Author Pamela Foreman joins us for this week’s “Get to Know…” and her visit coincides with her Not Again, My Love blog tour. Be sure to read to the end for info on a giveaway she’s running. Welcome, Pamela!
Tell us about your book.
My book, “Not Again, My Love,” is about David and Annette who have recently married and combined their two families. Unfortunately, their children are college-age and teenagers and with those age groups, the typical relationship issues arise as well as rebellion and hatred. But the family also has an unforeseen problem – one of the children succumbs to cancer, ripping the family to shreds. It’s a rather emotional book in my opinion, and if you’ve read the first book and have become attached to the characters, this will rip your heart out.
What about this story appealed to you?
I had to put a lot of passion into writing this book. There was a lot of research as well. I was also saddened myself with some of the issues I had to write about and deal with. But I wanted to continue the story of David and Annette with all the problems children cause whether they mean to or not.
At what point did you realize these characters could fill a series?
I didn’t know there would be a series until after I finished the first one and someone said they wanted to know what happened to the characters. It sounded like a good idea and now there’s three!
Which actors would you cast as your main characters?
My favorite male actors are Harrison Ford, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
For the females, it’s harder. Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet.
What is the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?
“Jersey Miller! You are so going to get caught!” – That’s the first line! I ended the last book with Jersey beginning her life consumed by drugs and alcohol so that’s what I began this one with.
What do you most enjoy about writing?
Just living through other people’s lives. I can write whatever, things don’t always have to make sense, it brings me into another world where I can escape my own.
Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.
Your first draft is never perfect. Read, read and read again and then give it to someone else to read.
Tell us about your experiences with National Novel Writers Month, please.
I have had a fantastic experience the many times I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo. The people are great, I’ve been very successful and honestly, it helped to launch my writing career.
What is your favorite book?
I have so many! Catcher in the Rye, Charlotte’s Web for some oldies. I love Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber
Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)
Hmmmm, my first thought is Bugs Bunny!
If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?
To know if someone is lying or not.
What’s next for you?
I plan on continuing my series with several more books.
Where can people learn more about your work?
My website, www.pamelaforeman.com
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I’m very creative! I love arts and crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, knitting and crocheting. Painting is fun too!
Thank you! Pamela has shared an excerpt from her book, so here it is:
“Oh, Georgia! Lighten up!” Jersey shook her finger at Georgia. Georgia could tell her sister had been drinking not only by her behavior, but Jersey smelled of the beer or liquor. The two girls plus their fellow triplet, Virginia, were barely seventeen, and their step-sister Mallory was still sixteen. The four were about to be seniors in high school and their sibling was already an alcoholic.
Jersey and this male friend of hers both laughed then shushed each other like preschoolers about to get caught in an mischievous act. Georgia didn’t even know his name and didn’t remember ever seeing him before. Georgia rolled her eyes, knowing this was not going to get any better.
“How did he get in here?” Georgia asked. She put her hands on her hips, an action she had observed her mother doing over the past several years as all her older siblings had become teenagers. Georgia knew for a fact this boy did not enter through the front door of their house.
“How else?” Jersey slurred. “The window.”
“The window? We’re on the second floor!” Georgia put her head in her hands, exasperated. She’s been covering for her sister for more than two years now, but she wasn’t sure she could any longer. Jersey seemed to be getting herself deeper and deeper in trouble.
Here’s the official synopsis:
David and Annette Anderson have been married for two years, working hard to merge their two families. During their short marriage, one son joined the military and two children entered college, leaving four teenagers at home. Everyone seemed happy with this new blended family.
Then it happened. An unfortunate accident and all the hopes and dreams for one child faded quickly. A second child chooses the wrong path in life while another child reveals his feelings for two women. And then the ultimate shock which will affect all nine family members.
Will David and Annette survive the trials of parenting seven children? Can they keep their relationship together during their daughter’s struggles? Will all their children decide to follow their parents’ warnings and advice? Join the Anderson’s as they battle these challenging situations.
And here’s Pamela’s bio:
Pamela Foreman is a wife of seventeen years to her high school sweetheart and the mother of four children. Having grown up in Texas, Pamela currently lives in central Virginia. Pamela received her master’s degree in accounting from Liberty University and is an avid reader. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, knitting and scrapbooking when she is not involved with her children’s activities and spending time with her husband.
Pamela is the author of the Nebraska Holds series, a series surrounding the lives of David Anderson and Annette Miller, middle-aged adults who have both gone through the sudden deaths of their spouses and each have children to continue to raise. The series currently has three books, You’re Right, My Love (December 2011), Not Again, My Love (January 2013) and the third book is Secrets Abound, My Love, will be published in July 2013.
And Pamela leaves us with this message: