Friday, November 11, 2011


The winner of Thyme for Love is Aly Logan! Congrats!


 
Thyme for Love

by
Pamela S. Meyers



I welcome Pam Meyers to my blog today. Her first book, Thyme for Love, published by OakTara will be released this Monday, November 14. She has taken the time to answer some questions about her book and the writing life.

I am also giving away a copy of Thyme for Love. The last day to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing will be next Friday, November 18. A few things to remember:

- Don't forget to leave your email address.
- If you subscribe today to my blog, via Feedburner, or are a current subscriber, I will put your name in twice. Mention both in your comment.
- If you win, I must hear from you within seven days or I will draw again.


Give us a little preview, Pam, of Thyme for Love.
April Love has always dreamed of being a chef. When her Aunt Kitty hears of a in-house chef position for a non-profit organization housed in a lakeshore mansion next door, April returns to Canoga Lake, Wisconsin, where she’d spent many summers growing up, to apply for the job. When she discovers her former fiancé Marc Thorne working there, she wonders if this position was really God’s intention for her. After all, Marc all but left her standing at the altar to chase his own dreams in California. It doesn’t take long to realize Marc is hiding secrets and despite returning feelings for the man, April determines she will not make the same mistake as she did eight years earlier. But when their boss is found dead and Marc is framed for his murder, April has no choice but to turn sleuth to keep Marc from being accused of a murder he didn’t commit.


What made you want to write this book?
I’ve always loved romance and mysteries, and decided to write a story that married the two elements together. I grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and have always been fascinated by the many 20th Century mansions that dot the lake’s shoreline. I toyed with the idea of setting the story in one of those homes, but decided to create a smaller lake and village just to the east of Lake Geneva to gain more freedom with some of the details of the story and its characters. I loved having the area located close enough to Lake Geneva that April and Marc could go there for a meal at one of the actual restaurants. I also gave them backgrounds that involve working on Geneva Lake as many college students do during the summer months.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?
In one way or another I’ve always written almost since I could hold a pencil. When I was eight years old I asked for a diary for Christmas and I wrote in it at different times of my childhood. I still have that little book and it contains bits and pieces of my life from age eight until sometime in high school. Even into my adult years I’d journal from time to time, but never thought of turning that “need” to put words to paper into a career until years later. While completing my bachelor’s through an accelerated adult program, one of my professors suggested I could make a living writing. I published several magazine articles, but as the hankering to write stories grew stronger, I began taking fiction writing classes. At a local writer’s conference a multipublished author suggested I could turn one of my short stories into a novel. That was all I needed to hear. I soon joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) while the organization was in its infancy and through their writing courses and conferences I continued to grow in the craft.



Have you written other novels besides Thyme for Love?
Oh yes. My first novel which I would classify as a women’s fiction languishes in my computer at the moment. Authors very seldom publish their first written work as that often turns out to be a practice project. The storyline still resonates with me and I’d love to one day pull it out and rework it. There are a couple other stories that will probably never see the light of day. I’m very excited to have a novel set in my hometown of Lake Geneva, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, coming out in June 2012 from Summerside Press. It’s a 1933 historical romance, and I had a blast researching for the story.


Do you have any plans for a sequel to Thyme for Love?
I’m so glad you asked. Thyme for Love is part of a three-book series called “On the Road to Love.” Books 2 and 3 involved April and Marc, and both are set in Canoga Lake. In Book 2, Love Will Find a Way, April moves into an old Victorian home with plans to turn it into a restaurant and catering business. It isn’t long before a discovery made while they are renovating the home threatens to hijack plans for the grand opening. In Book three, Love’s Reward, April and Marc’s wedding plans are in full swing, until it becomes apparent there is someone who doesn’t want them to marry.


How do you get your story ideas?
There’s an old adage to write what you know. I might add to that, to always keep your eyes and ears open for a possible story line. That first novel I wrote was sparked by something someone said to me when she showed me a picture of my great-grandfather’s grave. My Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin story grew out of wanting to know the history behind the beautiful lakeshore recreational building that has become an icon of the area. Just today a newspaper article sparked an idea I’d like to develop into a proposal.


What is your daily writing routine?
My best writing time is morning, but I’ve had to make myself work outside the box at times when that kind of schedule doesn’t work. Since I am a morning person, I find it best to set my alarm as if I’m going to work. I get up at 5:30 and spend at least an hour in my Quiet Time with God. Then I try to walk daily for exercise before settling down in my home office to write. I recently converted unused space in my dining are into an office and that has helped tremendously with getting the sense of “going to work.” This helps me stay on task. Too many years actually working Monday through Friday probably contributes to that. On days I have an obligation away from home in the morning, I have had to force myself to be creative in the afternoon and early evening. I think as I start working on deadlines more and more that’s going to be essential.


What advice do you have for new authors?
Persevere, persevere, and persevere. I started out aspiring to be published in novel writing more than ten years ago. I had the raw ability and desire to write, but that skill had to be trained and honed, much like a young colt has to be trained. I have learned that writers need to develop what we jokingly refer to as rhino skin and also we need a positive teachable attitude. Join critique groups, take writing courses, attend writing conferences where great teaching occurs and you’ll have opportunities to meet with industry professionals and pitch to editors and agents. ACFW has a great yearly conference ever September that is for fiction writers only. I cannot tout ACFW enough. It is a must organization to join for anyone who writes fiction from a Christian point of view.


When you aren’t writing, what fills your days?
I volunteer at my church in the multicultural ministry, helping Japanese women learn to speak English and lead a women’s small group Bible study. I’m also chapter president of my local ACFW chapter which meets monthly. Also, I enjoy reading (surprise, surprise) and movies. Love to cook and find new ways of making things. You’ll find an adaptation of a recipe someone gave me called Chicken George at the back of Thyme for Love. I loved having April prepare it in the novel, and look forward to experimenting with more recipes for the sequels.

Thanks, Pam for stopping by.

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20 comments:

  1. Great interview! Would love to win a copy of Pam's book!

    lyndaschab at gmail dot com

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  2. Nice interview, Pam and Tammie. Makes us want to jump in the van for a road trip to Wisconsin! Hope the sales go well for you.

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  3. Thanks for the opportunity. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Congrats on your debut! Pam! It sounds like a tasty story and I look forward to the chance to read it

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  5. I just subscribed to your blog.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. You need to dig out those other stories and bless us with them as well. Best wishes on this wonderful story, Pam.

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  7. Nice interview, Pam and Tammie! Thanks for sharing about Wisconsin.

    Lisa Lickel.com

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  8. I am subscribed to Feedburner, and I'd love to read this book.
    andantespirit08@gmail.com

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  9. Sounds like a great book, Pam. I'd love to win a copy and add it to my collection of books by authors I know.

    Suzanne
    shartmann5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Tammie and Pam,

    What a super interview! I learned a lot about you, Pam, and Tammy, I subscribed with Feedburner. Please add me to the pool of possible winners :-)

    Blessings,
    Deb

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  11. Hi everyone, thanks for signing up for a chance to win Thyme for Love. If you don't win it, you can order it at either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Note that Amazon has been saying it won't ship for a number of weeks. This is in error and my publisher is trying to get that corrected. Amazon does have the books.
    Thanks for taking the time to read about Thyme for Love.

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  12. Thanks for the chance at winning this book! Sounds like an interesting story. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  13. This sounds like a story I would enjoy reading. sharonalavy[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. I would love to read one of Pam's books. :)

    vernetlh(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Please add me to the list. The book sounds great!
    Salena
    srstormo at yahoo dot com

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win Pam's book. :)

    Ann_Lee_Miller[at]msn[dot]com

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  17. Thyme for Love sounds like an awesome start for a romantic mystery series. Please include me in the drawing!

    I'm a subscriber via Feedburner.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  18. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  19. I follow via Feedburner.

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  20. Thyme for Love sounds like a fun read
    in a great setting. Thank you for taking
    the time to share about your writing
    life with us, Pam.

    kerouser[at]gmail[dot]com

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