I pray that your month is going well and that you are finding time to read and relax each day. Today I'd like to introduce you to a new author, Pamela S. Meyers.
Welcome, Pamela. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I always made up stories for my paper dolls and had them act out the storyline. I was a voracious reader as a child. My mom loved to read and she passed that onto me. I always have had the need to write things down, asking for a diary at age 8, but it wasn’t until I returned to college and an accelerated adult program that required papers to be written for each class instead of tests that I realized how much I enjoyed writing. As an elective I took a creative writing class, and that was the trigger I needed to write fiction.
I forgot about playing with paper dolls. I used to make up stories for them as well. :) What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
It’s hard to say I have one favorite verse. There are many that I return to, which one depending on the current circumstances. I do turn to Phil. 4: 5a-7 The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I include v. 5a because its important to know God in near in any situation and because He is, we can have peace no matter the circumstance. This verse has helped me so much with keeping calm no matter what is going on.
Thanks for the reminder. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
The novella collection for Coming Home—a Tiny House Collection came about during an online discussion my writing group was having and someone said we should all get together and do a novella collection. One of the authors mentioned she’d been working on a story with a tiny house in the story and we all jumped on the idea and the collection came together in the snap of a finger. Some wrote their story from scratch and others of us pulled out a manuscript that had never seen the light of day and adapted it to the theme. I had been involved in a novella collection proposal several years ago that was never accepted by the publisher. The setting for that collection was Madeline Island, an island that is part of the Apostle Islands up in Lake Superior, right off Wisconsin’s most northwest point. Directly across from the island is Bayfield, WI and a ferry runs to and from Bayfield to the island on a regular schedule. It’s the only way most of the people who live on the island can get to work or school. I used to watch via webcam as the ferries arrived from the island and a long line of cars would drive off and on their way. A yellow school bus would be there waiting most mornings to take the island children to school. Then other vehicles would drive onto the ferry to go to the island. Delivery trucks and larger trucks were included in that group. I was hooked and really wanted to set a story on Madeline Island. When this novella collection came up, I adapted the synopsis for the novella I’d proposed years ago by adding a tiny house to the storyline and it fit seamlessly as though was meant to be there. The synopsis only needed some tweaking before I could start writing. I’m very pleased with how If These Walls Could Talk came out.
That sounds fascinating. What do you plan to work on next?
I recently received my rights back for Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, which happens to be my hometown. I have been preparing that story to be reissued as Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (the Love Finds You titles are all copyrighted so I had to retitle the book.). I’ve had a new cover designed and the manuscript is now being formatted for both Kindle and print with an anticipated release date of June 1st. After that I plan to start working on the sequel to Second Chance Love, a rodeo romance that came out last January.
You are keeping busy with your writing. That's great. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
The story takes place in January, which is very cold in northern Wisconsin. Most winters the channel between Bayfield, Wisconsin freezes over. The ice is so thick that cars and small trucks can drive on it and that is how people go back and forth from the island to the mainland, usually during January, February and March. Growing up near a lake in Wisconsin I have ridden in a car on the ice and am comfortable doing so. Sometimes you can hear the ice making dull cracking sounds beneath your wheels, which can be very disconcerting if you’ve never done it. Of course I had to have Kia Wikstrom, my heroine drive the ice road if she is to see the house she has just inherited. I loved writing the scene and reading it back.
That definitely seems scary to me. :) How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
All of my stories have a Christian thread. I try to present my Christian characters as normal everyday people who have a strong faith and that faith is woven into how they live and speak. Sometimes they struggle in their faith and at other times they don’t. I write romance, but all my characters come flawed and God shows up as they work out their flaws and troubles. My hope is through story my readers will connect with my characters and their own faith walks, be they strong or maybe nonexistent, will be encouraged and helped.
I can relate. Do you have a way that readers can keep in touch with you?
Available on Amazon in both Kindle and Print versions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946016047
I pray the Lord blesses you and your writing. Congratulations on the new release.