Arkansas Author: Pam Long
Tell us about your book projects?
The book is that is due to come out soon is entitled Contessa, published by Regal Ink Press, LLC. It is a faith-based romance about a photojournalist for a travel magazine and a medical student who meet on a flight to Kenya, both on totally different paths in life. Connor is the worldly one, master of his own fate with the devil-may-care attitude on the outside but he carries a deep pain on the inside. Contessa (“Tessa” to her friends) also knows about pain but she also knows the Healer and she tries to introduce Connor to the One that can help heal his deepest pain and suffering.
The only non-fiction book I’ve written was done back in 2010 and I’ve never had it formally published (but Jason & Molly at Regal Ink are working on that for me!). It is in booklet form now and I use it to hand out to people who have lost loved ones. It’s called Trust In The ‘Yord'; Hunter’s Story and it’s about my journey through the grief of losing my grandson in a drowning accident at age 3 1/2 in 2004.
What I hope people get from Hunter’s story is the just the simple fact that we ALL will experience loss at some point in our lives, we all will have to walk that road – whether it’s from the loss of a job, a relationship, or a loved one. Through the book, I try to share what I’ve learned through my journey, not to “make it better” but just to let them know that what they are feeling is normal, that it is ok to be angry, tears are good…just little things like that.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired buy many things to write. Of course, losing Hunter and the subsequent pain and seeing others like that was a “biggie” for me there and, in fact, I am on the GriefShare leadership team at our church, taking others through the 13-week course since 2006.
But the Christian romance is really what drew me to write in the first place and I love to write stories that I know young women will read and hopefully see a part of themselves in the characters. I like to write characters that have problems just like we do and find solutions in faith and biblical promises-just like we should.
Any other thoughts or advice?
Things are changing so much in the publishing world lately with all the e-books and other technologies but it doesn’t change the fact that there is nothing like a good story to whisk us away to another place, another time, or another life. It’s good to read – no matter how you do it!
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