– Pam Champagne
– Brand(s): Where passion and Danger Collide
– Genre(s): Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Paranormal and Erotica
– Publisher(s): Samhain Publishing, The Wild Rose Press and Siren Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- First and foremost read recently published books in your genre. There’s no better way to discover what an agent or editor is looking for. Second, write, write, and write some more. Third, explore various critique groups and join one. Although, it’s scary for an aspiring author to put their work in front of others, there’s something special about seeing your work through others’ eyes.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- I try all avenues. Doing author interviews is my favorite.
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- I discovered writing a book is the easy part of the publishing business. Selling it is an entirely new venture. (Renee note – No joke!)
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- Dawn Keepers, the second book in The Final Prophecy, by Jessica Andersen. This series is fantastic.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- I like print books (hiding my head in shame), but only because I’m of the old school. I do read e-books. Soon, I plan to make the leap and buy an e-book reader so I can hold it as if it were a book. Reading a novel on the computer isn’t much fun.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers and Gypsy Love by Shirlee Busbee. These classics remain my favorites even though I read them years ago. The characters came alive on the page and have stayed in my mind. I’m a Stephen King fan so I’ll add the unedited, uncut version of The Stand as my third choice. Stephen’s unique way with words inspires me to improve my writing with each book.
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- The idea of writing a novel occurred to me when I’d read a story I thought should be told in a different light. Also, I have so many tales to tell.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I generally relax and do nothing until characters start using my head as a playground and my muse nudges me to get back to work.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I don’t talk to my characters, but they jabber inside my brain. They tell me who they want to be and what their story line should be. Like egotistical actors, they get ticked off if I don’t give them the role they want to play. If this happens, my writing can be blocked.
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Join me next week for an interview with Pat McDermott.