2022 Local Authors Expo Spotlight: Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor is standing to next to a table with her books, smiling. She is holding one of her books.

Pamela Taylor's new book helps people transition from parenting young children to parenting young adults. She will be attending the 2022 Local Authors Expo on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., at the Central Library. 

Learn more about her process and get a glimpse of her book in this  brief Q&A with the Birmingham Public Library. Stop by the Central Library this weekend to meet her in person. 

BPL: Tell me about your book.

Taylor: My book, From Mommy to Mentor—Parenting Adult Children, is about transitioning from the "mommy" (parent) role to becoming a coach or mentor to adult children. It begins with young children and how we can intentionally impart wisdom, truth, and guidance to prepare them. Reading the book will help anyone who influences children and young adults successfully move through each stage, to the primary goal of mentoring. In the book, you will learn how to punt the responsibility back to adult children, sharpen your mentoring skills, and teach your children practical life skills, among other valuable tips. It provides nuggets of insight, tools, and examples of how to navigate through the process—from Mommy to Mentor. 

BPL: What inspired you to write your book(s)?

Taylor: I was inspired to write this book because I am a mother of three children. They are all young adults now; however, I found myself providing wisdom tips to others, as I was navigating through this process myself. I believe God guided and continues to guide me through bumps in the road and struggles, as I transition to my new role as coach and mentor to my adult children. I want to share what I've learned so far and help those who influence children and young adults to become more successful during this transitional period, I have peace during it, and come out whole. As mentioned in my book, parenting is only a piece of God's ultimate plan for our lives. He has much more for us to do, after the "mommy" period. 

BPL: Who is your favorite author and why?

Taylor: Currently, my favorite author is Joel Osteen. His writing is very simple and practical, but leaves you feeling hopeful, inspired, and with a game plan for success.  

BPL: What do you hope readers get out of your books?

Taylor: I want my writing to not only be easily understood and practical, but also want the readers equipped with a plan of action, and to know that they are not alone in what they are going through. There is hope and we will victoriously get through this together. 

BPL: Any advice you would give for new authors of those desiring to become an author?

Taylor: I would advise new authors or those desiring to become an author to believe that you do have something of value to say. Once you believe in your message, you will be able to convey it by putting pen to paper. Also, I would advise them to just sit quietly and write whatever comes to mind, in your heart, and not initially try to form it into a book. Just write. Try to write "something" at least 15 minutes a day. 

You can purchase a copy of her book online or purchase a copy at the Local Authors Expo this Saturday, November 5, at the Central Library, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

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