Meet The Chapter Mates: Pamela Moran

Pamela MoranIts time to meet the chapter mates! For August we learn a little more about Pamela Moran, a lover of romantic suspense with a pinch of paranormal.

You can learn all about Pamela’s books at her website, www.pamelamoran.com. But let’s get a closer look.

Tell us a little about yourself! Who are you? What do you write?

Hi! I’m Pamela Moran, business owner, author, artist, photographer, astrologer, and the current RWA PRO Liaison (National). I write Romantic Suspense with a paranormal twist. My stories are populated with cops, Federal agents, and covert agents, most with some kind of psychic ability.

What does RWASD mean to you?

Friends. Support. All that’s good with RWA. Not that I’m biased. Much.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey to becoming a writer?

Time constraints. Being a business owner means long hours, usually seven days a week, and that makes it just too easy to push aside my writing time for something else, something that, at the time, feels more pressing. To get any writing done I’ve had to learn to make writing a priority. Not always easy. Even now.

What attracted you to the genre you write? Why does it speak to you?

I love all things mystic, otherworldly, suspenseful, gothic. I grew up reading my mom’s mysteries and thrillers, and I’ve always loved a good ghost story. I’m married to the Captain of the Reserve Unit for SBPD (reserves are volunteer cops who go through the same training, etc – they just don’t get paid for their hours), and my best friend and critique partner is a retired CA DOJ agent (Margaret Taylor). Mixing my love of the supernatural with cop stuff seems natural to me!

Where is the weirdest place or what is the weirdest thing that inspired an idea?

There was this real life princess who passed away after falling down a flight of marble stairs. The rich boyfriend was in Europe, the ex-husband was varnishing church pews hundreds of miles away. The fall was a sad, sad accident. But what if it wasn’t? What if the ex wasn’t a nice man? What if he had lots to hide and the princess found out? What if –?

That ‘What If’ story, Darkwater Echoes (PSI Sentinels: Darkwater Guardians), will be out later this year.

What is your favorite kind of hero in a romance novel?

Tortured, but not in an angsty way, more in the silent, suffering way. In the pissed, the heroine’s making him feel something, kind of way.

Love Scenes. Steamy or sweet? Why?

Steamy, of course! Sexual tension – build it up, make them wait. And when they give in,

She also loves kitties. How can one not?

She also loves kitties. How can one not?

throw something in their way, and make them wait again.

Who’s a writer you would do backflips to meet and why?

A few years ago I would have said Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. But, in the course of the last several years, I’ve met them both several times. This last July, at Nationals, I shook Nora’s hand at a party in her suite, and rode down the elevator (43 floors) with Linda. How cool is that?

Now, to be able to sit with Nora and have a long conversation, I’d probably do back flips for that!

If you could go back 20 years ago, what advice would you give yourself?

Make writing a REAL priority. Don’t  wait for the right time, because there isn’t a right time, and stop letting everything else get in the way.

Tell us about your latest novel!

Part of my PSI (a psychic covert agency) series, Gavin’s Woman (A PSI Sentinel Novella: Darkwater Guardians) is set along the Oregon coast during a terrible storm. One time lovers, Calea and Gavin deal with their relationship while a stalker hunts Calea and wants Gavin dead.

She was his only obsession.

PamelaMoran_GavinsWoman_1800x2700Gavin Dunbar, liaison between the PSI and the government, is a low-level psychic himself. A man of the present who believes the future can’t be trusted. His reasons are mired deep in a past he has no desire to examine. After all, in his world, having a soul-mate doesn’t equate to happily-ever-after.

Tragedy has brought Calea Fontaine to a crossroads and has her reassessing her future without the man she loves. A seer from a long line of seers, Calea knows, firsthand, that while Fate might try to guide a person along a path, Free Will has a way of trumping Destiny. 

Or does it? 

Along the storm ravaged Oregon coast, a predator stalks Calea with an obsession born of a dark ache, an overwhelming need to control and possess at any cost. The only obstacle standing in his way is Gavin Dunbar.

The short stories I’m doing for the monthly Sexy to Go anthologies are also part of my PSI world. The Dreamwalkers Task Force is made up of psychics not only from the PSI agency, but from many different law enforcement branches, including the FBI and local agencies. I’ve had a great time with these shorts and there are several couples I’m seriously considering revisiting for their own full length stories.

 Before you go, any advice to give to the new writers out there?

Perseverance!

Carve out that time. Write every single day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes at a stretch or a hundred words at a time.

Make goals, short-range as well as long-range.

Don’t be afraid of the emotion on the page. That’s what will hook your reader and keep her coming back for more.

Keep writing!

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