“In the future, I hope to publish another novel. My first book was self-published, and that was a wonderful experience; however, I hope to publish a book the traditional way.”
A member of the Writers’ League of Texas since August, Pam Howell lives in San Antonio, TX.
Pamela Howell: Christian fiction.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
PH: Erik Larson. I’d ask him, “How do you craft characters in your books who are real people without interjecting too much of yourself or your curiosity in how they would have reacted in a particular circumstance?”
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
PH: The Bible, foremost. However, I think a book on survival skills would also be in order.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
PH: As a new member, I’m eager to learn all I can about the Writers’ League.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
PH: In the future, I hope to publish another novel. My first book was self-published, and that was a wonderful experience; however, I hope to publish a book the traditional way.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
PH: I truly enjoyed The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth. This book chronicles the panic, scandal, and the hunt for America’s first serial killer whose victims were in Austin.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
PH: I am a native of West Texas and will always be a small-town girl at heart. My first book, A Ride Home, debuted in 2014. It tells the story of Kayla Hartley, a college student, who wants to go home for Thanksgiving, but money is tight since her father died. She’s homesick, and whether she wants to admit it or not, still grieving. Out of desperation, she accepts a ride home from a stranger whose name she finds on a ride board at college. Despite her roommate’s warning, Kayla gets into the car with Mark Lawson, a handsome cowboy, who charms his way into her heart. But, is he too attractive for his own good? Or Kayla’s? It’s 800 miles across an unforgiving, barren landscape from San Angelo to her hometown in Arizona, and as night falls and the road becomes more desolate, Kayla begins to wonder if she’s made a mistake, a terrible one that might cost her dearly. You can find A Ride Home here.
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