Hi, Pamela! It's so great to welcome a fellow Harlequin author to my blog - wishing you much success and many sales with your latest release, IN EMMYLOU'S HANDS! Let's get started with my questions...
1.) What did you want to be when you grew up?
My dream was to become either an archaeologist or an astronomer. Digging around in the dirt for hidden treasures was a daily pastime—and the treasures were usually interesting rocks (Would you think I’m weird if I told you I still have some of them in a paper sack in my attic?). Maybe that’s why I enjoy gardening now. I’m still digging around in the dirt and finding treasures, but now they’re the blooming kind. I’m also still interested in astronomy. We have a rather large telescope and were active in the local astronomy club until it disbanded.
2.) Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
COFFEE!!! Immediately after I get up. Black. Bold. Mmmmm!
3.) What genre do you typically read? Why?
I typically read women’s fiction. I love to get caught up in a story about a woman who finds her own way against the odds, one who finds her inner strength and prevails against whatever life throws her way. Those stories broaden my knowledge of other cultures or other situations. They deepen my spiritual connection with women everywhere.
4.) Share a favourite childhood memory.
I was 8-years-old, and the movie Jack the Giant Killer was showing at our local theatre. My best friend (whose name coincidentally happened to be Jack!) had seen it and proclaimed it the Best Movie Ever. Magic and adventure and an evil sorcerer—the movie had everything I loved in a story, and I wanted to see it so badly it hurt. But the days passed, and I didn’t get to go. Both of my parents worked, but often there was no extra money or no extra time.
The last day the movie was showing, Daddy came home from work early in the middle of the afternoon and took me to the movie!
Fifty-four years later, it’s still one of my most cherished memories.
5.) Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
::Sigh:: Hi. My name is Pamela and I’m a shoe-aholic. Love, love love shoes! I’m to the point in my closet that I have to get rid of shoes to make room for more.
6.) What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
The biggest challenge for me is tuning out the voice of self-doubt. Like most writers, I suffer from the This-is-a-load-of-crap syndrome. I get half-way through, and I start thinking it’s the worst thing I’ve ever written and that nobody is going to want to read it—every, single time. AUGH!
7.) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
I aim for 1000 words a day. Sometimes I hit it and sometimes I don’t. I’m a slow writer—too many years as an English teacher developed a strong internal editor—but I write very clean first drafts.
8.) What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Writing a series is a hoot! You get to create a place that you love and populate it with all kinds of quirky people. You’re allowed to spend as much time there as you want, come to know the people, become their confidant, and eavesdrop on their most private moments. You learn the desires of their hearts and give them the perfect happily-ever-after. Writing a series is the perfect job for a writer.
IN EMMYLOU’S HANDS Back of Book Blurb
Will his secret be safe?
Sol Beecher returned home from serving in Afghanistan a changed man. Closed off, he hasn't opened up to anyone in years, and he certainly has no intention of doing so with EmmyLou Creighton. She, however, seems determined to get under his skin…and into his bed. Any other man would be thrilled to have the enticing EmmyLou pursue him, but a relationship with her means exposing his prosthetic leg. They're thrown together at every turn, and keeping the truth from her becomes increasingly harder—as does hiding his attraction. How can Sol trust his biggest vulnerability with someone who's obviously hiding her own secrets behind that alluring smile?
Pamela Hearon grew up in Paducah, a small city in western Kentucky that infuses its inhabitants with Southern values, Southern hospitality, and a very distinct Southern accent. There she found the inspiration for her quirky characters, the perfect backdrop for the stories she wanted to tell, and the beginnings of her narrative voice. Pamela was a 2013 RITA® Finalist and Maggie Finalist for her first Harlequin Superromance, OUT OF THE DEPTHS (August 2012). Five more Superromances have followed — THE SUMMER PLACE (National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist), MOONLIGHT IN PARIS, HIS KIND OF PERFECTION (2015 Maggie Finalist), MY WAY BACK TO YOU, and RIGHT WHERE WE STARTED.