Interview with Mercedes Brown

Mercedes BrownMercedes Brown will be appearing at the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, June 25.

Mercedes Tidmore Brown is a California native, born and reared in Long Beach, California. She attended Long Beach City College and California State University Dominquez Hills, where she received a B.A. degree in philosophy and a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.. She received a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College of Los Angeles, California. She is currently attending California State University Dominquez Hills, studying to become a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Mercedes, turns her pain into passion, and ultimately to freedom. The freedom from the shames that mothers feel when their child is incarceration. The author becomes transparent as she pens her memoir, sharing the pain of three generations of women in her own family who had a child behind the prison wall.

Mercedes desire is to help others whose soul is incarcerated when their loved ones are incarcerated. She wants to teach other women how to get their life back and triumph over all adversities. Mercedes is utilizing her education in marriage, family and therapy to help others to seek their purpose while pushing beyond their pain. She is available for workshops and seminars on the subject matter.

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(1) How did you go about writing and producing A Soul Incarcerated? Who are your target readers?

For the past three years I have been a student in the marriage and family therapy program at CSUDH. Some of the chapters in the book are actually assignments (vignettes) that I had to write on my relationships. The poetry and prayers were written years ago during stages of my souls’ incarceration. As a family member who has been impacted by incarceration this memiors was compiled to encourage others who are facing simular challenges and situations, and to erase the stigma of the shame and guilt associated with the incarceration of a loved one. The targeted readers are the communities who have family members incarcerated, individuals who have been abused and/or who have felt isolated, and the constituents and shareholders of the incarcerated.

(2) What did you do to get help in producing the book? Did you get help from readers and colleagues?

I went to Dr. Rosie Milligan for consultation and advice. She worked very closely with me in helping me to compile the contents of the book, as well as the publishing of the book.

(3) What are your plans for A Soul Incarcerated?

My plans for A Soul Incarcerated is to share my story with the global communities and to let them know they are not alone. There are 2.4 million families who are impacted by incarceration and we need to have an open dialogue about the subject, especially in the churches. My desire is to help others whose soul is incarcerated and teach others how to triumph over adversities. I also have plans to write a series of “A Soul Incarcerated” on different subjects and issues.

(4) What is on your bookshelf? What have you read lately that you’d like to share?

I have a wide variety of books on the shelves. From ancient civilization to art, psychology, religion and much more. I’m currently reading “The Value In The Valley” by Iyanla Vanzant.

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