Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Celebrate 2015: Pamela DuMond (Day Four) (Interview + Giveaway)

Barnes and Noble (Nook):  Pam's books on Nook



The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One)


“All the excitement of Outlander if it was a YA.” (Ya Time travel thriller with romance.)


Publishing in 2015… The Assassin (Mortal Beloved, Book Two)


Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1)


“Two princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter.” (Rom-com.)


Publishing in 2015… Part-time Princess Takes No Prisoners (Ladies-in-Waiting, #2)


The Story of You and Me (Driven, #1)


"...by far one of the best books I have read...after Beautiful Disaster..." (NA sweet love story.)


The Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mysteries:


A baker with a pinch of psychic ability must solve the murders of ghosts who nag her incessantly.


Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (#1)
Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails – A Novella (#2)
Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (#3)
Cupcakes, Paws, and Bad Santa Claus (#4)
The Annie Graceland Mystery Series Box Set (#5)


Coming soon… Cupcakes, Diaries, and Rotten Inquiries (#6)


Staying Young: Simple Tips and Techniques to Look and Feel Younger


Easy, inexpensive stretches and strengtheners to look and feel younger.


You are giving away (state below):


1 e-book copy of Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1)
1 e-book copy of The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, #1)
1 e-book copy of The Story of You and Me (Driven, #1)
1 e-book copy of Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (#1)


Interview:


Thanks for being here!


Thanks for having me!
Why did you become an author?

I’ve always written. I just didn’t know what area I should concentrate on. I read a couple of really funny mysteries and thought – ‘Hey, I can do this!’ So I did. Then I branched into YA and romance, which I love as well.


What is your favourite book and why?


My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s gorgeous. Just heart-breakingly romantic, to-die-for, gorgeous!


Please list three things your readers don’t know about you


    1. Growing up I was always ‘Daddy’s Girl’. My mom recently passed away. Because we had a more difficult relationship, I realized that Mom and I earned all the love between us. I miss her terribly.
    2. I love dogs and cats equally, but let’s face it: cats are easier to take care of!
    3. My brother ruined the whole Santa Claus thing for me when I was five-years-old. BROTHER: Do you really think some fat guy in a red suit squeezes down the chimney and drops off presents? It’s Mom and Dad, stupid!” ME: Wah!


What does writing mean to you?


The world. I love creating stories for people. I feel like I inhabit them myself when I write them, and love my characters like they are my real-life friends.


If the world blew up, and you were the only person left, what would you do?
Swim in the warm Caribbean sea every day. Scour the earth’s remains for books.


Do you get writer’s block, and if so how do you deal with it?


I usually only get writer’s block toward the end of a book. I try and plow through. Or, I’ll write on a different story. I’ll do something like re-format the fonts. I exercise a lot, which helps blood go to the brain.


Please tell the story of your writing journey- how you started, getting published.


I wrote and wrote, but didn’t know where best to put my efforts. I discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story and pitched it to a production company. It became a hit movie and received 4 Academy Award nominations. I took classes to learn how to write screenplays and wrote a bunch of scripts that went nowhere.


Frustrated, I turned to writing my first novel – Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys. I queried dozens of agents until I found a lit agent at a great agency who loved the ms. She shopped it until she was fired. At that point the agency fired me because my ms hadn’t sold yet.


I was devastated. A friend took my book to a very small publisher. He loved it and published it late 2010. It did great. Readers wanted the next in the series. I wrote and self-published Cupcakes, Sales, and Cocktails – A Novella.


I wrote The Messenger – a YA time travel romantic thriller. Again, I shopped it to lit agents, but no one wanted it. I self-published Messenger and it grabbed the attention of an Entertainment Manager. That book has now been optioned for film and TV.


I’m self-publishing all my books now. I might want a lit agent in the future if I decide that I’d like to attempt traditional publishing again. Never say never!


What would your job be if writing wasn’t an option?


Chiropractic! I still practice Chiropractic and I love it.


What do you do when you’re not writing?


Hah-hah! When is that?  I love working out, reading, playing with my cats, hanging with my friends. I’m still unpacking from all the moves I made in the past couple of years.


Where do you find your inspiration for writing?


Emotions. People – the good, the bad, the funny. I love writing humor. Everything I write has humor in it.
(plus 5 questions (unique) submitted by fans. :D)
Thanks for coming. :)

Thanks for having me here!

Writing advice: Write what you love. Write every day. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do this.


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