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An Interview with Pamela Schloesser Canepa — Joannes Rhino - Bali Online Editor " />
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12 Jul

A fearless intelligent introvert who loves to think of all of the possibilities that exist in the world, meet Pamela Schloesser Canepa…


JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

Pamela: I describe myself as an intelligent introvert who is sort of fearless.  I can put myself out there, but I am an introvert.  I like to listen and sense things before I speak.  I live in the southeast United States and have a young adult son, a patient significant other, and a cute little dog that gets me outdoors regularly.  I am a teacher of Middle School English, and writing keeps me busy on the weekends and during summer.


JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

Pamela: I started when I was a young child.  Then I quickly realized how pleased my mother was when I wrote her a Mother’s Day poem, and what a kick my aunt and uncle got when I wrote about finding a talking dinosaur in their barn when I was eight.


JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

Pamela: I am a teacher of English and my degree was in English.  I took a few Master’s courses in Literature, as well.  No, the formal education is not always necessary.  Some genres are very popular simply based on their pacing and shock factor.  You can be really strong at one thing and not another, so you pay others to edit.


JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

Pamela: I only write part-time, mostly in the summer and on weekends or when the urge hits me.  I must say, NANOWRIMO was very inspiring, because you are competing with others and holding yourself accountable.  Of course, you don’t worry about editing at that point.  I also read a book by the founder of NANOWRIMO that helped me generate ideas throughout the rough draft.


JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

Pamela: My emotions influence me, the world influences me, my need for sanity, all of these things influence me to write.  It is an urge that I have.  I do feel it is a gift, just as some are very gifted at art or song.  This is my song.  I intend to get it all out before I leave this world.


JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

Pamela: I have learned that I am never done writing.  So I will be writing for the rest of my life, or as long as I have my mental faculties.


JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

Pamela: I can tell you that I really enjoy writing in the morning as I drink my coffee after breakfast.  I also love to write in the fall and winter when there is less sunlight.  I guess because it makes me want to be indoors more.


JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

Pamela: I just finished my first full-length book.  It took about 1 1/2 years.  I have written shorter novellas that I published after writing and editing for a few months.  The hardest part is editing.  There will always be something I miss.  No matter how small, it bothers me.


JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

Pamela: I paid someone who edits for college students, so I don’t believe that person regularly edits books.  It definitely is well worth the money to pay someone who has also edited for others.


JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

Pamela: I have grown less afraid to show my work to others.  Criticism doesn’t bother me as much as it did at first.  I have even used it to better my work.  So if anyone was doing it to be nasty, the joke is on them!  Seriously, though, the best thing I can do is write my work for myself.  It is a sort of therapy and an excellent escape.


JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

Pamela: Yes.  Those are the times when I just read more, or take the dog for a long walk, which can be inspiring in itself.


JR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

Pamela: I got my cover for Detours in Time through Kat Mellon.  It was a pre-made cover, and she added the human element (inside the clock).  She also does custom work, but I need to be more financially stable to go that route.  At any rate, I am very happy with the cover she has done; it has quite a dreamy and even suspenseful quality.


JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

Pamela: I am still learning the art of marketing.  I do believe that developing a camaraderie with other writers is necessary.  I will spend a little money on book promo websites now and then, not really expensive sites though.  I am learning how to do an author newsletter, since everyone seems to say that it’s the best way of marketing yourself.  Another good move is just talking about my book with people I meet in the coffee shop or waitresses in places I eat.  You never know just how thrilled they might be that they have met published author.  It also makes me feel good.


JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?

Pamela: If I went through traditional publishing, I might not have written as much as I have so far.  I’d have to learn how to do queries, which publishers might be in my niche, etc., etc., when what I needed to do was get my writing in front of the world to see if this was something I really wanted to do or was prepared to do.  I decided, I can do this.  There are very famous writers now who started out with self-publishing.  So I could go from this to traditional.  Maybe I will.  Or maybe I will be so happy with my self-publishing results.  It’s too soon to tell.


JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

Pamela: I have written five.  3 novellas, 1 full-length book, and another full-length first draft.


JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

Pamela: I have published only in the sci-fi genre so far.  Why?  I find Science fascinating, but I don’t completely understand it, nor do I expect to.  I love sci-fi because one does not have to understand it, one simply has to open their mind.  Think of the concepts in Ray Bradbury’s novels, things that actually came about decades later.  I also love thinking of all of the possibilities that exist in the world, all of the exceptions to the rule.  I am also interested in writing paranormal fiction, for all of the above reasons.  Mankind gets so smug in this world that we rule, but there is so much more than what we understand.  I find that comforting, believe it or not.


Detours in TimeJR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

Pamela: I think Detours in Time is the best.  What I would say is most appealing is the emotion and the characters.  The real story is, I wrote this book as an escape.  Then I worked out a lot of my anxieties about the world and where we are going.  I also decided that time travel could really make some messes.  So then we have a whole moral aspect to the book.  There is also love and friendship.


JR: Any other works in progress?

Pamela: I keep writing down ideas about Norrie from the Made for Me series.  After the third book, she’d met her biological father, but we still didn’t know who her real mother is.  I want to write that story.


JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

Pamela: Start showing your work to people.  If you want to continue, ask them for honest feedback.  Look for other writers online, in groups or in forums, and listen to them and learn.  If you have an interesting idea, write it down!  You can always flesh it out later.


JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

Pamela: Visit my author website, and please follow me on any or all of my social media accounts below:

Website: http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com    

Social media:  https://www.facebook.com/pamelacanepablog/ (Author Facebook)


Amazon Author site:  http://amzn.to/1t3BYGU


Detours in Time link on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF


 Pamela Schloesser Canepa