My March Spotlight author is inspirational author, Pam Tracy, who also happens to be my good friend and one of my critique partners.
Welcome to Much Cheaper Than Therapy, Pam, and can I ask you to tell readers what makes you unique?
Let’s see. I’m married (ten years) I have one son (age eight). We live in Arizona where I teach college English and my husband is a plumber. My son’s job is making sure the living room is filled Legoes.What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? What is that? Outside of family and church stuff, I love to read. I just purchased a book called The Haunting of Maddy Clare. It was a RITA finalist for best first book. It looked good; it is good. I’m just over halfway through. I also crochet and truly miss doing it since I don’t have much time anymore. Oh, and lunch and a movie with friends is a high point in the year.
Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite is my March 2007 release Pursuit of Justice. Why? From the moment I started it, it felt different – like I’d finally found my voice. Then, it sold to Harlequin. Selling to Harlequin had always been my goal. Then, it finaled in both the RWA’s RITA contest and the ACFW’s Book of the Year contest. I felt like a princess.Tell us a little about your next book . . .
The idea for Katie’s Rescue, the book out in August from Harlequin Heartwarming, came to me at the zoo. I was looking at the black panther that was resting on netting just above my head and an idea formed. By the time I got home, I had my heroine, a daughter of an animal trainer who’d been hurt by an animal and who must come back and save this animal. If not, the zookeeper, who she was falling in love with, would love everything. But, it might be Katie who loses, to fear.Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you identify with the most and why?
They say, write what you know. I’m a teacher, so I really identify with Lisa in my book Fugitive Family. Years ago, a decade really, I had a novella out called Letters to Timothy. I identified with the teacher in that one too. Many of my h and h’s are either being chased or are the cops. I don’t identify with them but even better, I’m fascinated by them.How did you get involved in writing?
I’ve always loved to read. I started writing while in junior high and high school. Then, all my stories had to do with either David Cassidy or the boys at Skateland. In college, I wrote Sci Fi. Then, I took a creative writing course at a community college and persevered.What do you enjoy most and least about the writing process?
- Most: The first 100 pages and the last 50.
- Least: Pages 101 – 249.
Get involved in the writing community. Make friends.What story ideas would you like to explore in the future?
I’m toying with an artist and a cop, I told you I love cops.What has God been teaching you lately?
That he should be, and is, more important than a writing career. Put him first.
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Pam has been writing for many years and the lovely anthology below that includes Pam is from Barbour, one of her early publishers.
Treasure this keepsake collection of nine historical romances. Faced with finding the right fit in life and love, nine young women seek the courage to stitch together romance. But when unexpected obstacles abound, will love unravel before their eyes?
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Raising three sons and running his ranch keeps single dad Jared McCreedy busy from sunup to sundown. Becoming involved with feisty single mom Maggie Tate is not on his to-do list. But he needs her help dealing with his youngest son's learning problem. Like Jared, Maggie doesn't want any romantic complications in her life…especially with a man whose take-charge attitude makes her temper flare—and her pulse race. But the risk of opening her heart is great and she has her daughter to think about. Then again, it is the season for faith and miracles….