Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
In Guilty by Association, I want parents, siblings, spouses and friends of our “angry black men” syndrome to be encouraged. We give our children, especially boys, the best and yet they reject sound advice, authority and possess a lost spirit. But God can save any man, boy, or girl from whatever spiritual disease that’s ailing them. I want readers to look pass the sagging beltless-pants-wearing young boys and see the worth that God has given them.
If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
What is your favorite genre of books?
Christian romance and genealogy books, especially African-American.
Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Before I became an author, I was an avid, addicted reader. Now, that isn’t possible. I cram writing into every minute that I can. When I meet my deadlines, it isn’t unusual for me to devour five or six books to unwind, then I’ll jump back into my manuscripts.
What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
That I try to give readers the best story I’m capable of writing. I enjoy interacting with fans. Many times their suggestions would spark story ideas. That’s what happened with my first book Guilty of Love. There may be up to twelve books in the Jamieson Legacy because of those emails.
If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Henry Louis Gates because I believe we are on the same mission to track Blacks’ connection back to
Africa. Where he relies heavily on research and documentation, I hope to stumble across documents as I research my family tree. I only scratch the surface of the valuable details of our ancestry that are at our fingertips in the Jamieson Legacy Books.
What is or was your dream job?
After graduating college, my dream job and goal was to secure a job in the broadcast industry, which I was able to do, but it wasn’t easy. I worked in television and radio for a total of twenty years. My dream job now would be to become a certified genealogist. The catch is I wouldn’t want to work for anybody else, but myself. Definitely, not a logical career strategy. LOL.
What new projects are you working on?
Now that Guilty by Association is out (January 2012), I just turned in book II: The Guilt Trip (June 2012) and I’m 60 pages into book
III: Free from Guilt (October 2012) and yes, I revamped by outline. I hope I can finish that up by mid-February. After that, I’ll work on some eBooks and try to get some single titles ready for publication.
Where can readers find you?
The Jamieson Family Legacy series follow the lives of two Jamieson brothers in
, Kidd and Ace, and their cousin, Cameron, from Boston . The older brother, Kidd, is struggling with anger and resentment issues toward his absentee father who never married his mother. Yet, he had the audacity to demand his illegitimate sons carry his Jamieson name. Ace, on the other hand, is on his collision course to be a chip off the old block when it comes to women. Their highly MIT educated cousin, Cameron Jamieson, is all about saving family from self-destruction. Through genealogy research, Cameron's mission is to show his cousins their worth as the eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe and to give them a choice: live with the stereotypical "angry black men" syndrome or to crush any obstacles that try and stop them to become strong successful black men. St. Louis
There are three books in the Jamieson Legacy series: Guilty by Association (Kidd's story), The Guilt Trip (Ace's story), and Free from Guilt (Cameron's story). Each of the three Jamieson men have to accept that their past and present are in God's hand, and without Him they can't advance to their future blessings. The bonus storyline in Guilty by Association is one that progresses the story of the much-loved character in the previous three book Guilty Series, Grandma BB. This time, she picks up a sidekick Mrs. Valentine.
|Author, Pat Simmons