About Pamela K Witte:
Pamela K Witte is the author of the debut novel Jet Lee Dragon Warrior, a thrilling, magical, action adventure for middle grade readers who love karate-kicking excitement and all around ninja awesomeness.
A former psychiatric nurse and adrenalin junkie, Pamela is really a thrill-seeking kid who never grew up. She enjoys skiing (is a professional instructor), martial arts, yoga, hiking, sailing, exploring and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives and writes in a cabin in the middle of the woods in southeastern New Mexico.
What inspires you to write?
More than anything I love to entertain with my stories. Being able to see one’s self in a character and relating to him or her is a growing experience all children should have. I dream of opening kid’s minds to the joys of reading and hopefully hooking them for life!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am totally a pantser! Writing by the seat of my pants is the way to go, and action adventures are my favorite books to write. I’m always letting my characters lead the way into all sorts of exciting situations. I enjoy creating character sketches and detailed lists of everyone’s likes and dislikes. I find villains especially fun to develop and I like creating them at night when it’s dark outside (sometimes I actually scare myself). When I’m writing emotional pages, I like quiet. But, when the action takes off I love to play my music loud, especially if it makes me feel awesome and exciting.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Because I write by the seat of my pants I have to listen to my characters, and I talk back too. It’s the only way to allow them to lead me into the land of creative discovery where I can take my protagonists on their hero’s journey. Sometimes I write exactly what they want, but every now and again I’ve got to intervene, just to be sure they don’t get too carried away!
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn, learn, learn from anyone and everyone and practice till it hurts. Nobody just up and writes a wonderful novel without learning the art of writing. Just like nobody does surgery without a medical education. While you educate yourself and practice your art surround yourself with likeminded folks, join a critique group, and if you write for kids absolutely join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (best thing a person wanting to write kid’s books can possibly do in my opinion.) Lastly, read anything and everything you can find in the genre you hope to write. Consider reading a part of your education and a time to relax away from your computer. Oh, and be sure to learn all you can about social media. It may seem scary at first, but it’s certainly worth it. And you’ll make lifetime friends and advocates along the way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The publishing world is really tough. It doesn’t matter if you self-publish or go with a traditional publisher, it is hard work and requires patience and perseverance. With my book Jet Lee Dragon Warrior I wanted to experiment with self-publishing. I wanted to learn about the ins and outs of publishing from the ground up. What an enlightening experience, not for the faint of heart! Truthfully, I loved the entire publishing process because was learning something new every step of the way, and I love to learn! If you decide to self-publish, be sure to explore all your avenues. The internet is a fabulous resource. Google away!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing is going in a million different directions with more books about more topics becoming available on so many different platforms everyday. I think the future is exciting and full of opportunities for everyone.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I love to write kis books! Action, adventure, thrillers, suspense, fantasy, and books filled with magic!
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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