My recent interview on The Dana Barrett show on biz 1190 AM WAFS.
Lessons learned at home inspire a local lawyer’s first novel.
The February issue of Simply Buckhead featured an article about my book written by H. M. Cauley.
Growing up with a single mom who was a busy criminal defense attorney didn’t endear Sandy Springs’ Jason Sheffield to the law. “For instance, as an 8-year-old, I was taught to answer the phone, ‘Sheffield residence. This is Jason speaking. How can I help you?’” he recalls. “I knew her clients were calling from federal prison in the middle of the night. It made me abhor the idea of becoming a lawyer.”
Instead, after graduating from Clemson University, Sheffield spent five years as an EMT, weighing whether to take on medical school. In 1997, he decided to pursue acting and writing, and followed that path for four years until reality set in. “I was acting full-time but living on very little money,” he says. “I was married and not making it. Then my mother suggested law school, and at the time, I thought it would be helpful in the film business.”
At 29, Sheffield found himself at Georgia State’s law school, taking trial classes, where his writing and acting abilities turned out to be an asset. “I suddenly saw that law was something I could do,” he says, “and when the choice came down to boring civil work or exciting criminal trials, well, it was in my blood. I swore I’d never do criminal defense, but here I am.” …
The Northside Neighbor newspaper recently published the following article by Bill Baldowski about my new book.
Many people turn a hobby into a career, like a gardener who becomes a florist or a cook who becomes so skilled at his craft that he becomes a master chef.
Trial attorney Jason B. Sheffield, a Sandy Springs resident, has taken something of a different path, letting his career guide him into yet another vocation as a published author.
In July the married father of two self-published his first book, which has a rather provocative title, “Son of a Bitch” (Michael Terrence Publishing).
“Actually this novel is about two people, a mother, who is a criminal defense attorney who has raise her son through hard and difficult times, only to see her son also become a criminal defense attorney,” Sheffield said.…
Mother, Son and the Law’s Holy Spirit
I sat down recently with Marcia Jaffe from the Atlanta Jewish Times to be interviewed about Son of a Bitch. We met at the Whole Foods in Sandy Springs and got right to the nitty gritty. Mrs. Jaffe had an uncanny talent for unearthing the core issues presented in Son of a Bitch and pressed me for answers to SOB readers’ most frequently asked questions, in particular, What is true and what isn’t?!
What I found most fun about Mrs. Jaffe’s interview with me (and what she may have found a bit annoying) was getting to know her a bit. (I can’t help it – I love to learn about other people). In short, Mrs. Jaffe has her own very interesting history as a reporter for several decades with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and came across many of the types of unsavory characters Carter Scales met when she was just a burgeoning attorney in the City of Atlanta back in 1979 and the early 80s. I felt a kindred spirit with Mrs. Jaffe and hope to work with her again in the future.
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