Q & A with Author, Yolanda Dean
1. What inspired you to write My Sunday Drives: The First Glance into Time?
This work was created over a period of time when I was being challenged in my walk as a female minister and it also encompasses my fascination with the days of black oppression…slavery and Jim Crow time.
2. Your main character Minister Yolanda has a down-to earth persona. Did you find establishing her unique voice and relativity to readers today challenging? If so, how?
No, it wasn’t challenging because the role of women in ministry is defined and has met with these challenges for so many years. Much of her character was based on myself.
3. Your characters range from the kid to the not-so-ice. How were you able to create and capture the voice and boldness of such a gritty classic character like “Bubba”?
"Bubba" is a compilation of a real life Florida Sheriff that I dealt with some years ago and characters that were portrayed in Jim Crow documentaries, as well as movies.
4. What was the most difficult part to write in the book and why was it a personal challenge to you?
The most difficult part to write was the part about young Jonah Petersburg’s murder and all of the events that surrounded that situation. I had to draw on feelings from recent events of our young men being murdered for no reason and all of the raw feelings that come with such horrific events.
5. In what ways does Minister Yolanda evolve by the end of the book?
By the end of the book she is somehow aged…not chronologically but in her soul, her mind. She has glimpsed how the past and the present are all linked together through blood and soul.
6. What character do you feel gave Minister Yolanda the most support and will we see “Bubba” in volume 2?
Most definitely “Bubba” will be in volume 2!! The character that most supported Minister Yolanda was in fact Martha Mary. The strength and wisdom that she drew upon was unbelievable.
7. Although the book is quite humorous there are definitely some important issues highlighted such as racism and the life of a minister. What is the most important issue to you that you address in your book?
The most important issue is walking in ministry. As servants of Christ we have the ability to effect many lives in all situations and that only through the wisdom and love of God.
8. As a Christian author what would you like readers to pull from your book?
That we impact the world in a mighty way! That it’s not just about being in the pulpit or in the church or causing people to “feel” the spirit….it’s about getting out and impacting the world for the Kingdom of Heaven.
9. You’ve been writing for quite some time. Will you release volume 2 this or next year? What are you currently working on?
Volume 2 is in the works and prayerfully it will be this year. I’m also working on “Clothed in a Word” which is an inspirational book.