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7 Questions with Pamela Samuels Young

November 14, 2008

Interview with Pamela Samuels Young
By Shelia M. Goss

What’s one thing (besides writing) that you enjoy doing?
Watching a good murder mystery on TV or at the movie theater.

What’s your favorite quote & why?
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Comedian Milton Berle
This quote reminds me that it’s up to me to make my dreams come true.

What television show best describes your life and why?
Grey’s Anatomy – long working hours, strong relationships and lots of drama.

What is your most valued possession?
My laptop. All my story ideas are in there!

What would your best friend say about you?
That I’m loyal.

What does love mean to you?
Being able to compromise. When you really love someone, you suddenly have the ability to think of them first.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Don’t let the naysayers discourage you. Agents and editors have rejected lots of writers who went on to major success in the publishing world (e.g., John Grisham, Terry McMillan, Stephanie Meyer). So when you get that rejection letter, take a minute or two to whine about it, then move on. Your day will come. Just don’t quit!

pamelaimage3Author Bio
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and author of the thrillers, Murder on the Down Low, and the Essence bestsellers, Every Reasonable Doubt and In Firm Pursuit. A desire to see engaging African-American and female attorneys depicted in today’s legal fiction prompted her to begin writing despite a busy legal career. Every Reasonable Doubt won the Black Expressions Book Club’s Fiction Writing Contest and In Firm Pursuit was nominated for Best African-American Novel of 2007 by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Pamela is an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands School of Business and a graduate of the University of Southern California, Northwestern University, and the University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. The Compton native and former journalist is the legal columnist for Global Woman magazine and served as legal consultant to the Showtime television series Soul Food. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of writing and self-empowerment. Visit Pamela’s Website at:

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