INTERVIEW | Pamela D. Rice

Pamela, describe yourself for our visitors.

I’ll try to make this interesting. I am really one of those happy-go-lucky types.. I laugh and smile a lot. You know, the person who gets out of bed every morning singing. (“I heard the voice of Jesus say…”) Yes, I do have bad days, but I work my way through them. (Help me Lawd!) Although I am a country girl through and through, (yee-haa), I would feel just as comfortable walking the red carpet in Hollywood .

How do you find time to connect with God?

Psalm 63:1 …early will I seek thee… I read my devotional in the morning and then I pray/sing/worship. Spending time alone with God is so special. I know that if I have a problem, I can release it all and lay it at His feet. And guess what? He still loves me, because I am connected. I belong to Him.

Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?

I have quite a few…

Psalm 84:11 (King James Version) – 11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 46:10 (King James Version) – 10Be still, and know that I am God.

Philippians 4:6-7 (King James Version) – 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

And my personal quote: Everything’s gonna be alright!

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Wow…this is hard! I love to read all genres. So, Richard Wright- Native Son, Langston Hughes’ poetry, Zora Neal Hurston- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Maya Angelou- everything, Alice Walker- The Color Purple; Possessing the Secret of Joy, John Steinbeck- Of Mice and Men, and Toni Morrison- Love, are my grand favorites.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

Twenty years ago, I started writing a book that chronicled my grandmother’s life. Twenty years later it’s still incomplete. Lol…However, I wrote “The Sunday Morning Wife”, and sent out numerous query letters. After enough rejection letters to last a lifetime, Elissa Gabrielle from Peace In The Storm Publishing gave me the answer I longed for. This has been a hard road, but I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now. 😉

Tell us about your current book.

The Sunday Morning Wife gives you an inside view into the life of Yolanda Clarke. She is the wife of Timothy Clarke, the pastor of BrightStar Tabernacle, and they appear to have the perfect life. However, looks can be deceiving, as Yolanda is a silent victim of domestic violence. Yolanda finds comfort in the arms of Andre Hunter, who gives her everything that she’s missing at home. But, everything that’s done in darkness will soon come to the light.

What influenced you to write this book?

I was influenced to write this book after witnessing a horrific 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 don’t know where they were going, but they looked like they were dressed for church.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Once I witnessed the violent episode, the wheels started turning. I wondered how women went through that same scenario on a daily basis. I also wondered how I could create awareness for a problem that is reaching epidemic proportions; yet entertain without being preachy.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

I love Yolanda. I always pull for the underdog.

What’s next for you?

I have several projects in the works- stay tuned. 😉

Where can visitors find you online?

Please visit my website at http://www.pameladrice.com