Today I’m thrilled to have my friend and fellow historical romance author, Pamela Meyers with me sharing about her new release, Shelter Bay. She has graciously offered a Print Giveaway so stick around until the end!
It’s great to have you here, Pam. How long have you been writing?
I asked for a diary at age 8 and that was the beginning of my desire to write things down. However it wasn’t until I returned to college in my 40s to finish my degree that I was drawn to write, and to write fiction which was a surprise to me.
That’s wonderful! What would you say is your favorite part of writing?
I like the editing phase after the first draft is written. By then the plot is pretty much down and then I go in and embellish, get into the deep POV of my characters and add plot twists that pop up.
Sounds like a great way to tackle a story. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Getting started. It’s hard sometimes to start with the blank piece of paper and get that first line, then the first paragraph, then the first chapter.
I totally get that! Starting a new project can seem daunting! Besides writing, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
I’m very active in my church and volunteer in the church bookstore and also in the home-bound ministry with visits to those members who are unable to attend church. I also enjoy reading, crocheting, and other crafting from time to time. My two rescue cats keep me busy as well.
LOL! I’m sure they do. That’s great. Tell us, why did you choose to write historical romance?
I started out writing contemporary romance but then when a publisher asked me to write a historical romance set in my hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, I switched. Who can pass up writing a story set in her hometown? The area is history-rich and there’s a lot of fodder for a historical author.
Is research something you enjoy? To how much of an extent to you go to find answers?
When you write historicals you always have to research. I love researching my setting because I always learn new things about the area where I grew up. It’s amazing how much I don’t know despite the fact I grew up there. I always have to go to the town library and get on the microfilm of the local paper published during the time of my story. Then I go to the local area museum and go through the materials there, as well as books about the area. When I find an unexpected nugget that I know needs to be included in the story it’s very exciting.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I have one more book in my four-book series to write after this one, which is set during World War I. The next book will be set during World War II. Each of the four books involves the same family, different generations. So far I don’t think I’ll be doing one set in the sixties. But you never know. I am thinking I might switch back to contemporary. I have a story already partially written set in a small town in central Wisconsin I’d like to finish.
Sounds good. Thanks for joining us today, Pam!
Pam has written most of her life, beginning with her first diary at age eight. Her novels include Thyme For Love, Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, Whatever is True, and Safe Refuge, Book One in the Newport of the West Series. Pam resides in northern Illinois with her two rescue cats. She’s an hour or so away from her home town of Lake Geneva, the setting for the series, where she can be found researching and nosing for new story ideas.
Read how God works in the lives of Cynthia Roemer’s characters in her Inspirational, Historical Romance (Prairie Sky) Series.
UNDER THIS SAME SKY ~ BOOK ONE
UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES ~ BOOK TWO
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~ Now for our Giveaway ~ Print copy of Shelter Bay (US addresses only)
Adventure girl, Maureen Quinn, isn’t sure of her life’s direction, but she knows she isn’t cut out to be a bookkeeper. When she suffers a bicycle accident, her long-time crush, Preston Stevens, comes to her rescue. Soon they’re inseparable, and she’s sure he’s the man God has for her.
Unlike his older brothers, who are shackled to desk jobs at their father’s financial services company, Preston yearns to see the world. What better person to do that with than Maureen? But, after being expelled from Yale because of a prank, his dad issues an ultimatum: Enlist in the military or join his brothers in the family business. He signs up with the U.S. Life Saving Service, reasoning the time spent on the shores of Lake Michigan is far better than being stuck in a landlocked encampment. After his two-year stint, he intends to live out his dream of world travel before settling in Lake Geneva. But it isn’t long before life-altering events affect both his and Maureen’s lives forever.