About The Author

Pamala KennedyPublished Author

Pamala has traveled to Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalor, Calcutta, Manila, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris and other urban areas of the world and has seen many of the horrors described in MORE THAN RICE. She writes with passion and purpose. She has been a life coach and mentor of young women for more than thirty years. Pamala has also served as a volunteer in organizations that work to help rescue and restore the helpless. Of Cherokee descent, Pamala is the author of four books: Where Have All the Lovers Gone? (Here’s Life Publications, 1991), Suffering in Slow Motion (Regal Books, 2003), and Extraordinary Living…above the ordinary (Bush Publishing, 2009). Her first novel, More Than Rice, (Yorkshire Publishing) was released in late 2010, is presently under contract for a full feature movie to be distributed in theaters throughout the world. Pamala has been a guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows, many with over a million viewing audience. Pamala corresponds with her friends and supporters on twitter and Facebook.

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More Than Rice

A journey through the underworld of human trafficking

Best-selling book, More Than Rice by author Pamala Kennedy has done more than just captivate readers young and old alike. Pamala Kennedy recently inked a deal with Quadrant2 Productions and Titlecard Pictures to produce a movie based on the story.

More Than Rice has captured the hearts of readers across the country, chronicling the story of Gabriela, Maylin, and Karima, who are victims of the human sex trafficking industry. Kennedy's story highlights a very frightening reality: each year three million women and children are abducted into human trafficking each year...

Reviews

"Kennedy’s work simultaneously calls the attention of readers to a horrific practice that claims the freedom of 3 million new women each year, while instilling an uplifting underlying message, deftly interweaving compelling themes, page-turning plot, artfully rendered characters, and social issues."
-Power Of Women
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Extraordinary Living... Above The Ordinary

How to be successful in your quest for living an extraordinary life!

This book will push you to live above ordinary. It will take courage to move from ordinary to extraordinary, but you will not regret it. Others long to see something to emulate, a hero to look up to, a mentor to follow. Be that to someone. Our world needs strong leaders leading the right way. Decide to take your place and fulfill the destiny meant for you and you alone. I challenge you to move from ordinary living to extraordinary living, in every arena of life. Through hard circumstances, through tough personal assessment, through accepting others, as well as yourself, through personal growth in work and marriage, through an intimate daily encounter with God. Be extraordinary
Pamala encourages others to choose to make their lives Extraordinary. Ordinary takes no effort, it's easy to coast through life, follow the crowd to average. But Pamala believes everyone can push past obstacles that keep you stuck in the same place having just ordinary relationships and small dreams. She gives step by step instructions to help you get unstuck and move forward to achieve more, dream bigger and live an extraordinary life. She has teamed up with lifetime friend and colleague David T. Moore to provide more even resources and insight on getting unstuck and moving forward to live the life you were destined to live. The Extraordinary Life!
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Suffering In Slow Motion

Bringing Hope To Families Dealing With Terminal Illnesses

This book takes the reader on the journey of Dr. Richard Kennedy's diagnoses of Frontal Temporal Dementia from the family's perspective as well as his. Pamala, his wife and caregiver actually took notes from Richard's journal during the lengthy disease and has put his thoughts and feelings in the book as well as her own authentic feelings and fears throughout the illness. This is a must read for all families faced with terminal illness. It offers help for all.
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Reviews

Reviews from Amazon.com and other sources

  • I read this book non-stop because I could not put it down. Honestly, I did not know if I would be able to 'get in' to a book on such a dark topic, but it is beautifully written, with great character development, turns and twists, and a surprise outcome. Anyone concerned about the suffering of children around the world whose bodies and lives are bought and sold should read this book first. The Appendix gives practical answers to 'what you can do' to make a difference. It is a short, easy read. I highly recommend it.

    - Laura Rodich
  • For those who want to know about and then make a difference in the anti-trafficking movement, this important novel is a must-read. Take the time from your busy schedule to consider Pamela chestnut's suggestions of what we can do to address modern day slavery.

    - Cindy Avezzie
  • Pamala does a wonderful job of not making the novel too graphic. I'd rate it PG-13. I've heard Pamala say in one of her interviews on Youtube that it's a gentle introduction to trafficking. This is a book that everyone can read and come to understand what trafficking is no matter what age you are.

    - Michelle R. Gustafson
  • "More Than Rice" was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. It's author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more.

    - Sherrie Clark
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • "More Than Rice" was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. It's author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more.

    - Sherrie Clark
  • Pamala does a wonderful job of not making the novel too graphic. I'd rate it PG-13. I've heard Pamala say in one of her interviews on Youtube that it's a gentle introduction to trafficking. This is a book that everyone can read and come to understand what trafficking is no matter what age you are.

    - Michelle R. Gustafson
  • I read this book non-stop because I could not put it down. Honestly, I did not know if I would be able to 'get in' to a book on such a dark topic, but it is beautifully written, with great character development, turns and twists, and a surprise outcome. Anyone concerned about the suffering of children around the world whose bodies and lives are bought and sold should read this book first. The Appendix gives practical answers to 'what you can do' to make a difference. It is a short, easy read. I highly recommend it.

    - Laura Rodich
  • Ths book is a great book to inform people about sex trafficking while telling a story. It keeps your interest as you learn. Even aside from the issues of justice, there are many life lessons taught in this book. Very inspiring and hopeful!

    - Natalie
  • More Than Rice is a novel I shared with my entire family. My parents, who don't normally read fiction, really got involved with and emotionally connected to the characters and the creative writing style of Pamala Kennedy Chestnut. With a sober topic like Human Trafficking-the author writes in a cautious style to present, but not exploit the reader; so the abuse is not so offensive-yet it is a very compelling and motivating call to action. Get a copy for a friend as a gift!

    - Michelle D Butler
  • More Than Rice was wonderfully written & didn't throw me onto the floor crying my eyes out for these girls, but it got the point across very clearly. The story flowed so gracefully, that I did not want to put this book down. I ended up reading it over a period of 3 days. Pamela speaks out for those who cannot speak out for themselves & challenges her readers to become informed & take action. This id definitely a book that you want to read!

    - Kim M Casper
  • I is hard to believe that we live in a society that has to have corrupt individuals. Very sad, indeed

    - Chaz
  • For those who want to know about and then make a difference in the anti-trafficking movement, this important novel is a must-read. Take the time from your busy schedule to consider Pamela chestnut's suggestions of what we can do to address modern day slavery.

    - Cindy Avezzie
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • For those who want to know about and then make a difference in the anti-trafficking movement, this important novel is a must-read. Take the time from your busy schedule to consider Pamela chestnut's suggestions of what we can do to address modern day slavery.

    - Cindy Avezzie
  • I is hard to believe that we live in a society that has to have corrupt individuals. Very sad, indeed

    - Chaz
  • More Than Rice was wonderfully written & didn't throw me onto the floor crying my eyes out for these girls, but it got the point across very clearly. The story flowed so gracefully, that I did not want to put this book down. I ended up reading it over a period of 3 days. Pamela speaks out for those who cannot speak out for themselves & challenges her readers to become informed & take action. This id definitely a book that you want to read!

    - Kim M Casper
  • Pamala does a wonderful job of not making the novel too graphic. I'd rate it PG-13. I've heard Pamala say in one of her interviews on Youtube that it's a gentle introduction to trafficking. This is a book that everyone can read and come to understand what trafficking is no matter what age you are.

    - Michelle R. Gustafson
  • I very much support books on this topic, I think it is great that there are writers willing to dive into such a dark world for the sake of informing people about this epidemic of cruelty and greed. For anyone who has never read a book about human trafficking I encourage you to buy this and read it. It is full of stories based on what really happens every single day to women and children. You wont quickly forget it. The rest of my review is written more for people who tend to collect books on this subject. I am planning on working with organizations helping to prevent human trafficking so I have read quite a few of these!

    - D.A Uber
  • More Than Rice is an excellent introduction to the dark world of international human trafficking. Without being graphic regarding what sex workers do and suffer, it takes us through a sampling of the ways victims are found and taken, how they are threatened into compliance, abused, betrayed, moved along from place to place, and rendered helpless and miserable. While MTR is not "great literature" it is a straightforward read for the ability level of young people that reads series books, such as Twilight, Hunger Games or books by Lois Lowry, etc. The emphasis that this is based on real events and people, the horrors do not end when the book is done, is necessary, and other more realistic works on the topic would be relevant according to the adult's desire to go more in depth on the topic. I look forward to more books by this author, for whom this was a debut novel.

    - Laurie Ann Powell
  • I is hard to believe that we live in a society that has to have corrupt individuals. Very sad, indeed

    - Chaz
  • I truly could not put this book down. I had it read in less than a 24 hour period. The author pulled me in & I was experiencing the story! What a wonderful invitation to see the world through someone else's eyes. Truly this story has the excitement, drama, suspence, fear, hope & wonder that any reader would be looking for. Most of all it was a personal call to action on my part to be aware of the world around me & a challenge to myself to see what I am going to do about the social injustice of human trafficking. This is truly a great book for women or men.

    - Ucoram
  • "More Than Rice" was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. It's author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more.

    - Sherrie Clark
  • I very much support books on this topic, I think it is great that there are writers willing to dive into such a dark world for the sake of informing people about this epidemic of cruelty and greed. For anyone who has never read a book about human trafficking I encourage you to buy this and read it. It is full of stories based on what really happens every single day to women and children. You wont quickly forget it. The rest of my review is written more for people who tend to collect books on this subject. I am planning on working with organizations helping to prevent human trafficking so I have read quite a few of these!

    - D.A Uber
  • Ths book is a great book to inform people about sex trafficking while telling a story. It keeps your interest as you learn. Even aside from the issues of justice, there are many life lessons taught in this book. Very inspiring and hopeful!

    - Natalie
  • I read this book non-stop because I could not put it down. Honestly, I did not know if I would be able to 'get in' to a book on such a dark topic, but it is beautifully written, with great character development, turns and twists, and a surprise outcome. Anyone concerned about the suffering of children around the world whose bodies and lives are bought and sold should read this book first. The Appendix gives practical answers to 'what you can do' to make a difference. It is a short, easy read. I highly recommend it.

    - Laura Rodich
  • "More Than Rice" was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. It's author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more.

    - Sherrie Clark
  • Pamala does a wonderful job of not making the novel too graphic. I'd rate it PG-13. I've heard Pamala say in one of her interviews on Youtube that it's a gentle introduction to trafficking. This is a book that everyone can read and come to understand what trafficking is no matter what age you are.

    - Michelle R. Gustafson
  • I read this book non-stop because I could not put it down. Honestly, I did not know if I would be able to 'get in' to a book on such a dark topic, but it is beautifully written, with great character development, turns and twists, and a surprise outcome. Anyone concerned about the suffering of children around the world whose bodies and lives are bought and sold should read this book first. The Appendix gives practical answers to 'what you can do' to make a difference. It is a short, easy read. I highly recommend it.

    - Laura Rodich
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • I very much support books on this topic, I think it is great that there are writers willing to dive into such a dark world for the sake of informing people about this epidemic of cruelty and greed. For anyone who has never read a book about human trafficking I encourage you to buy this and read it. It is full of stories based on what really happens every single day to women and children. You wont quickly forget it. The rest of my review is written more for people who tend to collect books on this subject. I am planning on working with organizations helping to prevent human trafficking so I have read quite a few of these!

    - D.A Uber
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • I is hard to believe that we live in a society that has to have corrupt individuals. Very sad, indeed

    - Chaz
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • More Than Rice is a novel I shared with my entire family. My parents, who don't normally read fiction, really got involved with and emotionally connected to the characters and the creative writing style of Pamala Kennedy Chestnut. With a sober topic like Human Trafficking-the author writes in a cautious style to present, but not exploit the reader; so the abuse is not so offensive-yet it is a very compelling and motivating call to action. Get a copy for a friend as a gift!

    - Michelle D Butler
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • More Than Rice was wonderfully written & didn't throw me onto the floor crying my eyes out for these girls, but it got the point across very clearly. The story flowed so gracefully, that I did not want to put this book down. I ended up reading it over a period of 3 days. Pamela speaks out for those who cannot speak out for themselves & challenges her readers to become informed & take action. This id definitely a book that you want to read!

    - Kim M Casper
  • In her journey to becoming one of America's most beloved inspirational women... Pamala is an extraordinary speaker, writer, sought after guest on talk shows; radio and television-let her inspire you in her novel.

    - Lance Lee, PhD
  • More Than Rice is an excellent introduction to the dark world of international human trafficking. Without being graphic regarding what sex workers do and suffer, it takes us through a sampling of the ways victims are found and taken, how they are threatened into compliance, abused, betrayed, moved along from place to place, and rendered helpless and miserable. While MTR is not "great literature" it is a straightforward read for the ability level of young people that reads series books, such as Twilight, Hunger Games or books by Lois Lowry, etc. The emphasis that this is based on real events and people, the horrors do not end when the book is done, is necessary, and other more realistic works on the topic would be relevant according to the adult's desire to go more in depth on the topic. I look forward to more books by this author, for whom this was a debut novel.

    - Laurie Ann Powell
  • "More Than Rice" was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. It's author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more.

    - Sherrie Clark

Media

Interviews with Pam and other multimedia

More Than Rice Author Pamala Kennedy at Barnes & Noble

Author Pamala Kennedy shares her novel "More Than Rice"

Pamala Speaks at Women's Conference at the Mabee Center

KDOR TV 17 Pamala Kennedy Talk

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