About Pamela Harju:
Pamela Harju is the author of The Truth about Tomorrow, which won WriteIntoPrint’s Captivating Opening Contest in 2017. She spends her spare time with her dogs and travelling to see rock bands most people have never heard of. She loves tea, big old houses and tattooed men and is happily unmarried to her partner of many years. A native Finn, Pamela lives in the Irish countryside in an old cottage that’s always threatening to fall apart. She has a full-size dog agility arena in her back garden.
What inspires you to write?
My dreams and music. Many of my ideas stem from my vivid dreams, but music is a constant influence in everything I do. That’s why I so often write about music, musicians and the music business, despite being the least musical person you could ever meet.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I’m a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King and Susan Cooper, but I write nothing like them! Having said that, I look at how they work and draw inspiration from that. I am not consciously aware of any writer who would have influenced my style or what I write about, but it’s probably an amalgamation of all my reading experiences over the years. I honestly read anything.
Tell us about your writing process.
I only plan in my head. Outlining, using any method, gives me writer’s block. I know how the story is going to progress, approximately, and then I write scene by scene. I often plan my scenes in bed at night while I’m waiting for sleep to come. It’s weird, but it works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They live in my head, whether I like it or not! I write so that I can evict them!
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing! Write, write, write and write, and in between, read and watch TV. Anything with a story in it will teach you something; even if it’s how not to do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish, and it’s the freedom I like the most. It’s definitely more work than the traditional route with a publisher, but the harder you work, the more you appreciate your achievements. In three years since I started publishing, I have released four novels. If I had tried to get an agent and publisher, would I have got a single book out there yet? I doubt it. That route takes too long, and I don’t have the patience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s going to keep changing. Self-publishing is on the rise, which is great because there are so many wonderful books out there that just don’t fit into the mainstream world of traditional publishers. I live outside the mainstream world in everything I do, so I embrace this change.
What genres do you write?: romance, women’s fiction, mystery, horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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