Friday, July 22, 2011

with Pam Hillman

***This is an ebook giveaway***

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Pam!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

I actually HAD a life! Before the children were born, and before I started writing seriously, my husband and I used to ride horses in our spare time. We rode two or three times a week, and usually on a Saturday, we would ride all day, and on many Sunday afternoons. When our oldest was born, I stopped riding regularly, thinking I’d get back to it when the kids were older. By the time they were big enough to ride, I was heavily involved in writing and the writing community. With a full-time job, writing, and working as conference treasurer for ACFW, I have no time for leisure now. But one of these days I’m going to get back in the saddle again – literally!

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
The last book I read was Diana Prusik’s Delivery, another one of the launch books for Tyndale’s Digital First Initiative. It’s not a fast-paced read, but it touched me in a deeper place, and the characters lingered long after I put the book down. Diana knows small towns and she knows people. In the Shadow of Evil by Robin Caroll is a top-notch romantic suspense with more twists and turns than the bayou surrounding it. And, of course, anything by the Seekers gets my vote!

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
This is the second dessert question I’ve had in the last month while I’m avoiding them like the last plague. Ha! Most of my favorite desserts (uh, yes, I have more than one!) are made by my mother and my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law makes a homemade banana pudding that is to-die-for-delicious, apple dumplings that are yummy, and a Pecan Praline dessert drizzled with coconut. I’d say the Pecan Praline is my favorite, although anything chocolate has been a long-standing favorite my entire life.

When I was about six or seven, we were having homecoming at church. The tables the men set under the trees behind the church groaned under the abundance of good ol’ Southern cooking. At that age, my mother would fix my plate for me, and she asked what I wanted.

I replied, “Anything, as long as it’s chocolate.”

Somebody should have pegged me as an author way back then, huh? Oh, and to my mother’s credit, she filled my plate with chocolate goodies off the dessert table!

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I would think my 6’4” husband had agreed to be the guest of honor at my great-nephew’s birthday party. Barney come to life in my very own kitchen!

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Clean the kitchen after cooking. I don’t mind the cooking, it’s the cleaning that gets me every time! It ranks right up there with going to the dentist or the doctor. Ooooh, I just realized THAT’s my most dreaded things to do! When I was a kid, my mother penciled our doctor’s appointments on the calendar. Somehow our radar perked up when the calendar turned to the dreaded month, and my brother and I tiptoed around for weeks being extremely good, somehow hoping she’d forget about that appointment and the shots! Why in the world did we think she’d forget? If we saw it on the calendar, it was obvious that she did! lol Btw, I don’t think we ever missed an appointment. Sigh

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
The Lord has been trying to teach me that I can’t do it all. He’s been working on me for years in this area, but I can’t seem to let go of things and say no. I hate to fail anyone, so I work extra hard to please. I need to learn to delegate, but for some of us, delegating is like pulling the eye teeth of a rhinoceros! (Hey, that might be easy, but it sounds like it would be pretty hard to do, don’t you think?) And I’m proud to say that I have let go of some things…like housework and cleaning that kitchen!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Stealing Jake is my first book, and I’m excited…and blessed… to see the great reviews that are popping up on Amazon, B&N, and CBD. As for what’s next, there’s a feisty young widow named Johanna Thorndike in Stealing Jake who’s looking to tell her story along with a brawny coal mine owner named Trey. Working title is Trusting Trey.

The more readers who steal Jake off the shelves, the more who’ll get the chance to trust Trey.

You can purchase Stealing Jake from Amazon.

Pam is giving away an ebook copy of Stealing Jake. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Teresa M said...

What a cool interview sounds like you have a wonderful sense of humor. Can't wait to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win the e-book. I don't have an e-reader yet but my birthday is coming soon so I'm SURE I'll be getting one, (if anyone in my house wants Mom to be happy) LOL!

Pam Hillman said...

Teresa! Thanks for stopping by. You've come to the right place. It just so happens I'm giving away a KINDLE in October. Deadline to enter is September 30th.

I'd love for you to sign up it!

Pam's Kindle Giveaway

Pam Hillman said...

I just love this blog: Barn Door Book Loft. Reminds me of summer days perched in the barn loft with my favorite book in my hand, and my favorite cat perched on my legs!

Being a farm girl, I spent many days in the hay barn. My cousins and I made tunnels all through the hay. When we had square bales, we stacked them to make tunnels. Later, with round bales, we tunneled between the bales.

I DISTINTLY remember the last time I tunneled through round bales. I was probably 14 or 15 years old and was growing out of the tomboy stage. We had a dairy farm, and I was supposed to be feeding calves their bottles.....

Pam Hillman said...

but all of a sudden I got the urge to go thru "the tunnel"!

I burrowed into the tunnel the length of a round bale of hay (about 6-7').

At that point, I was between 4 round bales of hay in a small hollowed out space that would form in the curvature of the bales. These things weigh thousands of lbs EACH!

Keep in mind it is PITCH DARK HERE!!!

My tunnel then went straight up about 6' to the top of the stack.

But I got turned around and couldn't find the tunnel UP.

THEN I couldn't find the tunnel OUT.


My parents didn't know where I was. I was the last kid left at home, and nobody would dream that I would EVER look for me inside the hay!

I finally found my way out, and declared I would NEVER play in the round hay bales again.

And now I realize how stupid playing in ROUND hay bales was!

Anybody else got a story to share?

Patty Wysong said...

Oh. my. goodness. Pam.

That is chilling. Those bales are HUGE. (yup, I like in the country and know those bales well.) *shiver* What a place for panic to hit. So glad you kept your head and made it out!!

Wow. *shiver*

Pam Hillman said...

I agree, Patty. I can't imagine what I was thinking! And I still remember crawling out of that tunnel, SHAKING!

Right then and there I knew I'd never willingly crawl into tunnel of hay.

As a matter of fact, with my out of control fear of (dare I say it, Mary might stop by), mice, and snakes, I can't believe I even played in the hay in the first place.

The innocence of youth!

Laura J said...

It looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Pam Hillman said...

You're in, Laura! Thanks for stopping by.

Teresa M said...

Wow! What a story Pam...God knew he had a job for you to do...write beautiful stories for us to read. :) Thanks for the link to the Kindle giveaway. I'm so glad I found your interview here.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ann said...

I would like to be intered to win stealing jake . sounds great

amhengst at verizon dot net

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