Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Pamela Desmond Wright
Pamela: Thank you for the welcome. I appreciate you hosting me. The Cowboy's Amish Haven was inspired by a country song by George Strait. At the time, I had no idea, really, where it might go. I was sort of thinking Harlequin. But since I'd never been able to sell anything there before, I wasn't holding much hope. However, when I signed with my current agent, she knew exactly that it belonged with Love Inspired. Within a few months of submission, the book had sold.
LM: What is your writing process like, and how much research was necessary for this story?
Pamela: I usually do a complete synopsis/outline so I can get to know the characters and the plot. Once I have that on paper, I do a few chapters. Usually, it takes several rewrites for me to get the opening of a book right. As for the book. My hero is a bronc rider. And although I was born and raised in Texas, I was never much of a rodeo girl! I had to learn all about the sport. Never knew there was so much involved to getting on a wild horse! Quite eye-opening.
LM: What is your favorite aspect of writing?
Pamela: It's an escape from my own dull life. Like most people, I work and take care of family. You can
LM: What do you do to prepare for writing? (e.g., do you listen to music, set up in a certain area, etc.)
Pamela: I usually write in silence, though sometimes I will put on music or a television show if the words just aren't coming. I have a dedicated office area where I can focus. My space must be small and closed in and my screen must be extra large. No way I could write on a laptop in a coffee shop, LOL
LM: You were out of the publishing arena for over seven years. How had the industry changed while you were gone? How had it remained the same?
Pamela: Most everything involved with book production has stayed the same. What has changed is promotions. Social media plays such a large part in marketing nowadays. I can see how Twitter or Facebook can help connect an author to their fans, and I am trying to learn to use it in a productive way.
LM: You’ve accomplished quite a lot. What is one thing you wish you could do?
Pamela: Fly, LOL. Seriously, I wish I could go back to writing full time and give up the night job. Praying I can do that someday!
LM: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer to fledgling writers?
Pamela: Pursue your passion. One of the mistakes I made as a writer was to chase the market. Whatever my former agent said was selling, I'd write it. And she'd sell it. But there came a point when I realized I did not enjoy writing in those genres. Writing had become a drag and I just didn't like the books I was putting out. After leaving that agent, it occurred to me I could write what I enjoyed, whether or not it was something editors were looking for. Thus began my foray into Amish romance.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
About The Cowboy's Amish Haven:
Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/u/3LwAd0
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