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5 Minutes 5 Questions With… Julia Press Simmons, author of Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story

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Julia Press Simmons, author of Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story
(Queen Midas Books)

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Set in a small section of North Philadelphia, in the spring of 1996, “Strawberry Mansion” depicts three teenage girls’ who must rely on their connection to each other to weather tragic storms.

Tabitha, 19, lost her freedom in high school when she hooked up with a boy who would impregnate her and make her his punching bag. Lisa, 17, is deemed “the strong one” by her friends, but her own past of sexual abuse and pregnancy at the hands of her step father keeps her one second from falling apart as the drama builds. Shanice, 14, is a hellion, ready and willing to let any boy have her just to get the affection she believes her mother has withheld.

As their world spirals out of control, they cling fast to one another in the hope that love, friendship and strength will not only keep them together, but will also move them to a better place in their lives.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write “Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story”?

Julia Press Simmons: I was 16 years old when I first became a victim of domestic violence. My innocence was completely shattered, and I watched my girlfriends experience similar pain. I decided that I was going to shed light on what I kept in the dark for so many years. I decided to speak out in the only way I knew how. “Strawberry Mansion” was born.

JP: What sets “Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story” apart from other novels in its genre?

JPS: “Strawberry Mansion” is woman’s fiction. However, it is peppered with urban grit. It tells a story based on a strong, often dismissed notion: the sins of the parents can and often do embed themselves in the children, creating devastating effects.

Told from the perspective of teenage girls, “Strawberry Mansion” highlights their pain and lends a voice to their struggles. Ever wonder who’s hurting your daughter? “Strawberry Mansion” will give you the answer.

JP: Why did you decided to cover rape, incest and promiscuity from a teenager’s perspective?

JPS: Great question! In a survey of over four thousand 9th through 12th graders, approximately 1 in 5 females reported physical and/or sexual abuse by a dating partner. Females between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of domestic violence, and forty percent of teenage girls know of someone who has been beaten by a boyfriend.

Their story needs to be told. This situation needs to be addressed. As a mother, a wife, a former victim, keeping silent was not an option.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish “Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story”?

JPS: The very first attempt of writing this story was burned by my abuser in our backyard. It took me 15 years to gain the courage to finish “Strawberry Mansion”, but after I committed to finishing, I was done in 6 months.

JP: What’s next for Julia Press Simmons?

JPS: Growth, hopefully! I am currently working on my sophomore novel, “Begonia Brown: A Philadelphia Story”. My dream is that I grow as a writer with each book I pen, and that the development is apparent in my work!

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With Sherredah Barnes, author of Fighting the Battles of My Life

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Sherredah Barnes, author of
Fighting the Battles of My Life

(Greenehouse Media)


Sherredah Barnes is a survivor. Now she wants to help save young girls and women from abusive relationships before it’s too late. In this true life story entitled Fighting the Battles of My Life, learn how one woman overcame abusive relationships, extreme poverty, renewed her self-esteem, raised nine children and ultimately found Christ. Sherredah candidly shares her past experience in order to help those who have walked in her shoes and are still trying to find a way out.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Fighting the Battles of My Life?

Sherredah Barnes: My struggles in life inspired me to write my life story. I wanted to inspire and to motivate women that have been in abusive relationships. I wanted to let them know that there is a way out. I have battled abuse, poverty, addiction, rejection, and a wounded heart, but I found my way. I found myself because I endured the battles.

JP: What sets Fighting the Battles of My Life apart from other novels in its genre?

SB: This book covers all types of life crises and challenges. Many books on the topic only states one or two life struggles that the authors may have faced in their lives. Fighting The Battles Of My Life tells you how the author was able to defeat all of her adversities that came along with being abused and other trials and tribulations. This book is a wake up call for any man or woman who is fighting their own battles and is seeking some hope and direction for a better life.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Fighting the Battles of My Life getting out to the public?

SB: Will power, determination, faith, prayer, endurance, hard work, and the fact that I remained focused.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Fighting the Battles of My Life?

SB: I’m inspired to write about my life experiences. I’m only 35 years old, but I fell like I have lived the life of an 80-year-old woman. I’m also inspired to write about my dreams, and it would go from there. I was instructed by God to write my life story in December of 06, and I finished in December of 07.

JP: What’s next for Sherredah Barnes?

SB: I’m currently working on the sequel to Fighting The Battles Of My Life, which will be out late 09. I have about 25 book ideas, so I don’t know were to start. But I thank God for the gift of writing. Because of Him all of this is possible. I’m very interested in writing a Christian Romance Novel.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Roxanne Fredd, author of Gas Card

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Roxanne C. Fredd, author of Gas Card
(AuthorHouse)

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Gas Card?

Roxanne C. Fred:
Gas Card started out as a lie because of current events with the high price of gas. It inspired me to write this novel. I heard on the news report one day, “Drivers without a license will be stopped at the gas pump.” That brought fear to the faces of car owners without a driver’s license. Seeing that look inspired me to write this novel.

JP: What sets Gas Card apart from other novels with a conspiracy theme?

RF: Gas Card provides a fictional but plausible scenario for a government conspiracy. People are looking for an answer to the high price of gas.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Gas Card getting out to the public?

RF: As a self-published author there is no down time for me. I must push and push. When I am tired, I pray then push some more.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Gas Card?

RF: Gas Card is a fictional story geared toward everyone concerned with the continuous rise in the price of gasoline. Again I say fictional because it all came from my mind. It took me a little over one year of working hard day and night.

JP: What’s next for Roxanne C. Fredd?

RF: Detective Rodney McAfee is the one man who sets this book off from others. To know him is to love him. He and some of his men go on to a new case due to release in 60 days: The “Five Million Dollar Horse.” The President asked the question, “Can you do this, Detective?” Detective Rodney, answers, “I’ll do my best, Lady President?”

Also up coming soon urban ghetto work, To Kill a Snake based in part on truth. I also have a number of works going on, so you will see a lot more of author Roxanne C Fredd.

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