I have a new guest author to introduce you to today. My guest today is Pam Marie Thompson and a new friend of mine. Pam and I met in a local writing group and I was immediately drawn into her story! Here she is to tell you a little about herself, her writing, and her new book “Ten Saturdays.” She will be having a book launch at Empire Books and News on Pullman Square in Huntington, WV on July 25th from 2:00p-4:oop.
Q: Who are you?
A: When someone asks: “Who are you?’ the first most reasonable response is your name. Ok, I will bite. Pam Marie Thompson. The thing is, no one is ever only defined by the few words of their name despite genealogy and heritage.
Q: What have you wrote?
A: I am new to the publishing world but I have written all my life on napkins and tables and the back of anything! I should have written every day of my last 51 years because I love it and it simply falls out of me. Instead, I wed, let life spring from my loins and went to work for a local school system.
“Ten Saturdays” is my first and only published work (except for some poems in high school). It is live right now on several sites. Rendered from a writing class, it is a sardonic diary of my attempt and resistance to write a book. Stories spill over every page and the characters jump up from around a writing table and out of my own history. Readers have reported that it is funny. That was definitely the goal.
Q: What is your writing process?
A: My writing process for this work was easy. I wrote every Saturday. Each chapter was constructed immediately after each class session. I do not edit as I go, I simply manage the flow and then I put it away for a day or two and revisit it again to check grammar and continuity. My writing group was immensely helpful with questions of editing and I would emphatically encourage any potential author to join one. For now, I am good at getting things one sentence at a time. My husband teases that my book was written in his car because I am always reaching for some scrap piece of paper so I don’t lose a good sentence when I have one rolling around in brain air.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Ideas are plentiful in my world. I work with special needs children and so my days are full of hilarious anecdotes alongside more meaningful messages. “Ten Saturdays” covered my current events of taking a class at age 50 and of flashbacks that popped up alongside writing assignments and excerpts.
Q: If you could hang out with one author (dead or alive) for a day, who would it be and why?
A: Marie Manilla and I would spend the day together if I could choose one author whose brain I could pick. She beat out Breece D’J Pancake, so it says a lot about her! I love her style, and her crafty use of vocabulary. I feel a kindred sway to her way with wordage! I would crawl up inside her to see how she can brilliantly make a character transition from vain to evil without the reader even suspecting it. She knows how to sneak up on you and I need to know how she does that!!!
Q: Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why?
A: My favorite character does not even belong to me. He is Marie’s. I love Bing from her novel: “Shrapnel“. Bing is so like half of my family members and even though he appears at first to be so closed off and racially affected, he is still a likeable guy which makes you cheer at his redemption. Marie is responsible for my affection for him as well.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: Three new books are in progress as I type. I have to let them come out when they want, so I don’t have any timelines. I am working on a collection of short stories, a novel about a whistle blower and a psychological study of a hypnotist who is not a nice guy! I sorta’ go back and forth on each one and write whatever falls off my fingers. ADHD has been very helpful in that arena.
Q: What book other than your own would you want to see made into a movie? What book do you hope is never made into a movie? Why
A: “Wild Rose: The True Story of a Civil War Spy” would make an awesome film. She was a fabulous little hussy who spied for the South and slept with congressmen for ‘ the cause’. Hiding secret messages in the bun of her hair, she is credited with several Southern victories on the battlefield. She drowned when her boat overturned from the weight of the gold she had sewn into her petticoats. Imprisoned with her young daughter, her life was epic.
I sincerely hope that “Out Of The Dust” never sees the big screen. It is a sweet little Caldecott winner that plays out in poetic stance. Some books are meant to be held like little babies.
Q: What advice would you give to other writers?
A: A writer needs to explore the publishing world before signing anything with anyone. Find out the difference between a subsidy firm, a traditional firm and a self-publishing firm. Don’t get starry-eyed because someone likes what fell out of you. Take your time, use the brain God gave you.
Q: What is the worst writing advice you ever received?
A: The worst advice I ever received was that I should not throw out any part of my writing. Sometimes, you need to do just that exactly. If you are deep in write and it is nothing but wrong, you might need to backspace that puppy and clean slate it.
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