About the author

Majoring in Construction Engineering at Iowa State University, Pamela spent 20 years in the construction industry.  Moving from what she calls the outside to the inside, she completely changed direction and spent the next 12 years in the wide-world of Banking as a Front-end Fraud Investigator.

Driven by a secret motive, Pamela far and above exceeded her level of responsibilities.  Nominated Woman of the Year by Soroptimist International, she also held membership in the American Business Woman Association, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and served as President of Women in Construction.  Believing in giving back to the community, Pamela served as the chief liaison for the Job Service Improvement Program, a position that raised job awareness between the State of Iowa and Washington D.C.

Not until she retired was Pamela able to pursue her ultimate goal…locating the man fate tried to leave behind.  40 years in waiting, 7 years of researching, Pamela reveals her hidden motive and gives us the rest of the story in her book …but they call me Sonny.

New Book Trailer for “…but they call me Sonny”

Welcome to the book trailer for “…but they call me Sonny.”  Please enjoy as this video depicts the actual  life and times of the Great Depression.   A period of history where supplies were scarce, and to survive, neighbors had to pitch in or reach out to one another in order to make it through the hard times.

Your visit is important and we would be very pleased if you would take a few minutes to write a comment.  Thank you.  –Author Pamela A. Clark



More reviews from the readers of …but they call me Sonny

From the first time …but they call me Sonny posted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, readers have shared their positive opinions and remarks.  We appreciate, encourage, and look forward to the feedback that is coming in.  You can also send your comments and questions about the book to the author.  Direct all correspondence to authorpamelaclark @yahoo.com.   Pamela will respond, and because of volume, please allow her 2 to 3 days.

From Amazon Buyers:

 By:  Amanda/  Amazon Verified Purchase.  This review is from …but they call me Sonny (Hardcover)

 “I think I learned more reading this book then I ever did in any history book in middle or high school.”

By:  Kim/  Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from …but they call me Sonny (Hardcover)

 “All the emotions one human being can have, you will find yourself laughing, crying, getting angry with Sonny, and feeling his pain as you read.  I will read this book over and over again. I suggest this book to readers out there who want to experience “real life” issues and to the ones who want to have the experiences of how life was like back in the days gone by. I really, really enjoyed this book and I hope many of you will read it too!”

By:  Chris

Dear Karyn…

”I finished “But They Call Me Sonny” last night! I truly enjoyed reading your Grandfather’s life story!!! I found it fascinating that your Aunt Pam could research it all and put it together in a way that kept you wanting to see what would happen next in his life. Of course, not knowing how he died ahead of time added a touch of suspense for me!”

By: Shelly  

“Hi. I was reading part of your book online today.. I have to admit that I was captivated by it. It is a very good read.  I think I am going to buy your book this afternoon.”

 By:  Sandy

“I truly am enjoying the book. You are a good writer. My husband hates it when I am reading, so I have to wait for him to go busy himself so I can get back to it. Lol  I am going to buy a couple of the hard copies of this book. I hope to have you sign them both. I have an old Riverview friend who lives in Wyoming and I know she would really enjoy the book too. It will make a nice gift for her.”

Whispering Coves

“I love the cover!”

By Doug  Format: Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase

“This book has all of the magic of a good movie.  Sonny at a young age has learned the values of a dream and hard-work , during a time in this country of needs. The way of the story being told will amaze you and yet tug at your heart. At times, you want to reach in and grab him, and tell him, it will be all right. The magic of this book will keep you on a journey of hope, hate and rage. But like all great books, this one will make you proud of all of our grandfathers and fathers, and the hope of all of the people during the great depression. I would highly recommend this book, and hope and pray, that this story will be told onscreen..

From Facebook

Bobette  posted to  Pamela Clark

Pam I’m reading your book right now and I’am enjoying it but I had to laugh when Sonny tried to go over the 18th st bridge because I so remember that feeling he had and I knew right away what he had tripped on before I read it. I’m translating everything I read to my aunt she knew your family quit well. 4/20/12 FB Conservation.

Sandy:  posted on Facebook September 12, 2012

I have to say, I finished the book today, “but they call me Sonny.”  I have been thinking about the book a lot.  I cried for at least 15 minutes after I read it.  If you get a chance, get your hands on it and read it.  Well worth your time.

 Eloise posted on Facebook September 12, 2012

I would say…Yes, it would make a great movie.  So many different characters…so many different actors I can’t imagine playing them.  (and I’m not even finished with the book!) I heard it will make me cry!

Bobette  posted on Facebook September 12, 2012

I downloaded mine from Barnes & Noble.  A very good book!

Becky  posted on Facebook September 18, 2012

Pamela, I finished the book and loved reading it.  I could relate to Pat’s Pond, John Deere, and other Waterloo and Iowa locations.  Your book made me both laugh and cry.  What an amazing story.  I will definitely recommend this book to others.  Thanks!

Reviews are coming in!!

but they call me SonnyNew reviews for …but they call me Sonny

I purchased this book and read it on my Nook. Pam’s book was so good that I didn’t want to put it down. If you are from the Waterloo, Iowa area you will enjoy this book immensely. There are so many places in Waterloo and Iowa mentioned in the book. You not only enjoy the story of Sonny but you can relate to many of the places he ventured to. This book made me both laugh and cry. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about love, life and the personel journey to find a lost loved one. Becky,FL

I can’t wait for Christmas because this book was number one on my xmas list. I can’t wait to read it. Pam is from my home town and i know she did alot of research on this book. I love none fiction and from what I’ve been told from other people that have read it this book should have a five star rating. Roma Jean IA

I loved this book. I felt like I was on the journey with Sonny. A must read.  Bobette, IA

More reviews to follow…


…but they call me Sonny Book Give-Away Contest


Hi Fan’s of Author Pamela A. Clark. In the spirit of the holidays, she will be giving away 3 Signed soft covered copies of her book …but they call me Sonny to those who will provide 10 likes or 10 Shares of this page to their friends. The …mechanics are very simple:
-Give us the Facebook names of the 10 friends shared who liked our page. This is for us to verify whether that said friends were able to visit our page and hit the like button.
-Once verified, we will be announcing the names in our FaceBook page those will be part of the raffle.
-Author Pam Clark will be the one to draw the names of the winners and will be posted on the Facebook page.

Happy Holidays

…but they call me Sonny

This real-life epic unfolds while the world strains to endure hard times.  Times so tough they named it; we call it The Great Depression.  Of all the books written but they call me Sonny shines light on an era where others veil what went on in a sepia persona.  Live life through the eyes of a fourteen year old boy; one that thinks a shift in the economy might just be an improvement.  After all, how bad can it be?  To him it just means if you lose it, that you were lucky to have had it in the first place.

Cast out and left to fend on his own, he must decide which direction to go.  But then revealed is a secret; one so great it sets him on a journey that takes him to all but two of the forty-eight states in the Union. Life now his school, what twist of fate forces him to live life on the outside. Each chapter presents new adventures and new encounters.  A book filled with distinct personalities that present new challenges.  Travel through a period where tens of thousands are on the move to find a better life.  That is, all but one; Sonny isn’t looking for a better life…he’s looks for the life he was born to live.

The author wrote this book in three parts, with each chapter divided into subsections.  This makes for an easy read, and conforms to a busy life-style.  Walk down a road with Sonny; kick a rock along the way as you look out to find nothing but dirt and sagebrush.  Laugh with him in good times.  Cry with him when times get rough.  Be there when he falls in love.  …and share with him what it means to become a man.