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TR: Pamela! I’m so excited you’re here. Your first stop on the tour, and I get to do it. Very cewl!
PF: Good morning, Thomas…I’m excited too :). Thanks so much for having me…
TR: It’s my honor. Now, what do you say we get this train rolling? How did you start your writing career?
PF: Quite honestly, I’ve been writing since I was young. I entered several contests growing up, won many awards, a few were published. I wrote for the yearbook and newspaper in high school and college, but decided to get a business degree in accounting, while minoring in journalism and design. As a graduate student, for fun, I took a creative writing class. Once I did that, there was no turning back!
TR: Got yourself bitten by the writing bug, did you? Okay, let’s hear a bit about you. To start off, tell us about a favorite character from a book.
PF: If I chose a favorite character from any book out there, I would have to say there’s a tie. My favorite book of all time is Charlotte’s Web and I love Fern. There’s such an innocence about her and watching her grow up learning how life really works.
The second would be Travis Thompson, the male main character in Debbie Macomber’s “Morning Comes Softly.” Travis is given his brother’s three children to raise after their death and he has to find a wife and learn to live with four strangers. I love the way he grows as a person, emotionally, spiritually and as a husband and father.
TR: Sounds like two great one to me. Okay – where do you dream of traveling to and why?
PF: Europe. I lived in Germany for two years, traveled some while there, but if I could go back, I’d go to every country over there. The landscaping, the way of life, the views, the weather and more.
TR: They’re all so different than the States, aren’t they? So, does travel play in the writing of your books?
PF: Technically, I should head to Nebraska and actually see what it looks like since my books are set there! I also have characters living in Seattle, but I feel I know what the state of Washington looks like through Debbie Macomber’s books. I have characters living in Texas, but that’s my home state and I know all about that!
TR: Sounds like there might be a book coming out of Texas soon :). Now, who is your favorite author?
PF: Debbie Macomber is my absolute favorite author! Her work has inspired me and helped me grow as a writer.
TR: What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
PR: At first, my husband thought it was a joke. Then all my husband complained about was how much time it took to write something I probably was never going to publish. Now that I’ve published two books, he’s letting me do this as a full-time career.
TR: That’s quite a swing – good for him! What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
PF: I learned that writing is harder than it looks! Putting a coherent story together, keeping characters straight and making it sound legitimate. It’s hard!
TR: Darned right it is :). Who are your books published with?
PF: I put all my work out through CreateSpace.
TR: You mentioned your hubby earlier. Tell us a bit more about your family.
PF: I’ve been married for seventeen years to my high school sweetheart. We have four children, three daughters and a son.
TR: Very nice…Now, I know some folks that have a certain setting they use to write, like listening to music for instance. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
PF: Classical. I open iTunes where I have a playlist of over 200 classical pieces of music, pick a song to start on and I begin writing.
TR: Makes sense. I like classical too. Okay, here’s a curve ball. What was the scariest moment of your life?
PF: I sent my husband off to war in 2004. When he called and said this might be the last time I ever spoke to him, it brought this entire war he was fighting in to life.
TR: I can’t imagine anything scarier that that. So, you said you like Debbie Macomber a lot. What books have most influenced your life?
PF: I read J.D. Salinger, George Orwell, Herman Melville, Ayn Rand and the like growing up. Those are definitely the styles I now know I could never write. That’s why I write what I do!
TR: Some pretty good role models. Now, how do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
PF: No formula, I simply write.
TR: Just wing it, eh? Okay, another curve. You’re a writer now, but as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
PF: A math teacher. I still do!
TR: Good for you! What do you do to unwind and relax?
PF: I play softball and basketball, and swim to relax. Sitting at the beach is also a favorite.
TR: Gotcha. Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
PR: Just put your fingers to the keyboard and go! Don’t give up on your dream!
TR: Simple; just write! At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
PF: In elementary school, but to everyone it was considered a fad. You don’t earn money writing books, I was told!
TR: So much for conventional wisdom. Now that you’ve been published for awhile, describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
PF: Really, really hard.
TR: Hah! I like that. Now, Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
TR: Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
PF: I am an honest, hardworking writer, desperate to share a story. My thoughts, my dreams, my feelings are poured into my work, mind, body and soul.
TR: A great formula for good writing. So, what is something people would be surprised to know about you?
PF: That I do write a series of books under another pen name which I have never openly told to another soul. It’s the exact opposite of what I write under my own name.
TR: Now that’s fascinating. Now I have to figure out how to get you to tell me. Okay, tell our readers, do you have a Website or Blog?
PF: Yep, my home base is http://www.pamelaforeman.com.
TR: Very good. Pamela, it certainly was a fun having you over. I’m going to let you go, so you can get on about the business of getting your book out there. Best of luck 🙂
PF: Thanks so much, Thomas, I had fun too!
That’s a wrap, folks. A bit about the world of Pamela Foreman. Below is the rest of her blog tour schedule, if you’d like to see more interviews, guest posts, and the like. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment on this interview, so you can have a chance to win a free copy of “First, I Love You.”
June 7 – Caitlin Hensley – http://www.authorcaitlinhensley.blogspot.com/
June 8 – Wayne Murphy – http://waynelmurphy.blogspot.com/
June 9 – Charlene Raddon – http://www.charleneraddon.com/
June 11 – Mishael Witty – http://www.wittyonlineeditor.com/
June 13 – Writing Dreams – www.writingdreams.net
June 14 – Brian Bigelow – http://brian-bigelow.blogspot.com/