Please welcome Pamela Tracy to my blog today. Pamela is part of the Craftie Ladies of Romance blog which can be found at http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/. It has been fun getting to know the ladies there. I love all the Love Inspired ranges and Pamela's new book that is coming out soon looks like another great book.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure, my favorite thing, talking about myself :) I am married, a mom (son in kindergarten), a teacher, and reader. I'm one of those people who over-extend.
2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
Many. My first favorite was a little Golden Book about mothers. From there I went to the Betsy books, onto the Ramona books, onto Little House on the Prairie. I devoured Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Anne of Green Gables. I was Nancy Drew, Meg, Donna Parker. The great Phyllis Whitney did a YA series, and I loved it. (Jenny Here I use to get 20cents for pocket money and thats how much the little Golden Books cost. I use to buy them to read. Have to say I loved Donna Parker too.)
3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
It changes. Right now I'm into paranormal cozies, but throw me a good faction book (Water for Elephants) and I'm thrilled. I've started keeping track of what I'm reading. This year, I have three favorites. Home by Julie Andrews. The Graveminder by Melissa Marr. And The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey with the long N last name. I've started keeping track of what I read. It's eye-opening.
4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
Probably Judy Blume more than anyone because she wrote about real issues.
5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I've always known, I think. In second grade, the public library would only let children check out six books at a time. My mother would take me, and soon she realized that she'd be taking me every week if she didn't think of something. So, she got her first library card (My parents weren't readers. Mom not at all. Dad read the newspaper and his religious books). Dad said that when I was about three I handed him a piece of blank paper and a crayon and told him to write words. He did. Then, I, who couldn't read, made up a story for him.
6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I purchased a computer from Montgomery Wards. I started writing a Star Trek. Then, I took a creative writing class at the local community college. From that class, a critique group formed. I found Romance Writers of America. I read books on how to. I attended meetings, workshops, conferences. It took me four years.
7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
LOL. I am an English professor, and I love it.
8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I crochet. I write puppet plays for my church and I teach the 4-6th grade Wednesday Bible class. I love to go out to lunch, especially with my best friend Harlequin American author Cathy McDavid.
9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Jenny, I'm expecting you to invite me to Australia. (consider yourself invited.)
10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Jimmy Carter - to discuss honesty in office.
Colin Firth - to listen to his accent and ask about the King's Speech
Cathy McDavid - my best friend and she'd manage to keep the conversation lively with Colin and Jimmy because I'm shy.
Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
My next book is called Once Upon a Cowboy. It's an August Love Inspired Romance release. It's about Joel McCreedy, a prodigal son, who returns home after an injury causes him to lose everything. His older brother is not welcoming. It's about Beth Armstrong, who loved him from afar back in high school. But not only is Joel's only goal to return to the rodeo, but there's also Beth's mother who is all about 'having a plan'. Beth has always been the good daughter, and clearly Joel leans to the 'bad boy' scenario. When he returns to Christ, Joel suddenly realizes what he's been missing. But, can he have the rodeo and Beth both?
Here's my website. Jenny, thanks so much for having me.