My earliest memories are of my grandmother reading to me and my sister. I remember the feeling of accomplishment when I read my first novel, Heidi, by myself. Then there was no stopping me. I read everything I could get my hands on, and was considered a little strange. "Why don't you go out and play?" was the constant question when I was in the middle of The Wizard of Oz, or another fascinating novel.
- How do you begin a novel?
First, for me, comes The Incident. Something startling or unusual happens to a character. Then comes the character. How she/he reacts. And then the plot starts unfolding. I don't make an outline, but compile a list of questions. I have to answer the questions, about the characters and the plot. The questions focus me. Many times I'm surprised. My characters seem to take on a life of their own and do unexpected things. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King said, "If I'm not surprised by what happens in my story, my readers won't be either." I was relieved when I read his remark. I don't work with an outline.
- Do you like epublishing?
Very much. I had one novel traditionally published. There were dry reports that told sales statistics and nothing about or from readers. Now, when I write a novel there is reader feedback. Lots of it! Reviews. Emails. It's almost hard to get in writing time because being an Indie writer is time consuming. We do the writing, pick out the art work for the covers, oversee editing. There are lots of books available, so we do promotions - on our own blogs, and others, on forums, Facebook and Twitter. But the best part of it is that I've made friends who seem to love my books. That makes writing worthwhile. They go out of their way to help me in any way they can. I had help from one reader who took my novels and formatted them for Smashwords. I've had people who volunteered to be beta readers for my next book. I love my readers back!
- Why do Giveaways?
Many writers place ads on Blogs or Forums. Sometimes it's very expensive. Maybe someone will see the ad and buy the book. But for me, I'd rather give away books to people who are interested in reading them. As I stated before, I enjoy the feedback.
- What is your favorite genre?
I don't have one. As long as the book is well written and interesting, I'll read it. I currently have a romance, a paranormal and a thriller at Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. I have been asked for sequels, and have been thinking about doing one for The Necromancer, but I'm just finishing another thriller.
Pam is very generously giving away 15 copies of each of her three ebooks to 15 lucky people!
Winners can choose which format they prefer.
Good luck everyone