Priscilla: Engaging in the Game of Politics


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$19.95  $18.55
M. J. Simms-Maddox, Inc.
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.74 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

M. J. Simms-Maddox, PhD, is an independent ("indie") author and the creator of the Priscilla Series.
The South Carolina native grew up in the Snowbelt of western New York and currently resides in North Carolina.
She earned her doctorate in political science from the Ohio State University, has served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, operated a PR firm, and taught political science for over thirty years, and she travels extensively-all of which plays prominently in the Priscilla Series.
The author found her passion for writing fiction somewhat late in her life and has been writing mostly mysteries and thrillers since 1999.
She is affiliated with the African Literature Association, the Chanticleer Authors' Conference, the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Women's National Book Association.

Apart from writing novels about professional women with agency, she enjoys all-things-books, traveling, and working in her yard.


"Trilogy begins. M. J. Simms-Maddox's Priscilla dives into politics." Salisbury Post.

"My favorite character in this book is Miss Prissy. The author's writing style eloquently captures the Ohio political landscape, the love between a father and child, and family lifestyle. ...five out of five stars."

"There are some great stories in whose form we identify an elevated piece of creative writing, fundamentally as the sole conception of a writer's innovative mind, premeditated through meticulous attention to craft and solemn devotion to her muse. essential prequel to her series based on the adventures of Priscilla, which is eventually set in Zimbabwe and South Africa in the early post-apartheid years." AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY (Volume 36).

"A classic bildungsroman ...." MARIE UMEH, author and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"This author knows the inner workings of state politics, the wily maneuvers, the party bartering, the importance of rank, experience, and sponsorship. Priscilla survives an affair with her boss, weathering it like a veteran from New York tabloid wars while writing a letter about her former allies that would have destroyed someone in real life. It makes for good reading that keeps the reader interested." AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB.

"'When writing a novel, a writer should create living people, people, not characters. A character is a caricature, ' said Ernest Hemingway. And a living person is precisely what M. J. Simms-Maddox has created in her book, Priscilla Engaging in the Game of Politics. ...Given the complexity of this living character created by Simms-Maddox, readers should be confident that any story featuring Priscilla would be compelling, challenging, interesting, and unpredictable." OSIRIS VALLEJO, 2017 National Book Author, Dominican Republic.

"The author weaves a tale that puts you right in the throes of Ohio politics and amid a stoic family enduring all the trials and tribulations of life. The author is a true storyteller who keeps you on the edge of your seat... There are many mysteries in Priscilla's young life. ...a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience." LAURA JOHNSON is the director of the Andrew Carnegie Library, Livingstone College.