Pamela Crane’s addiction to writing started with a children’s short story competition and a first place win for her fable Weedlia’s Fate. Now, decades later, along with being a wife and mother, she s nurtured her love of writing to build a career as an editor and novelist.
Pamela is a member of the ACFW and EFA, and has been involved in the ECPA, Christy Awards, and Romance Writers of America. Along with delving into people’s minds, she enjoys being a full-time mom and riding her proud Arabian horse when he lets her. She has a passion for adventure, and her hopes are to keep earning enough from her writing to travel the world in search of some good story material.
Visit her website at www.pamelacrane.com.
What inspires you to write?
Personal experiences and real people in my life initially inspired my writing. As I grew as an author, my interest in psychological complexities drove my books, since most of my thrillers deal with psychological twists. Of course, I take creative liberties with my writing, but my stories definitely carry a part of my own life in them.
Tell us about your writing process.
My first step is writing a basic synopsis of the story I want to tell. After this, I write out a chapter outline to help keep me on track during the writing process. My character profiles tend to come together as I write, since I jot down details for each character as I write them. This keeps them consistent. Of course, once the writing begins, the story often evolves and redirects itself from my initial plan, especially as my red herrings and twist endings come to life, but the outline helps in case I have a long period of time between my writing sessions.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I get so involved in the writing process that I don’t take much time to talk to anyone. lol I pretty much slip into a writing trance and don’t come up for air until the chapter is done.
What advice would you give other writers?
Make time to write! This is the hardest part for me as a full-time mother of three young kids, while juggling my job as an editor and maintaining a horse farm. The way I like to make time is to get away for a week just to write. It frees me from all the home distractions and allows me to stay on task and truly sink into my story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with a small traditional publisher (Tabella House) mainly because I work for a big publisher as an editor and saw how little say authors got. Some authors end up with covers they hate or an edit that changes everything. A small press allowed me to have a say in almost everything, and they fronted the costs of the book design and quality editing. While we share the responsiblity of book publicity, every author must carry this weight, so I felt it was the best of both worlds.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing has evolved drastically, and in a great way. Authors can take control these days, and while in some ways this can allow just “anything” to get printed, it also allows literary underdogs to champion their books. New genres can emerge, and any good writer can make money on their writing, unlike times in the past where the selection process overlooked great books. Not to mention, the wave of eBooks and now print on demand allows for little overhead costs to authors so that they can spend less money getting their work into readers’ hands.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
thriller, suspense, psychological thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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