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The Messenger by Pamela DuMond
(Mortal Beloved #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2013
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult
“All the excitement of OUTLANDER if it was a YA series.”
THE MESSENGER is optioned for film/TV.
Hello, Pamela! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me here!
I’m originally from the Midwest, moved to California to marry the wrong guy, and when my marriage tanked, I stayed for the beautiful weather. I miss autumn in the Midwest and NFC Central football, but I don’t minus forty degrees in the winter and scraping ice off my car’s windshield while my hands burn from the bitter cold. I like cats, dogs, reading, my friends, movies, TV, and working out. I live in Venice, CA with my two fur-babies.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but honestly I never thought it could be a profession. I went to school to become a chiropractor, but I always had something artistic going on the side: designing and creating jewelry, art, decorative furniture painting and non-fiction book projects. But writing fiction hooked me, and I’ve never looked back.
Tell us about THE MESSENGER. What’s the story about?
Madeline’s a sixteen-year-old girl from present day Chicago, who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks stemming from a car accident she was in with her mom. Her mom’s body was never found and it was assumed she abandoned her family. On the anniversary of the accident, Madeline’s dad gives her a mysterious handbook made by her mom filled with grave etchings, photos, memorabilia, and family trees. But she wants nothing to do with it.
The next day she’s out with her friends waiting on the el train, when she’s pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train. She blacks out and wakes up—bloody and battered—wearing colonial clothes: she’s the sole survivor of a Native attack on a colonial settlement. When she spots Samuel— a beautiful, mixed-race, young man tear around the burning buildings and disappear into the forest. Except for the hot guy—this has to be a nightmare—right?
Wrong. Madeline’s time-travelled to 1675, during King Philip’s War between the Native Americans and the colonists. She’s here to be mentored by the Medicine Woman and claim her birthright—to be a MESSENGER—a person who can slip between the folds of time delivering messages that could save the life of one person, or perhaps, many. She tries to live as a young colonial woman, falls into a forbidden love with Samuel, and soon discovers there is another breed of time travelers—dark-souled, deadly Hunters who crave Madeline’s new powers and seek to seduce or kill her.
Can Madeline find her way back to the future in time to save herself and Samuel?
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I loved The Hunger Games, but I quickly drew tired of reading all the dystopian novels that were published after that. I wanted to write a YA time travel series with a heroine who had a lot to learn. Instead of creating a new fantasy world, I thought it would be fun to set this series at different places and dramatic times in history.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I’ve never been part of a critique group. I’ve worked with a variety of beta readers and I hire editors for all my books.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
More of a panster ( which just auto-corrected to try and tell me I was a panther. I can tell you with certainty that I am definitely not —a panther.)
That said, for The Assassin, which is the sequel to The Messenger, I wrote a detailed synopsis for my manager to include in our film/TV pitch package. That’s the ONLY book I have plotted in advance.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Pounding out the pages. I keep thinking that I can’t write the next book, or that writing the next book will never end. And yet, somehow, they always get done.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Internet access for Google. Water. A back massager device.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Does time travel count as a super power? Because I’d pick that. I’d go back and visit relatives who have passed. I’d go to fascinating moments in time.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
talking on the phone, or exercising.
And finally, where can people find you and your books online?
Grab Pamela's books on Amazon B&N Kobo Audible Ibooks
Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.
She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.
Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.
Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .
She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)
When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.
She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.
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