Guilty by Association Virtual Book Tour Featuring Author Patricia SimmonsBy APOOO • Feb 3rd, 2012 • Category: APOOO Features • Email This Post • Print This Post
Welcome to APOOO, PAT SIMMONS!
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Pat Simmons and I have been married for almost twenty-nine years. We have a son and daughter. I hold a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. I’ve worked in various positions in radio and television for about twenty years. Currently, I am preparing for the annual RT Booklovers Convention. This year is it’s in Chicago, so my focus is reaching out to book clubs. I’m the author of six published Christian fiction novels with the seventh and eighth one coming out in the spring and fall of this. I’m humbled that readers enjoyed the Jamieson men and their genealogy legacy. When I’m not writing, I’m cutting out fabric and then wondering when am I going to have time to sew it. LOL
In 140 words or less, tell us why your book title would make a great addition to our personal library.
My novels are reader friendly. You do not have to be a Christian, woman, or African-American to relate to the plight of Kidd Jamieson in Guilty by Association. You fall in love with the characters and root for them. The readers will also learn some African-American genealogy which will spark interest in non-fiction books about ancestry.
How did you come up with the premise for your book title?
Under the guise of writing, I head to the library to do more research on my family tree in hopes of stumbling across some good stuff for my books. For example, in Guilty by Association, I was able to strengthen my storyline when I was flipping pages in the 1860 Mississippi Morbidity. As I perused the names, looking for my ancestors, I stopped when I came to the page with names beginning with the last name N. If an enslaved person did not carry the slaveholder’s name, then he or she was buried as “Negro.” That blew my mind. I couldn’t make that stuff up. From Ann Negro through the end of the alphabet to Zachary Negro, it was there. That tidbit helped me develop Guilty by Association and the value of having a name.
Tell us about the main character(s) in your book title.
In, Guilty by Association, Kevin “Kidd” Jamieson is one of two bad boys from Boston. He suffers from the “angry black man syndrome”. With an absentee father, the Jamieson name is worthless. Kidd’s anger is seeping out into every area of his life as he carelessly becomes as a roaring lion, seeking whatever and whomever he can devour. When he receives an invitation from a distant cousin, Parke Jamieson VI, to come to St. Louis, he is hesitant but accepts, almost as a dare. Though he initially bumps heads with Parke, a series of events that involve a dog named Silent Killer, Stacy Adams shoes, and two women who enter his life to calm his raging storm, Kidd makes St. Louis home. One woman is Eva Savoy who becomes his “Eve,” a woman God created out of the underlying goodness in Kidd’s own heart. Reluctantly, Kidd allows Parke to walk him through generations of his royal African tribe heritage. Overwhelmed by the care and compassion of new friends and family, Kidd struggles to keep up the bad boy attitude. His walls are starting to crumble and he knows he’s going down. Eventually, Kidd learns it’s not his association with the name that identifies him, but the man he becomes that defines him.
What are some of the main themes you portray in your book title?
The angry Black man syndrome; encouragement or inspiration to single mothers, siblings and spouses of our angry black men; importance of knowing our African-American heritage; and an up-close and personal look at the lives of residents before they came to live in nursing facilities.
What makes your book title different from other books in the marketplace?
There is very little guessing what Guilty by Association is about from its title. It’s the storyline that makes it different. It’s written from a Christian fiction perspective and I dare bring up the ugliest of slavery to exorcise with the demons that linger today. I position scriptures in situations for my character to realize that Jesus set the captives free on the cross. I enjoy writing Kidd’s transformation, releasing the anger that had been festering inside of him for years.
What genre is your book title and who is the target audience?
My genre is Christian fiction with romance. It is targeted to a general audience. I would be honored for youth ministries to pick up my book as recommended reading for their troubled teenagers. The same goes for the single ministries when single parents are members.
What lessons have you learned about the publishing industry?
In a nutshell, the publishing industry is part writing (and learning how to write) and part marketing. Jesus, a good agent, and an exceptional publisher has helped my career path.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
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). 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.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
I thank God for every fan I have gained over the years. With so many choices, I’m honored that they chose my book. With that being said, it is my goal to always give 100 plus percent when I write a story. Thank you for the opportunity!
To find out a little more about Pat, visit her at the following locations:
Twitter: Pat Simmons
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