SMITTEN IMAGE is a paranormal romance set in 2039 New Chicago. The magnetic pole switched, releasing elemental magic to be used by those who are finding it. Lily Barnett is a portrait painter living more in her creative vision than reality but is looking for love, of course. She stumbles on a magic shop, drinks a love potion that awakens catastrophic powers inside her. A portrait of a male nude she paints comes to life and pursues her. (She accidentally melts him which has, well, unexpected consequences.) Her house plants grow like Aubrey II in Little Shop o Horrors, and strings of flamingo lights spout poetry. Chaos ensues and Lily’s too mortified to ask her best friend Daniel for help because somehow the portrait she painted looked exactly like him. And that’s just the beginning of the magic and mayhem.
Galen: What was the inspiration for Smitten Image?
Pam: Art, basically. I wanted to tell a story about a drifty artist, her creative vision and how magical the world is from an artist’s point of view.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Pam: My pushy, mushy writer friends. I never meant to be a romance writer but was surrounded my them and finally caved!
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Pam: The best part is the creating, making up storylines, the characters babbling in your head and going off in all directions. The worst part is wondering if I’m good enough, if people will like my writing and my stories. Rejection just kills me.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Pam: I read Mary Stewart’s The Moonspinner’s in middle school. Her stories were mesmerizing and had everything, danger, suspense, romance. My library science teacher in college was a huge Kathleen Woodiwiss fan and after reading The Wolf and The Dove, I was a gonner.
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Pam: "I don't happen to think kissing ruins a friendship. And I'm pretty sure someone who snogs her cousin hasn't the right to judge."
Galen: Did you sell the first book you wrote?
Pam: Heck, no! It took me years of writing really bad manuscripts to finally get good enough to publish. And let me tell you, the journey was frustrating. But worth it.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Pam: I’d be a cartoonist, and illustrate graphic novels. Yeah, I’d be, like, way cool!
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Pam: Complete works of William Shakespeare, Joseph Campbell’s Power of Myth and an empty notebook to write in.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Pam: Maui, definitely. We were there about ten years ago. I’m scared of water (I flounder instead of swim) but snorkeling opened up a whole new world for me. I’d so do that again. Otherwise, I’m a stay at home person. My mind wanders off on its own enough as it is.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Pam: I work at a cluttered table, looking out over our two acre bit of heaven at the gorgeous Bitteroot Mountains with wild birds squabbling at the feeders. I have to pinch myself, it’s so perfect.
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Pam: I don’t read blogs everyday anymore(it got addicting and cut way into work time) but when I do, I try to read Neil Gaiman’s blogs, then I roam… yeah, addicting and distracting!
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Pam: An absolute pantzer and proud of it.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Pam: I draw, paint, knit, garden, read and find ways to avoid cleaning my house.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Pam: Write the next book. And never stop.
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