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I have one final FABULOUS feature for you until then. And today's featured author is Pamela Beverly! Check out her interview...
CHELLE: Okay, Pamela, you know how we start this off. This can go either one of two ways. LOL!! Plotter or Pantser?
PAMELA: Definitely a fly by the seat of my pants type of writer. I usually know how my story is going to end, though.
CHELLE: Tell us a little about yourself? Who is Pamela the woman?
PAMELA: Friends and family will tell you that I am definitely a Pisces: Moody, sensitive and creative. I do have a sense of humor that I allow out of its cage every once in a while.
CHELLE: No wonder I can relate to you. Yes, I must admit we "Pisceans" are creative. LOL!!! We're not the moody and sensitive ones, it's the others who just don't understand. (**winks**). Seriously, how do you create work/life balance being an author?
PAMELA: Since I am single, I don’t have much of a problem with that except that I have to discipline myself on both issues. Lately, work has been winning the battle although I am working on remedying that.
CHELLE: Describe a day around your house and in your ordinary life where writing is not key.
PAMELA: I spend most of my day after work cooking, running errands when needed and cleaning up the house, catching up on my soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and trying not to fall asleep, lol!
CHELLE: I used to love soap operas when I was younger. My mom used to watch them and I became addicted. Didn't know they still came on. I digress. Anyhoo, most authors have a routine they settle into when they prepare to write. Yet, others toss routine out the window and go with the flow. Tell us about your writing routine.
PAMELA: When I have an idea in my head, I’ll just write it out virtually until I exhaust myself. I sometimes keep a tablet by my bedside because ideas will come to me in my sleep and they’re so fleeting that if I don’t write them down, they might be lost forever.
CHELLE: Pandora or iHeart?
PAMELA: I used to do Pandora; now I do iHeart.
CHELLE: I was the same way until I was introduced to Spotify. What would we find on your playlist?
PAMELA: Pretty much Adele’s 25. I love almost every song on her latest album.
CHELLE: Did you keep a journal or diary as a child growing up? If so, what secret did you not want your parents to read?
PAMELA: I kept a diary when I was in the seventh grade. They probably would laugh because I had a crush on one of my teachers as well as a boy that I nicknamed, Piano Man.
CHELLE: Mmm, I like that name. Sounds mysterious. Speaking of mystery, what genre do you write and why?
PAMELA: I generally write in the contemporary romance category although I have written a fan fiction short story.
CHELLE: What authors have influenced your writings?
PAMELA: The author S.E. Hinton influenced me when I began writing as a child, with her novel, That was Then, This is Now. I wanted to be S.E. Hinton after reading it! I also loved Taylor Caldwell’s The Captains and the Kings.
CHELLE: If you could pair up with another author to write, who would you choose and why?
PAMELA: Don’t think I’m sucking up but actually I would love to maybe collaborate with you someday. If not you, Delaney Diamond. She’s phenomenal.
CHELLE: Wow! I don't think it's sucking up, Pamela. I am honored to hear that. We'll talk after this. (smiles). If your latest release were turned into a movie, what actors would you select to play the starring roles, and what music would comprise the soundtrack?
PAMELA: I would really have to think about that. Maybe Idris Elba could play Frank, my main male protagonist. Keith Urban could be the secondary male character. I have no idea who would be able to play Delilah, the main female character. There’s a woman on the Food Network channel who has a cooking show, Southern at Heart, that could probably play her (laughs). I can’t think of a star in Hollywood off the top of my head that fits.
CHELLE: Two very attractive men. And the wonderful Idris!!! Ahhh...Okay, let me find my fan, it's getting hot in here. Honey, I think most of us authors would be fighting over having that man star in our movies. If only he knew. He'd be richer than richer, cuz he's in hot demand. LOL!!! I've gone way off track here, let's get back. How do you handle writer’s block?
PAMELA: I don’t do much with it, until it passes. I know, that flies in the face of what most writers say you should do. Except there was a time years ago that I took the advice I read once about writing in a genre that you normally don’t write in, which resulted in the two-part fan fiction Western I wrote.
CHELLE: I have never tried that. I usually continue to write, too, but I'll have to try that someday. Mountains or the beach?
PAMELA: I love them both.
CHELLE: Provide one marketing tip for upcoming authors that has worked for you.
PAMELA: Participate in other writers’ blogs. You’ll make a lot of “friends” and you can learn a lot from them although you have to learn how to discipline yourself regarding the time you spend on them.
CHELLE: I agree. If there was one thing you would want your readers to know after reading your works, what would it be?
PAMELA: That I immerse myself in each character and I hope that that comes through when they’re reading.
CHELLE: Pour it all out on the pages. Writers often have to forsake time with friends and family when deadlines are looming, or the creative muse is flowing. What one person has been your greatest supporter on your publishing journey?
PAMELA: Being that I had my novel, Relations, published before I let my family know about it, I was pretty much like a monk. But an earlier manuscript I would have to say is my baby sister, VaLerie. Surprisingly, those men that have read Relations have been very enthusiastic about it.
CHELLE: I'm sure your family must have been extremely proud of you. Pamela, describe your idea of the perfect “me-time.”
PAMELA: Perfect me-time? Sleeping. I don’t get enough of it. I know, that probably sounds pathetic (laughs).
CHELLE: Girl, I'm right there with you. Okay, so I've seen many ways in which we sync. But this is going to be the tell-tale sign for sure. Kobe or LeBron?
CHELLE: Oh well. We'll agree to disagree. LOL!! We live life beautifully inspired here, at The Beautifully Inspired Blog. Leave us with an inspirational post, comprised of three words.
PAMELA: From the song, Mama Used to Say, by Junior: “Live Your Life.”
CHELLE: Alright readers, you heard the woman: "Live your Life!" You only get one, so don't blow it. I love that song by the way. My sons played it last year every time they played some basketball game on their X-Box. Alright people, it's been lovely. I'm so glad you dropped by. I hope you live your life Beautifully Inspired!
Don't forget to pick up Pamela's novel, Relations now on Amazon.
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