HBS Author Spotlight Pam Harstad

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Pamela Harstad – An Author Interview in the HBS Author’s Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Pamela Harstad. She is an inspirational romance writer.

Author: Pamela Harstad

Author Genre: Inspirational contemporary fiction with romantic elements

Website: Pamela Harstad – Inspirational romance writer

Author’s Blog: The Write Inspiration

Twitter: @pjhpjh1

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Amazon Author Profile

Author Description:
Pamela Harstad writes inspirational romance and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When not writing, Pam enjoys traveling, nature, music, and reading. She lives with her husband in the Midwest.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Their Greek Key. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you. I enjoyed writing THEIR GREEK KEY, because it spans from the present to WWII and from Chicago to Greece with a bit of intrigue. So I’ve started my fourth novel, working title, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE, which is set in Florida and Venice, Italy, and also includes some intrigue, heart wrenching emotion and is full of hope. It should be ready for publication June-July, 2018.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I won’t be doing a book signing until next year in Waverly, Iowa, and have done online interviews regarding my novels. As for online contact, see the profile above. I love to hear from readers!

You belong to the American Christian Fiction Writers. Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process? What other writer support groups do you belong too? Do any of the authors bundle their novels together?

ACFW has online courses on various aspects of writing. They also have a loop where writers can ask each other questions. Also, they have critique groups. Some of the courses touch on marketing, but publishing is up to the author. I also belong to several groups on Goodreads that are author related. And yes, some authors bundle their books for sale.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

A few giveaways have been run on one of my Amazon E-books. It is always good to have exposure so one’s books may get into the hands of readers who might enjoy them. There were no obstacles.

How do you start your book launch process for a new book? Give a brief outline of the steps you go through to get your book to market. What methods were the most successful?

After critiquing, beta readers and editing, the books are listed on social media before the release date by at least one month. My books are pre-orderable. A combination and balance of these elements are necessary to create a successful launch.

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

Inspirational, contemporary fiction. There are many online groups dedicated to inspirational fiction.

How do you manage your plots, characters and timelines to keep your stories going? Do you use any software to keep track of your books?

I use Excel to create a template where I can map out scenes, main action, point of view, goal, conflict, and the sequel. The characters and their arcs I fit into the plot of the book and also the timelines, without writing them out as I do the scenes.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

My readers mostly come from social media contact. I keep in touch by blogging on my Facebook author page and my WordPress blog. My blogs also connect to my Amazon profile page and my Goodreads author profile.

Being a self-publisher myself, I have to ask this question. How does doing everything yourself work out? Do you outsource much of the process?

I write my novels in Microsoft Word, according to general guidelines for a manuscript. Ebooks are formatted by Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Publishers have slightly different criteria for how they want manuscripts formatted, so those are used for submission. I do no outsourcing.

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them?

I use social media to market, and mainly rely on my reading audience to supply reviews.

Author’s Book List

Their Greek Key
Abandonment. Trust. Intrigue. A complicated past and present span from Chicago to Greece.

Connie Pappas has a lifetime opportunity to leave Chicago and design fashions in New York when the love of her life returns, and spins her world around.

For Nick Kanelleas, all that remain are two pendants from his deceased father and uncle, who were abandoned. He follows their mystery, but he also wants business success. He reconnects with Connie when he renovates her father’s restaurant, but past issues and new conflicts arise.

Connie questions Nick’s business transactions. His job leads to problems at the restaurant, and his own future.

Will Connie move to New York and leave Nick when trust affects their relationship? Will Nick pursue Connie if she can’t trust in him? From Chicago to the Aegean, will their faith be strong enough to overcome their difficulties?

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Amazon

HEALING JOURNEY – As a tragic past unfolds, present life is torn apart and the future uncertain.
Tragedy. Devastation. Unanswered questions.

Kate Scott’s proposal from Jake Collins is put on hold when Kate’s mother is injured from a stabbing. Why, before surgery does Kate’s mother tell Kate she must speak to her grandmother?

When Kate comes across her mother’s journal containing cryptic passages, she’s mystified. As a tragic past unfolds, Kate’s present life is torn apart, and her future uncertain.

Will Kate overcome devastating information that will affect her life forever? Can she hope for a future with Jake and turn her life over to God’s will?

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Amazon

Barnes and Noble

ERIN’S MISSION
Nurse Erin Bruns is compelled to leave the clinic for a medical mission, but family challenges erupt, including an estranged father and issues regarding her heritage and background.

When Doctor Tyler Kendrick is hired, he is promised and insists on a full, experienced staff since he knows what can happen without one, as he harbors a secret deep inside.

Can Erin overcome more family turmoil and can Ty surrender control of his career plans when they take an unexpected turn? Will Ty and Erin be able to let go and let God, to have a relationship?

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Amazon

Barnes and Noble

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1 comment:

  1. Pam Harstad November 10, 2017 at 6:36 AM

    Thanks for inviting me to your blog today.

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LEGACY LETTERS

You’ll notice the blank page notebook above, for two reasons. Read below for the first.

In a previous blog, I mentioned everyone has a story to tell. While most people don’t want to write a book, they can share their wisdom, history or more, through legacy letters.

Although I’ve heard of grandmothers writing their personal thoughts to children and grandchildren, I hadn’t realized legacy letters were such a big commodity until I received an invitation from a local writer’s group to attend a workshop.

I researched legacy letters online and found many are creative as well, with drawings, and some even used colored pencils to highlight passages, for Bible journaling.

So if you have any information or opinions regarding legacy letters, I’d love to hear it. Please feel free to leave a comment.

The second reason for the blank page, is because it won’t be that way for long. I’ve finally plotted out another inspirational, fiction novel.

The current working title is AS WE FORGIVE THOSE. It is set in south Florida and Venice, Italy and involves a few tough issues in our world, but is a story of hope and empowerment. I’ll update you as I go along. Or pop over and see me at my FB page, Amazon page or Goodreads. As always, I love to hear from readers.

For now, happy reading AND writing,

Pam

http://www.facebook.com/harstadpamela

https://amazon.com/author/pamelaharstad

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13823689.Pamela-Harstad

 

 

What’s your story?

20160525_145545Now that my newest release, THEIR GREEK KEY has been out a month, I’m being asked what I’ll write about next. I had nada, nothing. As you can see from the photo, I’m back to the drawing board with plenty of pens, but a blank page.

I considered writing a new series book from another character in my current book, but wasn’t quite sure about it. So I let the idea go, and figured if I was to write another book, something would come to me in time, although this is about the time of year I like to start writing, after having already mapped out my theme, goals, subject matter and conflicts.

I was resting yesterday, thinking I needed a nap, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, a slew of information about a story idea ran through my head. While it’s far from ready to write, I think it’ll develop.

Sometimes stories come through us, or from us, in our experiences of life or both. Even if you don’t like to write, remember everyone has a story to tell. Maybe you’ll consider writing yours or having another pen your words, because it’s definitely important enough to be told and someone is waiting or needing to hear it.

Happy reading and writing,

Pam

 

 

Chicago Greek Town Inspiration

As I reviewed the comment under my blog title, The Write Inspiration, “experience life, travel, be inspired, write” I thought I might relate a bit of a recent trip.

It’s been a year since I’ve visited the establishments on Chicago’s Halsted Street, so my memory of Greek town had dimmed. Plus, I’ve been to other Greek establishments elsewhere throughout the year.

Since it’s less than a month since my latest release, THEIR GREEK KEY debuted, with the book fresh in mind, I realized upon visiting the Pegasus restaurant, it sported the same blue doors, similar murals on the walls, and a Greek key design railing, all part of the setting for the restaurant in my book. I’d love to take credit and say it was all stored in my subconscious, but I know better. My friend, Gerri Russell, kindly offered to take my picture at the doors.

In any event, it reminded me that if we don’t travel overseas or even to a city a few hundred miles away from home, reading a book, any book, allows us to travel the world when we like. Costs less, too and better than no travel at all, besides the benefit to enjoy a story.

I think that’s one reason summer reads or “beach reads” are especially popular. The weather’s good, it stays light all evening, and it’s a great time to daydream into another world.

Although travel itself can be great, you need some kind of a story to go with it. So please share your comments of recent travel events here, but especially what books you may have enjoyed this summer, so the rest of us might consider them. After all, word of mouth is often the best advertisement. Feel free to share.

As always, happy reading,

Pam

 

The Key to Life is…

What is the key to life? In my newly released book, THEIR GREEK KEY, love is their key. But what encompasses and creates that love? On my Facebook page, I received some replies to “the key of life is…”and I think they’re good ones.

Steve and Joyce Russell suggest “the key to life is to love yourself first.” Without that, you really can’t love anyone else, and without love, hate breeds, life can be lost. Excellent point.

Susan Dailey answered “the key to life is to live simply, so that others might live.” Another great point. If we don’t learn to help or share, which means caring for and loving others, life can be more difficult for some, to say the least.

With these few words from my guest bloggers, the main tenants of our existence is explained. There is tremendous power in words. Experience life, be inspired, tell your stories and write.

New Book Release

TheirGreekKeyKindlePhoto

See the book description for THEIR GREEK KEY, my inspirational novel below, available at

https://amazon.com/author/pamelaharstad

Abandonment. Trust. Intrigue. A complicated past and present span from Chicago to Greece.

Connie Pappas has a lifetime opportunity to leave Chicago and design fashions in New York when the love of her life returns, and spins her world around.

For Nick Kanelleas, all that remain are two pendants from his deceased father and uncle, who were abandoned. He follows their mystery, but he also wants business success. He reconnects with Connie when he renovates her father’s restaurant, but past issues and new conflicts arise.Connie questions Nick’s business transactions. His job leads to problems at the restaurant, and his own future.

Will Connie move to New York and leave Nick when trust affects their relationship? Will Nick pursue Connie if she can’t trust in him? From Chicago to the Aegean, will their faith be strong enough to overcome their difficulties?

Amazon Celebrating Writers

Amazon is graciously celebrating authors all month with their #PoweredByIndie event. When invited to discuss why I became a writer, I gladly accepted the invitation. I realized I wouldn’t be the person I am at all without books, whether reading for information or entertainment. And so appreciating reading, I wanted to be able to share life experiences, travel, emotion and inspiration with a message through writing my fiction novels. I enjoy penning my novels for others to read. And if someone can enjoy them, all the better.So thanks, Amazon for your recogntion.

Authors in the #PoweredByIndie group I recommend is Anna Faversham.

Pamela Harstad

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