Monday, November 14, 2011

Are you ready for some historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense?? Today we welcome the very talented Pamela Clare. She is going to join us for a little Q&A and as a special giveaway we will be having a contest to win a "one of a kind" book thong. To enter the contest please follow two easy steps- become a follower of this blog and tell us who are the two main characters in Pamela's book UNTAMED (US residents only please and don't forget your email address)

 1. You say you like it when your characters become so real that they tell you what to do. Who is your all time favorite character that you've wrote about? Who was the most frustrating and hard to deal with?
Choosing a favorite would be so hard! I love them all. The all come with things that fascinate me and things that are difficult. Kat James was tough to write even though I loved her simply because I wanted her to be TRUE to her Navajo roots and not an “apple,” i.e., Indian on the outside and white on the inside. Lord William Wentworth is so fun to write because he’s so incredibly selfish and self-centered, but he also has a good side. Complicated characters are fun. Iain and Annie were wonderful to write.

2. Tell us about your writing routine. How do you balance writing, being the editor of a newspaper, juggling the care of two boys and having five minutes to take a hot shower?
I am always sleepy, I will tell you that! I get up somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30. Monday through Thursday I go into the office and work an eight-hour day. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, I run errands and then focus on writing for the rest of the day until late at night. Fortunately, my boys are now 25 and 21. I do try to take time to talk with them, because no matter how old we are we still need our mothers once in a while. But my house is messier than I’d like. I have a big garden, and my younger son helps with that. My lawn goes un-mowed sometimes. I never get enough sleep or exercise. But I love to write fiction, so in the end, finishing a book is worth it all. I will be leaving the newspaper very soon, however, and that means writing a lot more.

3. If historical romance is one of your favorite to read, name a few of your favorite authors in this category.
Kathleen Givens was my favorite. Sadly, she passed on. I love Anna Campbell. I also really enjoy Loretta Chase and Julie Garwood and am VERY interested to read Kaki Warner and Sara Donati, who also write Colonial American romance.

4. In the I-Team series, which book was your favorite to write and why?
I really don’t have a favorite. Each of them have been different. EXTREME EXPOSURE was, perhaps, the most fun. I laughed while I wrote it because I just had no idea what I was doing. I’d never read romantic suspense before, so I was just shooting in the dark. HARD EVIDENCE was fun because of Julian Darcangelo and the chance to write about life on the streets of Denver. UNLAWFUL CONTACT was precious to me because it included a lot of the prison-related reportage I’ve done over the years, telling some very near-to-true stories that are just heartbreaking and terrible. It also inspired me to try to change our state law regarding the shackling of women inmates during labor and childbirth. Last year, I wrote and helped pass a law that bans the use of shackles. (how awesome is that? Congrats & Great job.)  NAKED EDGE was my love letter to the Navajo and Lakota people after years of reporting on Native issues. BREAKING POINT was fun because of Zach and Natalie. I love Natalie. She’s very feminine but very tough when she needs to be. And Zach... Is Zach. :-) I’ve put author’s notes on all the books on my website if anyone out there wants to read more about the stories behind the stories. All of them are drawn from my real work as an investigative reporter.

Thank you Pamela for taking the time out of your busy day to visit with us. One final question. 

5. What can you tell us about your upcoming book, DEFIANT ?

YES! DEFIANT tells Connor MacKinnon’s story. He is sent to retrieve Lord William’s niece after she is taken captive by the Shawnee. He finds himself in a terrlble situation where the only way to save her is to fight the warrior who took her to the death and then claim her as his own. Here’s the back blurb:

Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth’s niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her—and claim her himself.

Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier—or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him.
But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.

There are excerpts on my blog and website if anyone wants to read them.

Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you Pamela and now on to the contest- Please become a follower of this blog and tell us the names of the TWO main characters from Pamela's UNTAMED book (hint..follow the link above to find the answer)


  1. Yep, I'm a follower of the blog!

    Main characters: Morgan MacKinnon & Amalie Chauvenet!

    Dawn Salisbury

  2. I follow the blog. :)
    The Main characters are Morgan MacKinnon and Amalie Chauvenet.

    I love Clare's novels! Thanks for the giveaway!

    stickiekittie [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. I am a GFC follower: June M.
    The main characters are Morgan MacKinnon & Amalie Chauvenet.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. I follow blog and characeter are Amalie Chauvenet and Morgan MacKinnon

  5. I do have to say that I read mostly paranormal romance and I don't think I've read any historical romances. Unless you count harlequins! But that was many many moons ago! Maybe I should start! LOL!

    (already put my email above)

  6. I loved reading the interview and excerpts. Pamela's books sound really good. Wouldn't trade weekly schedules with her. (-;

    Characters are: Morgan MacKinnon and Amalie Chauvenet

    GFC: Sophia Rose

  7. I have only recently discovered historical romances and I really enjoy them! Can't wait to read some of (if not all!) of Pamela's work!

    Main characters: Morgan MacKinnon & Amalie Chauvenet!

  8. Congrats, StickieKittie on winning the book thong! And thanks, everyone, for your comments.

  9. ^_^ thank you, Pamela! ^__^