Pamela Tyner Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Pamela Tyner. Thanks for being here today Pamela, welcome to FAR!
Thank you. I'm thrilled to be here!

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in North Carolina with my husband and our two teenage sons. After spending 15 years in the corporate world, I'm currently a stay-at-home mom/author, which allows me more time to indulge in my passions of writing and reading. I write contemporary romances that vary in heat level from sensual to erotic.

Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, Finding Passion?
Sure! Here's the blurb...

Nathan Collins is stunned when he's served with divorce papers...almost as stunned as he'd been three weeks prior when his wife had suddenly asked him to move out of the house. At the time, Susan had proposed a thirty-day separation followed by marriage counseling. Nathan intends to hold her to that agreement.

He moves from stunned to pissed when Susan attempts to use blackmail as a means to obtain his signature on the papers. Damned if he'll be blackmailed into anything, especially when he's innocent of the accusations. He'd never cheat on his wife.

When an unexpected storm and a flooded road strand them together for the weekend, neither suspects that it will lead to a discovery of secret desires and fantasy fulfillment. But will their renewed passion be enough to revive their fledgling marriage? Despite Nathan's vehement denial, Susan has some pretty convincing evidence of his extramarital activities.

What was the hardest aspect of writing Finding Passion? How did you overcome it?
Finding Passion was the first novella I wrote, and it is a little different than writing a novel, so I had to learn to make some adjustments to my writing. I overcame it by constantly reminding myself to 'focus on the meat of the story'.

When writing, do you adhere to a strict writing schedule or wait until the muse hits you?
I used to wait for the muse to appear, but I soon discovered that I wasn't spending nearly enough time writing. So, now I write even if the muse is absent. I don't always write every day, but I do try to write several days a week at least.

Many writers occasionally hit a roadblock in their work. What do you do to avoid them, or, alternatively, to break through them?
The first thing I try is just writing through it. Most times that words, although it usually takes me a few hours of writing crap before I break through the block. I've found that if I'm not able to write through the block, it's usually because there's a problem in what I've already written. So, I re-read what I've written and/or do a rough outline of the plot points to see if I can locate any problems that occurred along the way.

What was the most challenging part of writing your first book Her Protector? The most rewarding?
Her Protector was the first book I wrote with the intention of seeking publication. But I wrote it before I'd taken the time to actually study anything about the craft of writing. Once I did, I discovered that there
were many problems with the book that needed to be corrected. So, the most challenging part was the extensive revisions.

Finishing the book and then obtaining a contract were both thrilling events. But I think the most rewarding thing has been the emails I've received from readers telling me how much they enjoyed the story.

What are some of the challenges with writing a novella compared to a full length novel?
For me the biggest challenge was pacing. Because of the limited page space in a novella, the story has to move at a little faster pace, but it can't move so quickly that the reader doesn't have time to become invested in the characters and in the story.

Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
At this time, I'm lucky enough not to have to have a job outside the home,
and my children are school age. I still have to juggle household duties, volunteer activities, the kids' extracurricular activities--because Mom always has to be in the crowd cheering them on--etc. But I have much more writing time then I did when I was working 9-5.

Could you tell us a little bit about your works in progress?
I'm currently working on a story about a woman in her mid-thirties who's panicking over the prospect of running out of time to have children. With no husband prospects in sight, she decides to become a single parent, and she asks a male friend to father her child. He finds the idea ridiculous and is determined to talk some sense into her. However, her 'sex with no strings' offer has just fired the fantasies he's harbored for her. But he knows he can never act on those fantasies, for a number of reasons.

Both of your published books have been contemporary romance. Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at?
So far, I haven't had a desire to write non-contemporaries, but I do have an idea for a contemporary story with a little bit of a paranormal element to it.

In your opinion, what are the three most essential ingredients of an excellent romance novel?
I can only name three? Likeable characters, a good plot, and a happy ending.

You find yourself stranded on a desert island, what things could you not survive without?
Other than the basic necessities of food and water, I'd definitely need some books--as many as possible. And since I tend to burn pretty easily, I'd need lots of sunblock and chapstick.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I'd like to thank you again for interviewing me, and I'd like to invite the readers to check my website periodically for information about my contests and my upcoming events and releases.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Pamela! Readers be sure to visit Pamela’s website.

Interviewed by: Tammy