Jeffrey Gardere, PH.D

Jeffrey Gardere, PH.D
Love Prescription

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
March 31, 2003

1. Who is Dr. Jeffrey Gardere?

Dr. Jeff Gardere is a practicing clinical psychologist, radio, TV and talk show host, as well as author of three books, and monthly articles for print and online magazines.

2. What inspired you to write "Love Prescription?"

I was sick and tired of seeing all those intelligent, single women alone, or in one bad relationship after another. I was also getting tired of hearing black men and women complaining about one another, finger pointing all the time. I knew this negative situation had to be addressed.

3. How did you up with the title "Love Prescription?"

I knew that "love" was the answer, not animosity, and anger!

4. Why did you choose to write about the difficulties African-American couple have in their relationships?

For too long, we have addressed the aftermath of slavery and racism being the economic and educational inequities. I thought it was time for us to look at how racism and slavery was affecting our relationships.

5. How long did it take you to write "Love Prescriptions?

I finished "Love Prescription" in about six months.

6. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for about 10 years now.

7. Have you written other books?

Smart Parenting for African Americans, Practical Parenting....with Montel Williams

8. What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

I have disciplined myself to write in any environment Whether it is in my living room with my four kids around, or on the subway.. my schedule is so busy....I write whenever I can.

9. What message would you like readers to receive from reading "Love Prescription?

Work hard on your relationships. Take responsibility for your relationship problems. Be best friends with your partner.