Romance and paranormal author Pamela Fryer is our guest today. She's going to talk a bit about her newest novel, Last Rights.
When asked why she writes romance, Pamela’s answer is simple. There’s too much violence, anger and hatred in this world, and this is her way of bringing back a tiny bit of joy.
Her favorite stories to write are the ones about the common character like Fallon Monroe—the underdog, the persecuted, the one against the many, the small against the large, who somehow manage to rise above adversity and undefeatable odds to triumph.
And always with a happy ending.
Welcome, Pamela. Please tell us about your current release.
The title, Last Rights, is a play on words. The book is set in a future where human cloning is used for organ harvesting. Human clones are created for the sole purpose of organ donation, and the First Rights law allows a True Born person the “first right” to the organs of the clones created with their DNA. The book has several of my favorite elements: cute kids, redeemable villains, (and a couple not so redeemable) a tortured hero, and a heroine who thinks herself ordinary but manages to reach inside herself to find superhuman courage she didn’t know she possessed.
What inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, most of my ideas come from news or current issues that hit a little too close to home and scare me. There have been a lot of movies and urban legends about unscrupulous human organ harvesting, and while I know they (most) are not real, the idea scares me so much I have chosen not to list myself as an organ donor. I also believe human cloning is closer than we all think. And as in all modern advancements, there will be someone unscrupulous waiting in the shadows to take advantage, or do wrong with something that could otherwise be a great benefit to mankind. I guess as a writer, I see villains lurking behind every corner.
What exciting story are you working on next?
In keeping close to my love of paranormal, I’m working on a three book series about psychic triplet sisters separated at birth. The government wants to use them, their enemies want them dead. And the men in their lives aren’t exactly sure what to do with them.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been a storyteller since I was a little girl. When I was little I think I liked the attention aspect of telling stories to my schoolmates, but when I got older and hooked on reading, I discovered the magic of it. Now in my adult years the attention aspect is gone; writing is a very solitary occupation, so it’s all about the allure of what I’m creating. I consider myself a little bit of a mad scientist.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do have a day job, but fortunately for me I also have a very understanding family. My writing day consists of 3-4 hours of writing time, intermixed with the occasional annoyance like laundry or sweeping. Writing takes priority though, so the drawback is a messy house. I consider myself one of the luckiest girls alive because not only is my husband very supportive, he also cooks.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t drink coffee. Can’t stand the stuff. I consider this a writing quirk in that I can function as a writer without it.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Well, once upon a time I wanted to be a trapeze artist. Seriously. I also wanted to be a member of the US Olympic Equestrian team. But since I was about ten years old, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I thought it was a much more glamorous job than it has turned out to be, but I love creating stories so much it doesn’t matter that I spend my day in sweats and ragged slippers.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
After five books I still haven’t gotten used to the fact I can call myself a published author. It has never become commonplace to hear someone say they loved my book, or they find my career sooo glamorous, and I hope the thrill never fades. Honestly, I still find the idea that people can actually buy my books and read them absolutely magical, and I think I will always find it a tad unbelievable. That’s a good thing, because it’s humbling.
Thanks for stopping by today, Pamela, and sharing a bit about yourself and your writing.
Readers, Pamela is awarding three $10 Amazon gift cards to three randomly drawn commentors during the tour and an autographed copy of her novel, The Midnight Effect to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So, comment and leaver your e-mail if you'd like to be entered to win, and you can also follow her tour and comment (and leave your e-mail) at other stops to increase your chances of winning.