INTERVIEW | Pat G'Orge-Walker

Pat, describe yourself for our visitors.

Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) – Walker. I am blessed and with God’s favor, I am currently an Essence and National Best Selling and award-winning Christian author and comedienne. I am passionate about my ministry and talent known for turning my observations of church life into gems of hopefully, sidesplitting humor.  I believe it is a special gift from God that enables me to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.  I am also a former member of a doo wop girl’s group, the Chantels. I am also a recording industry veteran in promotion and marketing and worked for Epic, Columbia, Def Jam and IMB Records.

As for my hobbies, favorite music and ministries, they are varied. I love singing and acting. I am as well known for my Sister Betty one-woman show as I am a novelist. My music is very eclectic. I love gospel, oldies, some R&B, smooth jazz and country/western. I also perform with several Christian comedians who are a part of the Holy Humor connection.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I’m one of those who constantly chat with God. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a crowd, grocery shopping or alone. Sometimes I believe I’m actually badgering Him. But it’s a conversation where I know that nothing but good will come of it. My favorite time to connect with God is whenever I’m sitting in my recliner. Sometimes, I don’t make it to my bed preferring to just talk with the Master. It’s good to set aside time to just give him praise. I call it my time to hook up with a Heaven IV.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

I have several. I’ll just give my top five and in no particular order; Jacquelin Thomas, Tia McCollors, James Patterson, Keith Lee Johnson and Angela Benson. I have too many favorite books to mention but you can believe that the Bible will always be number one.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My earliest recollection began in the third grade. I’ve written everything from short stories, novels, poems, plays and songs to scripts for PM Magazine. I began writing the Sister Betty stories in the 1970’s. I finally self-published the first Sister Betty book in 1995. That particular book is now a collector’s item and the first Gospel comedy book. Publisher’s Weekly credited my Sister Betty! God’s Calling You Again!, book as the launch book for Kensington/Dafina’s foray into Christian Fiction. I signed with Kensington/Dafina in 2002 and have been with them since then.

Tell us about your current book?

My current novel is “Cruisin’ On Desperation.”

Book Description
In this sidesplitting send-up of church life, a hilarious cast of God-fearing, husband-hungry parishioners embark on a mission that’s sure to give new meaning to the term man hunter…

The members of the Oh-Lawd-Why-Am-I-Still-Single church group have gathered to complain about the slim pickings in their little town of Pelzer, South Carolina. They’re determined to revamp their man-chasing tactics. And newcomer Birdie Tweet, the only Caucasian member of the group, may offer just the opportunity they’re looking for…

At forty-two and nearly six feet tall, Birdie’s love life has been as unpromising as the other women’s until a recent phone call from a man she met two years before. Honey-colored and debonair, Lyon Lipps is an irresistible Afro-Latino hunk. Unbeknownst to Birdie, he’s also a con artist who has seduced women of all ages, races, shapes, and sizes. Now he’s found Jesus and wants to reconnect with good Sister Tweet.

But when Birdie passes around Lyon’s photo, which is actually his mug shot, several in the group recognize him. Even their sorriest wallflower, Sister Petunia, has been blessed–and cursed–with his attentions. With each tale, Birdie’s hopes for romance die, and her anger is resurrected…

The ladies devise a way to get payback from Lyon Lipps while improving their chances of meeting men at the same time. They’re going cruising aboard the aptly named ship, Desperation of the Seas. And they’re planning to trick Lyon into sailing along with them by making him the lucky "winner" of a free ticket.

Soon, they’re sailing the high seas, riding a wave of bickering, betrayal, and unholy behavior, with plenty of laughs–and a few genuine revelations–along the way…

This book has done phenomenally well. I believe it began when Bishop John Smith and the pulpit from St. Paul’s Tabernacle lay hands upon it and prayed for God’s blessings. It has gone on to become an Essence Top Five Best Seller, AALBS Best Comedy Book for 2007 and Disilgold Best Gospel Comedy for 2007. It is also available in audio book.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

The idea for this book came about as most of my stories will; I rarely sleep more than a few hours a night and seem to have an ongoing repertoire of characters and stories playing out in my mind.

List your three most recent books.

(1) Sister Betty! God’s Calling You, Again! (2) Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin’s Dead (3) Cruisin’ On Desperation

Whatʼs next for you?

My next book, SOMEWHAT SAVED is scheduled for an April 2008 release. It is the follow-up to Cruisin’ on Desperation.

SOMEWHAT SAVED

Mother Sasha Pray Onn and Mother Bea Blister live on the edge—of Christianity, that is and they’re about to knock Sister Betty off her sanctified perch. As the senior citizen matrons of the Ain’t Nobody Saved but Us-All Others Goin’ to Hell church, their devotion to the Lord and positions of President and Vice President of the Mothers Board must compete with their secret passions for gambling and openly holding grudges—especially against each other. But their long-held animosity is about to be complicated when the new pastor, the Reverend Leotis Tom, wants to reorganize the Mothers Board in time for the upcoming Las Vegas Conference and asks a reluctant Sister Betty to run for President.

After a scuffle at a secret Bingo game at the No Hope Now-Mercy Nevah church, the bumbling Reverend Bling Moe Bling pacifies Mothers Blister and Pray Onn by giving them two tickets to Las Vegas where the annual Mothers Board Conference will be held. He had plans to take his wife there for their anniversary—but he’ll do anything to keep the angry old women from tearing him asunder.

In Vegas, Mother Blister befriends a destitute young woman named Zipporah who does something no one has ever been able to do: touch Mother Blister’s heart. But in trying to help her, Mother Blister finds out Zipporah’s past might be at complete odds with Mother Blister’s present. Meanwhile, as Mother Pray Onn wreaks havoc on her own, Sister Betty arrives in time to join in the fray and has her salvation tested. As the chaos and comedy get out of hand, so do the questions about who is who, who did what to whom, and where and when. Just as surprising are the answers, which show that despite everyone’s best—or worst—intentions, from cradle to grave, it’s God who is ultimately in charge.

Where can visitors find you online?

I invite your readers to visit me at www.sisterbetty.com and www.myspace.com/sisterbettycomedy