Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi! I’m Pamela Burford, and I’m old enough to rememberthe first episode of Saturday Night Live.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I recently moved from New York to Austin, Texas. Yee-haw!
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Fun fact: My identical twin sister, Patricia Ryan (aka PB Ryan), is also a novelist. Our writing careers got started when we challenged each other to see who could write, and publish, a novel first. I got the first contract, but the publisher closed shop before my book came out, so Pat actually got published first. So in a way, we both won.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m having a fantastic time writing my humorous mystery series, featuring Death Diva Jane Delaney, her neurotic canine sidekick Sexy Beast, and a fun love triangle involving Jane’s good-guy ex and sexy bad boy Martin. Book #1 is called Undertaking Irene. I’m currently working on book #5 in the series, called Preserving Peaches.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was born with a pen in my hand (ouch!). Seriously, there’s never been a time when I didn’t love writing. I’ve been a published novelist for more than twenty years.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
You’re a writer if you love to write, so I guess I’ve been one forever. I’ve published eighteen novels and am hard at work on number nineteen.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was a freelance copy editor for many years, and as I worked on other people’s book manuscripts, it began to dawn on me that I could do this. I had an idea for a romantic mystery with a paranormal twist.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My publisher rejected the title I chose for that first book, which is often the way it goes. We settled on His Secret Side, a title I hated. When I eventually got the rights back and republished it, I changed the title to A Case of You (the hero is a doctor).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to inject humor into everything I write. I’m really letting my funny side loose in my Jane Delaney mystery series, which is written in a style I call “first-person snark.” Mysteries are much tougher to write than romances, but I love the challenge; it’s like working a very complicated puzzle.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All my novels are fiction, of course, but like all novelists, I draw on personal experiences to flesh out characters and story lines.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve done a little traveling for background, but usually I rely on memories of places I’ve already been.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have two cover designers, one for my romances and another (who isn’t taking new clients) for my mysteries. The romance covers were done by Dawn Hickerson of Austin DesignWorks, who also designed my website.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. Laughter is the key to happiness.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
A few of my favorite mystery authors are Tana French, Timothy Hallinan, Ben Rehder, and Marcia Clark. Timothy Hallinan writes several series; my favorite features burglar Junior Bender.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I was already a published author when I founded Long Island Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This group has had my back for the past couple of decades and counting; they truly are my writers’ tribe. Take it from me, It’s difficult to do this on your own.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. And if I wanted to change something, I’d just change it—the advantage of being your own publisher. After having been traditionally published for many years, I’m now a proud indie author. It’s a ton of work, but at least I’m in control of everything.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn from every writing project, in big and little ways. That’s one of the wonders of the creative process.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’ve been mulling that one over for a long time
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Join a writers’ organization. You’ll receive the support, education, and professional contacts that can make the difference between successful publication and just writing for yourself.Being successful at a creative endeavour requires four things: talent, hard work, perseverance, and luck. Some of it you can control, some of it you can’t, but if you don’t give it your best shot, it will never happen.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Keep reading. And teach your kids the joy of opening a book.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Dry by Jane Harper.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I do remember that my favorites as a child were mysteries.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life. Keep it comin’.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jane Austen. I’d tell her she had more of an impact than she could ever have imagined.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking, reading (duh!), and mosaic art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A few current TV favorites are Deadwood, The Good Place, and Russian Doll. As for movies, I’m a huge fan of Jaws, Some Like It Hot, Crossing Delancey, and Sexy Beast. Oh, and I just watched Roma. Outstanding!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Since moving to Texas: breakfast tacos! I have no particular favorites when it comes to colors and music; I’m always changing my mind.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I used to work for a nonprofit organization that served the blind community and I loved it, so probably something like that.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Making sure my loved ones know they’re my Loved Ones.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“She’s still laughing.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.pamelaburford.com. That’s where you can find out about all my books and sign up for my newsletter, which gets you a free copy of my fun foodie romance, Too Darn Hot. And once you’re on my email list, you’ll learn about occasional freebies and sales (even the occasional recipe). So swing on by and say hi! Also, you’ll receive alerts about discounts and new releases if you…
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Available at all retailers:
Undertaking Irene, book #1 in the Jane Delaney humorous mystery series: https://www.books2read.com/undertakingirene
Love’s Funny That Way, book #1 in the Wedding Ring romance series: https://www.books2read.com/lovesfunnythatway