By Deena Adams
Please welcome Love Inspired Romance author, Pamela Desmond Wright, to the blog this week. Pamela’s debut novel, The Cowboy’s Amish Haven, releases on August 24, and she’s offered a print copy as a giveaway. Be sure to comment on this post by August 24 for a chance to win.
Welcome Pamela! Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I was born in a small town in Texas and come from average folks. I’m so unremarkable that I’m not even listed in the phone book. (Ok, I am but no one ever calls my land line…)
How and when did you start writing?
I started writing in my early twenties. I am now past middle age, so it’s been quite a while.
How many unpublished and unfinished manuscripts do you have?
A couple. I never waste time writing a book I can’t sell.
Sound like a good plan! Why did you decide to write romance novels? What unique challenges does writing a romance present?
I think everyone enjoys a good love story with a happy ending. Heaven knows the world needs more happiness and I like contributing to that. The challenge is that I have never been married long and never had kids. Everything I know about both is second-hand. That’s where my imagination comes in!
We could definitely all use more happiness these days. And more hope. How do you incorporate Christ and hope into your writing?
Somehow it all works into the narrative in an organic way. I don’t like pounding readers over the head with the gospel and try to work it in so it is natural to the characters and their beliefs.
Are any of your stories inspired by true events or personal history?
While I use bits and pieces of my own life and people I know, most everything I write is fictional.
How long do you spend on research before you begin writing the book?
Research is an ongoing thing with me. When I come to a moment in my writing when I need an answer for authenticity, then I look it up on the internet to make sure what I am writing is correct. With fiction, there is some license to bend facts a little, but I like to stick to known facts for the sake of realism.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I don’t really go by hours but by word count. As long as I get my 500 per day minimum in, I am good. And that usually takes an hour. Some days I manage a lot more, but since I work a real-life job, my time is not always my own.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
When it is going well, about three months. When it is going badly, 23 years and counting, LOL
Oh, man, twenty-three years is a long time! Do you have hobbies you enjoy? What do you do for fun?
I ride motorcycles to relax, weather permitting. I also do needlepoint.
What does your writing space look like?
I took two cheap Walmart writing desks and bungeed them together to create one large desk and fit them into a corner, so I have a nice space to work in. Using other pieces of old furniture I created a place for my printer, too. Everything is pretty much second hand, but as a minimalist I don’t mind using recycled things.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Always, a writer. That’s it.
If you didn’t write, what would you do as a career?
I would have probably become a paralegal or done something in law enforcement.
What did God teach you through the writing of The Cowboy’s Amish Haven?
The Cowboy’s Amish Haven was difficult to write because I had had to go into the hospital before it was finished. I lost my spleen in a freak accident around the house and nearly bled to death. Less than a month later, my oldest brother passed suddenly. I was absolutely lost and questioned why I survived my accident, and he did not. After much soul searching and questioning, I came to the realization that his journey had ended because his story on earth was completed. I survived because mine was not. That is what helped me get through finishing the book.
Wow, I’m so sorry about your brother, and your accident. I can only imagine how difficult that was, and I appreciate your attitude that God determines when our story on earth is finished. What do you hope your readers take away from the book?
I hope they reach the end with happy thoughts and enjoyed the story the characters had to tell.
Which character in The Cowboy’s Amish Haven was easiest for you to write and why? Which character presented the biggest challenge?
They were all difficult, because I am not Amish, I never lived on a ranch, and I don’t know any rodeo cowboys! Somehow it all came together, and I am still scratching my head and wondering how I did it.
Sounds like a fun but challenging story. What was the hardest scene to write?
The rodeo accident that injures another cowboy and ends his career. This gives my heroine the fear that her friend (and the man she loves) might also be hurt or killed when he competes again.
How do you balance writing with your other life and family obligations?
Days off from work are also days off from writing. I put the book aside and take care of things I have let slide during the week.
What’s next from you?
Harlequin just contracted two more books in a new series, tentatively titled, “Humble Blessings.” I’m halfway through book one now.
Congratulations! Any last words for your readers?
I hope readers enjoy my debut and I love hearing from readers, so drop me a note!
Congratulations on your debut release, Pamela! And how exciting that your two-book series has ben contracted. Thanks so much for sharing about your writing with us.
Join the conversation. Do you enjoy reading Amish romance? Does the fact there’s a cowboy involved sound interesting to you?
The Cowboy’s Amish Haven by Pamela Desmond Wright
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Her home and her heart are on the line…
On the same day Gail Schroder’s faced with losing her Amish family ranch, her old crush Levi Wyse shows up on her doorstep. He doesn’t know that when he left ten years ago he’d taken Gail’s heart with him. Now Levi’s her only hope of keeping a roof over her head. But can this cowboy teach Gail the ropes in time to save her home?
Pamela Desmond Wright grew up in a small, dusty Texas town. Like the Amish, Pamela is a fan of the simple life. Her childhood includes memories of the olden days; old-fashioned oil lamps, cooking over an authentic wood-burning stove and making popcorn over a crackling fire at the cabin owned by her grandparents. She also loves needlepoint and has dozens of projects to work on! Someday, she hopes to move into van life, living on the road as a traveling writer.
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If you missed last week’s interview with Shelia Stovall, find it here.