Interview with Patrice Shavone Brown

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Myself, my children, the need to help others and share my gifts with the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy traveling, musical concerts and watching movies. I am constantly doing something with my two children.
The Day Momma Made Me Dance is a colorful children’s book depicting the consequences of childrens misbehavior. What was your inspiration for this book?
My inspiration was my very own childhood experience. I myself was a mischevious child and my sister was also so growing up in a home where consequences were learned about through whoopings. I decided to write about it and this book is in no way to excuse about but to simply talk about my story and how I learned right from wrong. Not all people will see this book as acceptable but in many black homes that are my culture, it is accepted.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well its funny because I rewrote the little piggy's but with a twist and a bit more funnier.
The story follows a young girl who is constantly up to mischief. What were some themes that were important for you to capture in this story?
The themes that were displayed was the experience of going to school and misbehaving, treating my sibling badly and being disrespectful by not listening to my parent. These themes were important because everyone has had a bad moment in their life either in the home or school as a kid.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Helen Keller, I thought to myself if a blind girl could write, then what is my problem.
The story draws a line between punishment and abuse. What is a common misconception you find people have about this subject?
People find that any form of punishment with an object is abuse. I have to disagree with that opinion because we all have to measure the level of discipline with what object and for how long. I believe that it is ok to whoop your child, talk to them and do time out. However, what happens when all of your interventions fail and the child still continues to misbehave. My book was a simple representation of punishment was in my home and the yes the girl learned her lesson in the end. The girl talked with her mom and stated that she understands the rules of the home and school. I had the same similar experience in my life. So this book was a short story about that time.
What do you hope readers take away from your story?
Readers should take away that punishment is not all bad no matter the form of it. It just depends on the level and frequency of the punishment. This book is not only about punishment but it has a bit of humor in it. The day momma made me dance is simply a metaphor for a butt whipping. The girl understands her faults and is thankful for her punishment because without it she would not understand the rules of home and school.
What do you think makes a strong self-help book?
A strong self-help book is based on the actual experience of the expert. The self-help techniques that are being shared should really be able to help and should have already been tested. No one wants to read a self-help book that doesn’t really help give clarity about the particular topic discussed. The solutions expressed in the self-help book should be reliable to the readers.
What inspired you to write Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor?
My inspiration is my passion as a counselor to help people each day. You see I have been helping people for thirteen years professionally, but I actually started helping others as a child. Certain people are called to complete specific jobs for the lord! I am working and walking within my purpose that he has made for me. I want people to know that counselors have issues too. We are not perfect by sling shot. We make mistakes, but ethics paints a picture of moral robots. I also wanted to share my secrets as a counselor, my success story and my failures.
Secrets Of a Crazy Mental health counselor will be able to help a lot of people. Do you plan any follow up books?
Yes, I do plan on following up with three additional books after this one. A Fat Girls Confidence is the next follow up. Followed by Restoring Bodies And Minds Therapy Workbook and The Motivational Room. I have a children’s book that will be released soon, called We Blend Well Together. Each book that I named has a self-help purpose behind it. Each book that I write will be purposely focused on the family, individual and or children. I’m a writer that focuses on the unit not just one person or thing.
Describe your desk
Ha, clutter but neat at the same time. It is cluttered around it with elephants, pencil and pen cups. Do not forget the monthly calendar. I must say in the very middle it is clear and free of clutter and it fits just right for a laptop or notebook and pen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a North Carolina Native and the world around me influenced me in every way possible. When I say everything, I mean the trees, animals and oh mostly the people. There is no place like everything in life matters. The good and the bad matters and in my life as a writer it's important.
Published 2018-04-04.
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Books by This Author

We Blend Well Together
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Stepfamilies
Caleb secretly wonders what his life would be like if his two parents were still together. He must learn to fight his way past the thoughts of living in to separate homes.
The Day Momma Made Me Dance
You set the price! Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Manners & Etiquette
After repeated prompts about behaving badly find out why this girl danced for her momma.
Secrets Of A Crazy Mental Health Counselor
You set the price! Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Mental Health Counselor Patrice Shavone Brown tells her story about her personal life struggles. In addition to shifting her roles as Counselor, she reveals secrets to her success. Throughout the book, she reveals her naked truths and how she has learned to still survive.