Today we're chatting with a wonderful lady and excellent author. Her book CUPCAKES, LIES, AND DEAD GUYS is available now! Let's get to know her.
Welcome, Pamela. Tell us a bit about yourself.
One day when I was in college my Dad declared I had to stop dallying around with Spanish, Psychology, cute boys and pick a profession. Dad was old school, first person in his family to put himself through college and start his own business. Therefore, I wasn’t allowed to pick something namby-pamby like Artist, Musician, or Secret Spy as a career. My choices were limited to doctor, lawyer, or Indian Chief. I hated blood and guts, had never been on the debate team and certainly wasn’t cool enough to be an Indian Chief. So that left chiropractic.
How long have you been writing?
As a kid I stuttered badly, so I did a lot more reading and writing than talking. Any kid who is considered a little ‘different’ knows: the bullies zone in on you. By the time I could actually talk without stuttering, I was beyond shy and didn’t. When I turned 22 I started yakking. My brother commented that I haven’t shut up, since. Since it’s relatively boring talking to oneself all day long, I started writing a lot more then, as well.
Tell us about this fabulously-titled book Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys.
Sounds absolutely awesome. How did the idea of the story come to you?
I was working on scripts that were going nowhere. Three authors inspired me to try writing novels: Jacqueline Carey, Lisa Lutz, and Toni McGee Causey. Their characters are rich and their worlds are intriguing.
I’ve had enough experiences that convinced me it is possible to communicate with people who have passed on. I wrote several non-fiction articles about those moments that were published in Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity – Meaningful Coincidences from a Seemingly Random World, edited by Phil Cousineau. I’ve always loved mysteries, as well as comedies. I started to think about the comedic possibilities of being stuck with the ghost of the person you hated most in the entire world. That situation seemed pretty funny.
Sounds hysterical. I can't wait to read it. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
When I’m in the middle of writing a story, I’m hoping that there is a pony at the bottom of the heap, and praying that I can dig my way through to her. Then, I hope that my readers will love that pony as much as I do.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A notepad, a pen, a highlighter, research materials, my super-duper abdominal belt that exercises my abs while I write, (weird, I know,) and sometimes a cat on my chair.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I already have the super-duper abdominal belt. Okay. My super power would be the ability to get to the pony more quickly.
I discovered the only survivors of the summer house were ambidextrous middle aged women with jujitsu skills: just like me.
Love it! Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Krill Press, Ramona DeFelice Long, my family, my friends, my furballs, writers, readers, bloggers like yourself, Dorothy. The list is endless. I am blessed.
And finally, where can people find you online?
Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys.
My website should be up this week: www.Pamela.DuMond.com
Thank you so much for chatting with us, Pamela. I just know your book will be a big hit.
Thank you Dorothy!