Interview with Pamela Samuels Young, Author of Lawful Deception
06 Nov 2015
The beautiful Bliss Fenton won’t be winning any awards for Mother of the Year. Truth is, motherhood isn’t nearly as important to Bliss as the cottage industry she’s created: extorting wealthy men for the hefty child support she can collect.
But Bliss’ greed goes too far when she takes on Fletcher McClain. The handsome music industry mogul refuses to accept her conniving conduct lying down. He retains high-profile attorney Vernetta Henderson to sue Bliss for fraud.
Enter Bliss’ unscrupulous attorney, Girlie Cortez, who has a personal score to settle with Vernetta. As the two lawyers once again go head-to-head, their legal battle quickly escalates from merely contentious to downright deadly.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
Maya Angelou. I’d love just an hour to soak up some of her wisdom.
Where did you write Lawful Deception? (your couch, a coffee shop, a bar… hey – we won’t judge?
Everywhere! My home office, my living room couch, a little corner at Panera Bread and in my friend’s vacation home in Palm Springs.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A newspaper journalist. But I took a slight right turn into broadcast journalism and became a TV news writer. Several years later, after a bout of newsroom burnout, I attended law school. While practicing law, I started reading legal thrillers as a stress reliever. That eventually prompted me to try to write one.
Name a book that you feel has impacted your life significantly. Why was it so impactful?
The book Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown. I discovered it when I was 12. It was the very first book I can remember reading that had people in it who looked like me. It set off a search for other books and opened the door to my love of literature.
What inspired you to start your youtube channel (KinkyCoilyPamela)?
I had some drama with my own hair. In fact, I watched it fall out and was devastated. Then I discovered the world of natural hair care and started learning how to care for my own hair. I wanted to share what I learned with others and I’ve done that through my YouTube Channel, Kinky Coily Pamela, and my non-fiction book, Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide
What’s the last song that was stuck in your head?
Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. Of course!
What’s your favorite quote or scene from Lawful Deception?
I love the scene where Special confronts Darius in the restaurant in Chapter 70. Why? Because Special is a hoot and I always have a ball dreaming up “situations” for her.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I love this quote from media mogul Tyler Perry: “We don’t have to wait for somebody to green light our projects. We can create our own intersections.” Hearing him say those words caused me to embrace being a self-published author. Before that point, I was grudgingly self-published, praying for a book deal. Now, I absolutely love being in charge of my own writing career and I’m quite happy with the intersections I’ve created.
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