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Writing

Pamela’s pre-published manuscripts have won attention in several national contests. picture_000CHANCES received first place honors in the historical category of the Four Seasons Awards in 2003, placed second in the 2003 Put Your Heart in a Book contest, and was a 2002 finalist in the Spring Into Romance contest, the Colorado Gold contest, and the Laurie. CHOICES was a 2001 Colorado Gold finalist entry. In 2006, CHANGES (original title CHALLENGES) placed third in the Heart of the West Writers Contest and was a Spring Into Romance finalist.

CHANCES has received several honors since its release in early 2008.
• Winner of 2009 HOLT Medallion for Best First Book
• Recipient of 2009 WILLA Finalist Award for Historical Fiction
• Named as One of the Top Ten Romance Books of 2008 by Booklist

CHOICES was a 2010 HOLT Medallion Finalist in Historical Romance.

Reality

I’ve loved both history and romance for as long as I can remember. Growing up inpicture_003 Minnesota, I spent cold winter days crafting complicated plots for Barbie dolls and reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books and imagining wonderful stories while playing in the hot summer sun. In junior high, I discovered Judy Blume and twice started my own “coming of age” manuscripts (I still have the spiral notebook with its 100 plus handwritten pages). When I discovered romance, I read all the sub-genres, from sweet Harlequins to gothics to bodice rippers. But my heart set itself on historical romance when I picked up LaVyrle Spencer’s The Fulfillment.

Still, I never really thought of writing as something I would actually do. I put away my picture_001notebook and studied history at South Dakota State University, planning to teach. The week after I received my B.A., I married Tim and moved to Pierre, South Dakota where I actually did work as a teacher for a year. Tim and I shared a passion for history and our hobbies included participating in living history reenactments as well as in community theater.

Job transfers took us to Yuma, Arizona, where I served as a historic preservation specialist for the Quechan Indian Tribe at the Fort Yuma National Landmark. Our daughter Katrina was born in 1989 and writing was a distant memory. When we moved to Wyoming, I taught classes at the college level as well as adult basic education and GED classes at the state penitentiary. In 1993, one of my inmate students showed me a partial manupicture_004script and told me he had just signed with an agent. Challenged, I figured I could do that, too.

I wrote my first 400 page manuscript in 6 weeks and thought it was the greatest piece of fiction ever. I was so wrong. Joining Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, I began to learn the writing craft and joined a critique group. Every time I mastered one technique, there was another waiting to be learned (as I suspect there always will be). I wrote slowly, in between my full time job and my commitments as a wife and mother. Thirteen years later, I sold my second manuscript, CHANCES, and became an author.

Though widCity News-Pam in Costumeowed several years ago, I have been blessed to have unexpectedly found new love (it’s so great to live a real-life romance!) and currently live in the Denver area with the light of my life, Ken, who has taught me to find joy daily. Together, we parent two dogs and a cat, and enjoy our combined grandchildren and daughters whenever the chance permits. My interests include reading, historic research, community theater, and visiting historic sites. And, of course, writing.

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