JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Pamela D. Rice, author of The Sunday Wife
(Peace In The Storm Publishing)
The Sunday Morning Wife gives an inside view into the life of Yolanda Clarke. She is the wife of Timothy Clarke, the pastor of BrightStar Tabernacle. They appear to have the perfect life. However, looks can be deceiving.
Yolanda is a silent victim of domestic violence. Yolanda finds comfort in the arms of Andre Hunter, who gives her everything that sheâ€™s missing at home. But, everything thatâ€™s done in darkness will soon come to the light.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Sunday Morning Wife?
Pamela D. Rice: The inspiration to write this book came after witnessing a terrible act of violence while riding to church one Sunday morning. A male driver was driving down the road, using his right hand to punch his female passenger repeatedly.
I can’t say where they were going, but they looked as if they were dressed for church.
JP: Many times readers and “church folk” in general, take offense to anything that they think goes against their “men of God”. How did you overcome the concern of being misunderstood? Why is it important for you to point out this aspect of church life, which is often swept under the rug?
PR: This is certainly a “taboo” topic, and I can’t say that I have not been misunderstood. There are many who will never understand why I wrote this novel, and they are very verbal about their position.
Statistics show that one in four women will be abused. That includes women in church. Domestic violence crosses all cultures, races, socio-economic classes and religions.
The only way to offer help and hope to those who are in this horrible situation is to bring it to light. We can no longer pretend that people in church are not abused.
I cannot tell you how many women have come to me to thank me for writing this book. Women tell me they were once victims themselves. The whole process has been eye-opening.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Sunday Morning Wife getting out to the public?
PR: Perseverance. You have to believe in yourself. I received so many rejection letters and was tempted to give up so many times. But, I really believed in the message that I had.
I decided if my book could help one person escape a violent lifestyle or offer them a glimpse of hope, then it would be worth the struggle. It took two years, but my prayers were answered.
Elissa Gabrielle picked me up, took me under her wings and prepared me for publication.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Sunday Morning Wife?
PR: Since this is my first novel, I can’t say that I have an established writing process. I just went with the flow, and it took me about six months to write the novel.
JP: What’s next for Pamela D. Rice?
PR: My goal is to see The Sunday Morning Wife on the big screen. I am in the process of writing my next novel, which will be released in December 2010.
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