I now live in Colorado with my cocker spaniel, Bonnie where I am
a co-owner of a bookstore.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's your background? Were you an English major?
A: No, actually I started out as a computer programmer when I enlisted in the Air Force. Two years later, they sent me to Auburn University where I obtained a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and my commission as an officer. Six years later, I left active duty and worked for ten more years as an IE in Air Force civil service. Now I'm a part-time writer and co-owner of a bookstore.
Q: How did you get started writing?
A: I have no clue. Seriously, I've always loved to read, and was a "wannabe" writer for a long time. I wrote a little when I was about ten years olda horrible mish-mash of the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew, but didn't do any more fiction writing until I after I went through a bad time in my life many years later. Reading wonderful novels helped me through that hard time and I decided then that I wanted to write books that would do the same thing for other people.
Q: How did you sell your first book?
A: It took me two and a half years to write my first book, Golden Prophecies, but I was learning the entire time I was writing it: joining writing organizations, attending classes and conferences, reading writing books, analyzing the market, getting feedback from a critique group, and writing. Luckily, Leisure Love Spell was buying futuristic romances and they bought my first book in April 1994 after it had been rejected by three other publishers.
Q: How do you research your love scenes <nudge, nudge, wink, wink>?
A: I hate this question. No one ever asks it of mystery writers ("Mr. Smith, how many people did you murder to research this novel?"), but they have no compunction about asking it of romance authors, though it's usually accompanied by a leer. Let's just say the material comes from the same place the rest of my writing doesfrom my imagination.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: From a strange little man in Peoria.... In other words, I don't know! They attack from everywherewhen I'm watching movies, reading books, listening to conversations, taking a bath (my best ideas strike when I'm soaking wet), whenever. I just open my mind and let them come.
Q: Why do you write under two names?
A: I established my romance writing career as Pam McCutcheon, and most of those books are romantic comedy with a very light tone. When I decided to try my hand at writing fantasy, some of those stories are very different. So as not to disappoint Pam McCutcheon readers who are looking for an amusing romantic read, I use my maiden name, Pamela Luzier, for the fantasies.
Q: I hear you belong to a group called the Wyrd Sisters? Who are they?
A: The Wyrd Sisters started as a group of writers brought together by a common goal: a passion for writing. At first, geography played a role in uniting us into a cohesive critique group. But as we worked together, we found we shared more than a respect for their craft; we'd formed a strong friendship. "Wyrd" means that which is unusual or different, and also means fate or destinya fitting appellation for our group.
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