Monthly Archives: June 2014
We met this talented author at the recent Black Writers on Tour. Patricia Hickman-Lampley is an up and coming author with stories to tell and a lot to say. Here she is, taking time to speak with us.
Who is Patricia Hickman-Lampley?
I was born, raised and educated in Compton, California and I have an AAS in Journalism from Los Angeles City College. I was the first student from a junior college accepted into the news internship program at L.A. television station, KTLA and worked as a writer for the KTLA News at Ten with Hal Fishman and Larry McCormick. I have three adult daughters and six grandchildren. I have been married to my husband, James for 27 years.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing as far back as I can remember, feeling pride whenever my stories made the classroom bulletin board back in elementary school! I continued to write all through school and was Front Page Editor of my high school (Manuel Dominguez High) newspaper, The El Reflejo, and Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Collegian at LACC.
What inspired you to write your book The Sins of Eden: Murder in the Park?
My novel, “The Sins of Eden: Murder in the Park” is a work of fiction inspired by true life events. It takes place at a time in our history when gangs began infesting our middle class communities. It tells the story of the transformation of those neighborhoods and the people who were affected by crimes such as drug dealing, robberies and murder. My husband (from Inglewood, California) and I grew up during this era and were first hand witnesses to events much like the ones in the book.
What steps did you take to publish your book?
I took my time writing this book, having a full time job and raising a family, so I got it as close to perfection as I could. As a journalist, I did the editing myself and searched the internet for the best Independent Publisher who would guarantee that I kept all rights to my work and who would assist me in the marketing process.
What’s your favorite part in the book?
Of course, I love the whole book but I have a couple favorite parts. I love the relationship development between the detective, a former Vietnam veteran and the woman he knew as a sexy cheerleader in high school who became a teenage mother, drug addict and hooker. The other favorite part is the ongoing love affair between inter-racial couple Maddie and Tony and all the obstacles they had to overcome just to be together.
Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
At the Black Writers on Tour in Carson, California I was asked by two different book clubs to speak to their groups and am scheduling dates to do so in the near future. I am currently writing on a proposal to the City of Compton to organize the first ever Writers, Artists, Entrepreneur Expo for the city. At BWOT I was approached by a company with connections to screenwriters who have asked for submissions of two sitcoms I am writing.
Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?
I will be participating in the LA Black Book Expo on September 13, 2014.
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you
have a website?
I can be reached on my website at http://outskirtspress.com\thesinsofeden or on Facebook at The Sins of Eden. Or follow me on Twitter at pattycake1213 or e-mail me at email@example.com
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
If writing is your passion, write, write, write. Do your research for the best publisher for your needs and never be discouraged. It can be done.