Holy Mayhem Virtual Book Tour Featuring Author Pat G’Orge WalkerBy APOOO • Nov 2nd, 2012 • Category: APOOO Features • Email This Post • Print This Post
Welcome to APOOO, Pat! (CHECK OUT THE HOLY MAYHEM CONTEST AT THE END OF THE POST)
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
For the past decade, I’ve been published by Kensington/Dafina. Before then I was a former music industry veteran who worked for several major music labels including Epic, Def Jam and Columbia. I cut my chops as a singer by performing with the legendary 60’s girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels (“Maybe”) and several gospel groups. I’ve also written as well as acted in stage presentations.
In the 1970’s, I began penning short stories featuring a main character that has an intimate and impacting encounter with God Almighty on the telephone; the now infamous Sister Betty. But it wasn’t until 1990’s that I actually self-published the first in a series of books and that book – Sister Betty God is Calling! – is now being sold on Amazon.com as a collector’s item.
My first literary award was the BWA 2000 Golden Pen Award for creating a new genre in fiction—gospel comedy.” And finally, I’m also widely known as the comedienne “Sister Betty.”
Besides my literary history with APOOO; I believe this particular story will be a great addition to your personal library for two main reasons: given the political and economic climate of this country as well as the historical election of our first African American President, this story deals with these matters in a very humorous but poignant matter. Holy Mayhem will make you laugh, cry, examine your faith and help you to realize that at the end of the day; God’s got it all under control.
How did you come up with the premise for Holy Mayhem?
The title Holy Mayhem came about from my realizing that often time, church folk invite a lot of confusion into their lives and around them because of impatience and the wrong perception of what God is trying to move them into.
Tell us about the main character(s) in HOLY MAYHEM
In their mid-40s, cousins Joy Karry (overweight, often cranky and a career know-it-all) and Patience Kash (optimistic, skinny as a rail and completely blind without her glasses) have been laid off from their long-time positions; Joy as a cleaning woman and Patience as a typist, at the Pelzer, South Carolina Police Station.
Although they’ve found themselves suddenly broke, they’ve decided to pursue their life-long dream of becoming private detectives. Armed with nothing but faith, their mongrel-neurotic dog, Felony, and a misinterpretation of a prophecy where they’re promised help from a higher power (they believe the Barack mentioned in the book of Judges is President Barack Obama); they proceed to seek the president’s help. Involving themselves in matters above their pay grade and skills, they manage to simultaneously put themselves in harms way along with interfering with one of their famous detective godson, Percy’s, dangerous investigations. And they manage to piss off a lot of church folks too.
What are some of the main themes you portray in Holy Mayhem?
The possibilities of challenging oneself to move out of a comfort zone and embrace the unknown in pursuit of a dream. As in all my books, I challenge my characters and readers to dig deep, examine their faith while embracing the idea that God just may have something different and better in mind for them. And finally, life’s seasons change; as in natural seasons, the change is necessary for planting and harvesting ones purpose.
What makes your book title different from other books in the marketplace?
I have yet to find another book with the title, Holy Mayhem. That in and of itself, I believe sets it apart. (and I could be wrong and just haven’t looked hard enough.) :-)
What genre is HOLY MAYHEM and who is the target audience?
Inspirational and Church Drama.
My target audience is anyone who loves to laugh and learn spiritual lessons.
What lessons have you learned about the publishing industry?
That’s a great question. The lessons I’ve learned from the publishing industry vary and are subject to change with each novel. However, if I’ve learned nothing else it is that the author is as much if not more responsible for their own marketing and promotion. It is very competitive and because publishing, like other businesses, is based upon the bottom line…the author better learn quickly that the squeakiest wheel (best sellers) get the oil and attention.
I’ve also learned that having a great editor is essential. I happen to have one (Selena James) who not only works with me but is very encouraging. She’s constantly pushing me to dig deeper, reach higher and, of course, make my deadlines.)
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am currently writing another Sister Betty book. It appears that no matter what other novels I write the bookstores and readers demand that I write at least one Sister Betty book a year. Of course, what would a Sister Betty book be without those two pesky, busybody and downright crazy church mothers: Sasha Pray Onn and Bea Blister.
In the last Sister Betty book “No Ordinary Noel” (it is available now in mass market format), she’s been asked for her hand in marriage. What could possibly go wrong with a woman in her 60’s who’s only known one man, carnally, in her youth and a fiancé that’s never known anyone carnally? And what could possibly go wrong if Bea and Sasha insist on giving Sister Betty a wedding reception? And finally, how could anything go wrong when Ima Hellraiser returns and sets her mind on enticing the young and handsome (Mother Nature’s gift to women) Reverend Tom into making her the First Lady of Crossing Over Sanctuary.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
I would love to share one of my deepest beliefs…Never give up on a dream. You must believe that what you HAVE NOT achieved is just as real as what you HAVE. Just keep preparing yourself … you’re next in line for your miracle.
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