When attorney Pamela Samuels Young, an NAACP Image Award winner, isn’t fulfilling her duties as legal counsel for a major corporation in Southern California, you can usually find her penning her next legal thriller.
Her acclaimed novel, Anyone’s Daughter, is what garnered Pamela her first NAACP Image Award win in the category of Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction), and her nomination put her in league with the likes of Walter Mosley, Terry McMillan, Sista Souljah and Victoria Christopher Murray. Because Pamela was the only independently-published author to be nominated in her category, the nomination and win are testaments to her hard work and dedication to her craft.
Fed up with never seeing people of color, especially women, depicted as savvy, hot-shot attorneys in the legal thrillers she read, the Compton, CA, native decided to create her own. Despite the demands of a busy legal career, Pamela accomplished her ambitious goal by getting up at 4am to write before work, dedicated her weekends to writing and even spent a large portion of her vacations glued to her laptop. In doing so, she discovered her passion for writing.
A graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and a Master’s Degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A., an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers.
Pamela is also a frequent speaker on the topics of writing fiction, discrimination law and pursuing your passion.
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She lives in Southern California and attends Hope in Christ Community Church.