Halo my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat featuring author Pamela Harstad
Having written diaries and journals from an early age, Pam now enjoys writing contemporary inspirational romance with varied themes and settings. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When not writing, Pam enjoys traveling, music, nature and reading. She lives with her husband in Iowa.
Book blurb: HEALING JOURNEY
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?
Why do you write? I feel compelled, driven to write, and I do enjoy it.
What genre are your books? Inspirational contemporary romance, with a bit of intrigue and mystery.
What draws you to this genre? I’ve always liked stories about people and human interest. This includes relationships of course, where the romance comes in. I also like the idea of an underlying theme that speaks to people, one that they can relate to or learn from, which is the inspirational aspect.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book? About four months, but the editing can take another month or two, depending.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I prefer mid-morning to start and sometimes the afternoon.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I don’t watch TV because it’s too distracting and I want to focus and let the words flow as best as possible. I do occasionally listen to music.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? For me, my Facebook page has done quite well. I notified viewers about the upcoming book and had my books pre-orderable. When they are released, those who pre-ordered are grouped together as sales giving a spike.
Any advice for aspiring authors? I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, but it’s true; keep writing. That alone improves your writing, just as exercise keeps you in shape. But belonging to a writer’s group is invaluable for networking and education opportunities. Also, good critique partners are a must.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? She is a social worker and also has the given ability for energy healing through her hands. Yet, she is human and has tough decisions to make regarding her relationship, her mother’s stabbing and a family secret that tears her life apart.
Where do your ideas come from? I do have a good imagination, so if I think “what if?” I can usually come up with something. Also, life events and experiences definitely shape my novels.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? It deals with the tough issues of victimization and some mental health issues, all within the context of an inspirational genre.
Which writers inspire you? Too many to name, of course. But to name a few, Nora Roberts, Veronica Roth, J. K. Rowling, Karen Kingsbury and Susan Wiggs.
What is the current book you are promoting? Healing Journey which was just released May 16, but I also have a book, Erin’s Mission on sale for $0.99 on Amazon as well until May 24.
You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser
A hospital gurney held her mother’s blood-laced body. Adrenalin raced through Kate Scott as she witnessed spasms rip through her mother.
The horrific trembling subsided and Mom opened her eyes. Her usual sparkling, blue eyes lost their shine, but lent the only color to her mother’s pasty complexion.
Kate moved closer and held her mother’s cold, clammy hand. “I’m here, Mom. You’re going to be all right.”
Mom’s breathy rush gave way to pressured speech. “Sure I will. But someone came out of nowhere tonight. He grabbed me from behind. Large hands, a shiny blade. Sliced into me twice.”
Her mouth gaped open. The image sickened her. “Oh, Mom, how awful. They’ll take you to surgery soon and take care of everything.”
“I tried to scream, but he covered my mouth. I couldn’t get a look at his face. Something familiar about him, though. I can’t place it.”
What a shocking, nightmarish blur. Unreal. It couldn’t be. Who would do this? Kate needed to do something for her, anything, but she couldn’t think.
“The police will find him, Mom. Save your strength.”
Her voice stripped down to a murmur. “My hands feel numb.”
The convulsive shaking started again and she tried to warm her mother’s icy hands. She pulled the white blanket up higher near Mom’s neck. Kate’s eyes grew watery and her voice hitched. “There, Mom.”
“I made so many mistakes with you girls over the years. I wish I’d been more open, especially with you. About what happened. Funny how revelations like that come to mind at difficult times.”
What in the world could she be talking about?
Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Kate, the heroine, who deals with difficult issues and must learn to grow, forgive and heal through it all.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Spread enough love and healing to impact many lives.
Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? It is somewhat difficult, because we all have that inner editor on the lookout as we read our work. But it’s also good to have been away from the story so that you can read it with “fresh eyes,” which gives you a different perspective and way to look at your work.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Not to be a quitter. There is great satisfaction in being creative and sending others a message, even through difficult times.
What book are you currently reading or just finished? Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury.
What do your fans mean to you? Everything. I always hope that someone can relate to or derive something from my books.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Thanks to Mercedes Fox and those who took the time to read the interview.
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