“I had little knowledge of what an Imam was or of the Islamic religion in general but something was planted” and she started scribbling down notes.
The scribbling resulted in a novel, released as an e-book this past fall with the paperback due in stores in 2013. “The Imam — Terror Unleashed” is a tale of terrorism in America, written under the pen name K.A. Pierce.
“Some find Piermattei challenging to pronounce,” she explained.
She gives credit to her Shikellamy high school teachers who guided her in forensic debate with preparing her for a future in law, and in writing. “They taught me how to research an issue, structure an argument and to see more than one point of view,” she said.
Piermattei is not worried about how her book will be received in the world at large.
“I am not damning Muslims, either in my book or in general, but I don’t condone the violence that comes with these protests (referring to the violent September protests overseas). In my book, the character of Jamaal represents the minority terrorist faction while Bashir represents the more traditional peaceful side of Islam,” she said.
Piermattei spends her time between Yardley, Pa., and a log home in the mountains near Benton. She and her husband volunteer for both the National Great Pyrenees Rescue, where they help by conducting home visits with those considering adoption, and a bi-weekly rescue transport. The transport relocates dogs and cats from kill shelters to rescues, fosters and adopters all over the Northeast. Piermattei typically helps transport animals from Mount Holly to Woodbridge, both in New Jersey.
She also offers pro bono legal assistance “to friends, a few strangers and a couple of start-up companies in the area,” she said.
As often as she can, she returns to town, stopping in at The Sunbury Sub Shop and the Squeeze-In for the “best food from my childhood,” she said. And she keeps in touch with several of her foster siblings, many of whom contact her mother, at least once a year.
She’s also still writing. “Borderline Business,” the second book in the trilogy, will continue to follow her characters introduced in “The Imam” and focus on the tentacles of a U.S.-based international smuggling cartel. For more information, visit www.kapierce.com.
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