money problem.  This book also shows the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.  You witness a 9-year old take the power and control of his future into his own hands. You also see what happens when “Patrick” finds help in a friend, to help grow his business. Above all, this book motivates both young and young at heart and serves as a reminder that we all have the ability to turn our playdays into paydays.


Thanks for this interview, Patrick.  When did you determine that writing for children was for you?

Growing up I never wanted to be a writer. Prior to writing this book, I was a janitor for 25 years. I kind of fell into writing.

The idea for the book was created one night while trying to explain the reason there was gigantic, neon, pink and orange food-truck, now sitting in their front yard to our then, 4 year-old Qadeer.   My wife and I came up with the idea that we would write a keepsake item for our children and God-willing…grandchildren, detailing the road we took to becoming entrepreneurs.  The primary message is simple. By tapping into your passion early in life you can turn your play days into paydays.

What was the inspiration behind your children’s book, Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay?

My children and grandchildren were my inspiration.

How do you get into the mind of a child to create a fun reading experience?  Are you around kids?  Are you a kid at heart?

I just imagined the book being read by my then, 4 year-old Qadeer. Also, I’m a kid at heart.  The main character in my book is named “Little Patrick”. That’s basically me.

What was your favorite book as a child?

The Bass Pro fishing catalog book.

What kind of advice would you give writers who would like to write children’s books?

Don’t write books that preach or lecture and don’t talk down to them. Their smaller than adults, not dumber.

What are your goals for the future?  More children’s books?

Yes, this is the 1st book in a series. The next one takes you on a journey using crypto-currency. Of course, it too will be a picture book. It’s entitled Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay using Bitcoins.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Teaser: Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young #bookteaser @authorpsy

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Abuse of Discretion, by Pamela Samuels Young, Mystery, Goldman House Publishing,352 pp., $3.99 (Kindle Edition)

A Kid’s Curiosity … A Parent’s Nightmare

The award-winning author of "Anybody’s Daughter" is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system.

Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice?

Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple—kill or be killed.

“What’s the matter, Mrs. Singletary? Why do I have to go to the principal’s office?”
I’m walking side-by-side down the hallway with my second-period teacher. Students are huddled together staring and pointing at us like we’re zoo animals. When a teacher at Marcus Preparatory Academy escorts you to the principal’s office, it’s a big deal. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I’m a good student. I never get in trouble.
Mrs. Singletary won’t answer my questions or even look at me. I hope she knows she’s only making me more nervous.
“Mrs. Singletary, please tell me what’s wrong?”
“Just follow me. You’ll find out in a minute.”
I’m about to ask her another question when it hits me. Something happened to my mama!
My mama has been on and off drugs for as long as I can remember. I haven’t seen her in months and I don’t even know where she lives. No one does. I act like it doesn’t bother me, but it does. I’ve prayed to God a million times to get her off drugs. Even though my granny says God answers prayers, He hasn’t answered mine, so I stopped asking.
I jump in front of my teacher, forcing her to stop. “Was there a death in my family, Mrs. Singletary? Did something happen to my mama?”
“No, there wasn’t a death.”
She swerves around me and keeps going. I have to take giant steps to keep up with her.
Once we’re inside the main office, Mrs. Singletary points at a wooden chair outside Principal Keller’s office. “Have a seat and don’t move.”
She goes into the principal’s office and closes the door. My head begins to throb like somebody’s banging on it from the inside. I close my eyes and try to calm down. I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s probably just—Oh snap! The picture!
I slide down in the chair and pull my iPhone from my right pocket. My hands are trembling so bad I have to concentrate to keep from dropping it. I open the photos app and delete the last picture on my camera roll. If anyone saw that picture, I’d be screwed.
Loud voices seep through the closed door. I lean forward, straining to hear. It almost sounds like Mrs. Singletary and Principal Keller are arguing.

“It’s only an allegation. We don’t even know if it’s true.”
“I don’t care. We have to follow protocol.”
“Can’t you at least check his phone first?”
“I’m not putting myself in the middle of this mess. I've already made the call.”

The call? I can’t believe Principal Keller called my dad without even giving me a chance to defend myself. How’d she even find out about the picture?  
The door swings open and I almost jump out of my skin. The principal crooks her finger at me. “Come in here, son.”
Trudging into her office, I sit down on a red cloth chair that’s way more comfortable than the hard one outside. My heart is beating so fast it feels like it might jump out of my chest.
The only time I’ve ever been in Principal Keller’s office was the day my dad enrolled me in school. Mrs. Singletary is standing in front of the principal’s desk with her arms folded. I hope she’s going to stay here with me, but a second later, she walks out and closes the door.
Principal Keller sits on the edge of her desk, looking down at me. “Graylin, do you have any inappropriate pictures on your cell phone?”
“Huh?” I try to keep a straight face. “No, ma’am.”
“It’s been brought to my attention that you have an inappropriate picture—a naked picture—of Kennedy Carlyle on your phone. Is that true?”
“No…uh…No, ma’am.” Thank God I deleted it!
“This is a very serious matter, young man. So, I need you to tell me the truth.”
“No, ma’am.” I shake my head so hard my cheeks vibrate. “I don’t have anything like that on my phone.”
“I pray to God you’re telling me the truth.”
I don’t want to ask this next question, but I have to know. “Um, so you called my dad?”
“Yes, I did. He’s on his way down here now.”
I hug myself and start rocking back and forth. Even though I deleted the picture, my dad is still going to kill me for having to leave work in the middle of the day.
“I also made another call.”
At first I’m confused. Then I realize Mrs. Keller must’ve called my granny too. At least she’ll keep my dad from going ballistic.
“So you called my granny?”
“No.” The principal’s cheeks puff up like she’s about to blow something away. “I called the police.”

Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. She set giant-sized goals and used her talent, tenacity and positive outlook to accomplish them. Pamela consequently achieved success in both the corporate arena and literary world simultaneously.
An author, attorney and motivational speaker, Pamela spent fifteen years as Managing Counsel for Toyota, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, Pamela began moonlighting as a mystery writer because of the absence of women and people of color depicted in the legal thrillers she read. She is now an award-winning author of multiple legal thrillers, including Anybody’s Daughter, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, and her new release, Abuse of Discretion, a shocking look at the juvenile justice system in the context of a troubling teen sexting case.
Prior to her legal career, spent several years as a television news writer and associate producer. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and earned a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University and a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of teen sexting, child sex trafficking, self-empowerment and fiction writing.




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