Interview with Pam Binder
Interview with Pam Binder
Affaire de Coeur's
March Calendar Girl
Pam Binder is an award winning, and New York Times bestselling author. Pam was the recipient of Romantic Times 2018, Pioneers in Romance award. Pam loves travel, chocolate, and reruns of the T.V. series, The Highlander. A bookseller compared Pam's time travel novels and the way she wove history into her stories, to books written by Diana Gabaldon. Pam writes the Matchmaker Cafe series, and the Immortal Highlander series. Her first fantasy young adult was released in 2018; Grace Logan and the Goblin Bones.
- When you write, do you outline first, or are you a pantser?
I am a hybrid writer. I use the main scene beats in Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey, and Blake Snyder's, Save the Cat. Then I often write a section at a time. For example, if I'm not sure where I want my story to end, I write the last five chapters of the story even before I've written the middle. Each novel for me is different. I like to say, that each story has its own journey.
- What type of characters do you like to create?
I like to create characters that have secrets.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
The Matchmaker Cafe series combines my love of travel, adventure and romance. Each story for my 3 matchmakers rakes them to a new place around the world, where they match couples, and try to find love. I'm also starting a new book series called the Immortal Highlander. Book 1 will be out this spring with the second one to be released in the fall.
- What motivates you for a perfect writing day?
Snow hit the Pacific Northwest in February, forcing everyone to stay home. I loved every moment. It motivated me to start a new series.
- How/where do you get your plot ideas?
I get my plot ideas from asking the question -- what if. What if the snow never stopped falling? What if your best friend was immortal? What if you had a magic touch and could turn everything into chocolate?
- What is the most difficult thing about creating and developing characters?
The most difficult thing about creating and developing characters is their name. Once I have their name right, the words flow. I know when I don't have the name right, because their dialogue doesn't flow.
- What is your favorite thing about being an author?
My favorite thing is creating worlds from the ideas in my head. I used to day dream as a child, now I write.
- How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?
I have a total of eight books that are available. Seven are time travel books, and the eighth is a young adult fantasy that takes place in sixteenth century Ireland.
- Will you be attending any book signings or conventions?
I will be attending the Booklovers convention in New Orleans, May 15 - 18, 2019.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Not mentioned in my bio, is that I'm also a writing teacher. I tell my students to never give up. I also tell them the difference between a published author and an unpublished author, is that the unpublished author stopped writing.
Personal web page: PamBinder.com