Love conquers all in Pat Sofrona's 'Beyond the Shades'
Pat Sofrona Williams-Bignall's first letter to The Gleaner, in 2002, was selected as the Letter of the Day.
She quips that she wrote under her pen name 'Wilbig' until she was brave enough to use her name. Now, the former banker-turned-author has penned her first novel, Beyond the Shades, which she officially launched at Chaser's CafÈ in St Andrew last Thursday.
The title for the book was easy for Williams-Bignall as her trademark is her shades - in various shapes, colours, sizes and styles.
Set in London, England, and Kingston, Jamaica, Beyond the Shades takes readers on what her childhood friend, Clara T Brown, described as a story that captures the imagination, offering a seamless demonstration of the multiplicity of emotions that govern life and living.
"Beyond the Shades is not any typical love story similar to a Danielle Steele. What Pat has done exemplifies the capacity for taking the reader outside of their own spiritual space and ease them effortlessly into the space occupied by the Pulloskys," said Brown in her book review.
The characters in the book are members of the Pullosky family.
Brown, who said she savoured every moment of the book, said her personal takeaway was that love conquers all.
For the author, this has been a dream come true.
"I dreamt of being an author of story books from I was at Bethany Primary," she told the gathering of friends she has made since her days at school, her tenure in banking and bauxite, and, most recently, Facebook.
"There were many times I would write my name minus Sofrona, on a piece of paper and paste it over the name of the author of the book I was reading as a child," she recalled, greeted by laughter from the audience.
But as she progressed through high school at St Hilda's, she said she learnt about the term plagiarism and the consequences affiliated with it.
That did not cause her to shelve her dreams. she just started dreaming bigger and believing she was not going to be any ordinary author, but one with many best-sellers.
"Beyond the Shades is what I call a light romance novel. it may raise your tempo but not the dead," she quipped.
Beyond the Shades can be found at amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.