Continue to read the extraordinary interview with author Péron F. Long discussing, Pulpit Confessions and sharing a glimpse inside the world of an published author. The Sankofa Literary Society has selected Pulpit Confessions as book of the month featured title.
Péron Fritzgerald Long was born in Rock Hill , SC , where he also currently resides. As told to him by his mother, he has always had a fascination with words and began to teach himself how to read and write at age 4 and began creating short stories by the age of 6.
If It Ain’t Right, It’s Wrong is his first published Novel. Pulpit Confessions is his first novel released by XYP! Péron’s next title Livin’ Ain’t Easy will be released in early 09 (Urban Books). He is currently working on his 6th title The First Person.
We are discussing Pulpit Confessions by Péron F. Long
Tell us what motivated you to write this book, start your business or service.
::: My inspiration for this novel was based on the current state of today’s Spiritual
community. Over the past couple of years we have seen the fall of congregations due to the acts of Man. My goal while writing PC was to show a more humanistic side of those viewed as the epitome of Righteousness.
Where are you from? What is your favorite book, music, movie, play?
::: I’m from Rock Hill , SC a suburb outside of Charlotte , NC . My favorite book is Seduced written by Nelson George, my desire to actually become a published author took a life of its own. I am currently listening to old school hip-hop or alternative R&B. Favorite movies are Love Jones and The Five Heartbeats
How do you spend your free time? Do you write poetry or sing?
::: Most of my free time is spent resting as much as I can (Ha-Ha) I do dabble in poetry from time to time when the words come to me.
Could you imagine your life without writing today?
::: No I could not imagine my life without writing. I strongly believe that I was born a writer. From the stories told to me by my mother, I began to teach myself to read and write at age 4 and actually began developing stories at age 6. Writing has always been a part of me and I’ve written several short stories and novels over the years. I never truly thought about publishing my work until maybe 5 or 6 years ago.
As a writer, what are some of the most important things you try to convey to readers through your books?
::: As a writer, I want to convey to readers that I not only possess the passion of the craft but I also possess the desire to educate and bring forth issues that affect our community while creating entertaining tales at the same time.
Pulpit Confessions is the story of Raymond Sr., Ruth, Raymond Jr., Katherine and Anthony Miller, the leaders of The Spiritual Dynasty God’s Deliverance Ministries. For the past thirty years, God’s Deliverance has become a powerful spiritually based organization well known throughout the world. Bishop Raymond Miller Jr., his wife Katherine, along with his mother Ruth, younger brother Anthony and father Raymond Sr., who now suffers from dementia, are seen by the world as God's chosen family. But there are secrets within this family that could eventually destroy them all.
When Katherine becomes tired of her lonely nights without Raymond Jr. to provide the love and physical desires she craves, she finds herself attracted to Kevin Taylor, a coach at the school where she is the principal. After discovering that Raymond Jr. has been having an affair for the past two years with his assistant, Janaé Young, who is also the faux girlfriend to younger brother Anthony, her desires to be with Kevin becomes a reality.
When Janaé becomes pregnant, Raymond, who was encouraged by his mother Ruth, asks Anthony to marry her. Although Anthony has a secret attraction towards her, he reluctantly accepts Raymond's request.
This is a story of family deceit that leads to corruption and murder, and one person's plot to take complete control. All Hell will definitely break loose, when Bishop Raymond Miller Jr.’s Pulpit Confessions are revealed.
ISBN: 9780979975794; ISBN10: 0979975783; Xpress Yourself Publishing; On Sale: 1/15/2008; Format: Trade Paperback; Trim Size: 6 x 9; Pages: 208; Ages: 18 and Up