WELCOME PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG
Pamela Samuels Young
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and bestselling author of the legal thrillers Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Attorney-Client Privilege, Buying Time and Anybody’s Daughter. She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide. In addition to writing legal thrillers and working as Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for a major corporation in the Los Angeles area, Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A. The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law. To read an excerpt of Pamela’s novels, visit www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com.
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Q&A with Pamela Samuels Young
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I often draw from real life experience as well as current events. I run across great story ideas all the time. I kept hearing about child sex trafficking and it really disturbed me. And when I started researching it, I was stunned at what I learned, which is why I was so compelled to write Anybody’s Daughter. The employment cases I’ve handled over the years have involved wonderful characters and intriguing facts that have also provided the seeds for great legal thrillers. I’m constantly jotting down things that my friends say and tearing news stories out of newspapers and magazines. I find stories everywhere. I just wish there were enough hours in the day to turn them all into novels.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the storyline brings you?
I start from the beginning. I will spend weeks outlining a book before I sit down to write. I also mull over my story a lot. I’m thinking about it in the shower, while I’m standing in line at the grocery story, during my 45-minute commute to work. I can almost see each chapter as if it were a scene in a movie. Only after I have a completed outline do I start writing.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
When I write, I go from page one to the last page without doing much editing. For me, it’s psychologically motivating to complete that first draft, even if it’s so bad I’d never dare show it to anyone. Once I have a finished first draft, then the real writing starts. For me, it’s all about the editing. I edit, edit and edit some more. That process will last several months.
I must have a good cup of coffee with lots of flavored cream!
Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
I wish! I still practice law for a major corporation in the Los Angeles area. I hope to be a full-time writer within the next year.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading both commercial and literary fiction and some of my favorite authors include Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Joan Didion. Other writers I enjoy are Walter Mosley, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Tami Hoag, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Terry McMillan, John Grisham, Bob Woodward and Robert Gregory Browne. I recently discovered Joshilyn Jackson. I think she’s an incredibly talented and entertaining writer.
What are you reading now?
Just purchased Scott Pratt’s Blood Money, Robyn Gant’s Masumi Records and Robert Gregory Browne’s Trial Junkies. I’m about 10 pages into Trial Junkies and I’m loving it.
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I haven’t started writing a new novel yet, but I’m thinking about a mystery that revolves around the child welfare system in the U.S. The story I have in mind has a social worker being charged with negligent homicide after a toddler is murdered.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Jada Pinkett Smith as Angela
Willow Smith as Brianna
LL Cool J or Ice Cube as Dre
Kevin Hart as Apache
Manuscript/Notes: hand written or keyboard?
Definitely keyboard. Whenever I take handwritten notes, I have trouble deciphering them.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
If not writing, watching a good movie.
Seafood gumbo! Love it!
ABOUT THE BOOK
In Anybody’s Daughter, 13-year-old Brianna believes she’s sneaking off to meet a boy she met on Facebook. To her horror, she’s kidnapped by a ring of child sex traffickers. Her Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, relies on his connections and street smarts in a desperate search to find her. With the help of his ex-girlfriend—an attorney who represents sexually exploited girls—Dre searches L.A.’s criminal underbelly and ultimately comes up with a daring plan that puts many lives in danger. But can he rescue Brianna before it’s too late?
Anybody’s Daughter delves into the real world of child sex trafficking. Most people have no concept of what is happening to our children. I certainly didn’t before I started researching the book. It’s my hope that Anybody’s Daughter opens some eyes and motivates people to join the fight to stop this horror.
“A fast-paced, well-written thriller that’s grounded in important social issues.”
“One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.”
Digna Dreibelbis, Autumn Blues Reviews
“I was in tears for most of the book and in shock for the rest! … This is a 5-star read and every parent needs to pick it up!”
Ella Curry, BAN Radio Show
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Published by: Goldman House Publishing
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Number of Pages: 374
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