Pam Saylor grew up in the landlocked Midwest, reading books and dreaming of travel. While on a year-long trip visiting nine countries and two continents, she managed to control her Type 1 diabetes and reconnect with her husband. A former paralegal turned contented retiree and travel addict, Pam lives with her husband Dave in Colorado. Pam and Dave are currently busy trying to agree on their next adventure. Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement is her first book.
To see pictures of their year of travel, visit Pam’s website.
What inspires you to write?
After living and traveling around Europe for a year I had so many memories, images and stories that I just started writing. The hard part was the editing and shaping the story.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Frances Mayes, Marlena De Blasi, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Bryson Frank McCourt, Jeanette Walls, Candice Millard, Amanda Coplin. Just anything about travel, biographies, history and lots of fiction
Tell us about your writing process.
I go to the office that I have commandeered for myself and start Alexa playing my favorites playlist and then don't leave the room for several hours, no matter how bad the day of writing may be going. I like to end the session with a list of where I want to begin the next day so I don't start each day "cold".
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Non-fiction but I do listen to the characters (myself and my husband mainly) and try to sink into the day, place and time I am writing about to re-feel old feelings.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't stop. There are 112,000 reasons to stop. Just don't.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first plan was to go with a small, indie publishing house. Because of Covid, I'd begun reading about how the smaller publishing houses were holding off on publishing and cutting back. So I decided to self-publish on Amazon.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Tough. I know many people have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. I want bookstores to survive and I frequent them often but, realistically, the bookstore business is trending towards the biggest seller in the room–Amazon.
What genres do you write?: Travel/ Memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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