Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wisconsin Native Pam Meyers


Welcome, Pam! Congratulations on your new historical romance novel. Is there a story behind Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin?

Ever since I began seriously writing for publication I dreamed of writing a story set in my beautiful hometown. When Rachel Meisel of Summerside Press visited my ACFW chapter meeting several years ago, she mentioned Summerside was looking for resort setting for their Love Finds You line. I piped up saying I was raised in Lake Geneva, and the rest—so they say—is history. Now about three years later my book is published.

What started you on your writing journey? 

Early on before I ever thought of writing for anything but a personal need to put thoughts down on paper, I asked for a diary for Christmas when I was eight. I dutifully wrote what I did every day for about a month. LOL. I may have stopped being so regimented with my entries, but I still did write in it, and have always journaled in one form or another ever since. Fast forward to when I went back to school in an accelerated adult program and began taking elective writing courses. My writing prof planted the seed in me that I could write and be paid for it. Thus began my desire to write fiction. It was a long journey to the day I got “the” call from my agent, but I wouldn’t trade a thing.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I don’t stick to one genre when I read. I have always loved mysteries and suspense. I like contemporary women's fiction and romance—both historical and contemporary. A contemporary that still resonates with me is Gina Holmes’ Crossing Oceans. I have her newest release sitting next to me right now. I can’t wait to dig in to Wings of Glass!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? 

It’s hard to decide between my heroine, Meg, and my hero, Jack. The more I wrote the story, I began to realize that I was picturing them in my head by how my parents looked when they were about their age in that same general period of time. When I look at pictures of my parents from the 30s and 40s, they do look very much like how I describe Meg and Jack in the story. They are not alive to see this book, but I have dedicated it to their memory.

What is your favorite season of the year?  

I love the fall. I don’t know if I like it best because I am an October baby or just because. I’m not a fan of hot weather and love the cooler days when I can wear a sweater. And, of course, I love the beautiful fall colors. I lived in So. California for about seven years and really missed seeing the fall leaves. Several times I tried to come back and catch the leaves as they were peaking, but I could never time it right.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I have always appreciated Lake Geneva where I grew up, but as I research the area for my story and learned more about the history of the town and lake, I grew to love it even more. Of course while living there as a child I took the beautiful lake for granted. Didn’t every kid have a lake to swim in during the summer and to skate on in winter?  I also took for granted the many 19th century mansions that dotted its shoreline, built by the wealthy families from Chicago after the Chicago Fire and well into the 20th Century. Quite a few still stand, but a lot have fallen to the wrecking ball. I hope to write more stories set in historical Lake Geneva to preserve its legacy.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I am single and live alone, so I don’t have to go far to have a place to retreat and spend time with the Lord. My place to meet God every morning is one end of my living room couch. There I sit with my ever-present journal and my Bible(s). I love having different versions of the Bible and doing word searches on the meanings of the words in Scripture. This year I started attending Bible Study Fellowship for the first time and have fallen in love with this study. This year the study is on Genesis.

Do you have a special scripture verse you can share with us?

The verse I chose to reference when I sign my books is Isaiah  30: 18. It talks about waiting on the Lord and being blessed. That is exactly what I had done for many years, waiting for him to bless me in my writing at the appointed time. 2011 was a banner year for me. I received a book contract from OakTara for my Mystery/Romance stories, and two months later came the call from my agent, saying Summerside Press wanted Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him.

What else do you have in the works?

I don’t have anything contracted as yet, but I have several proposals in the works. As I said before I would love to write more stories set in historical Lake Geneva and have a series in mind that chronicles the lives of those families who came to Lake Geneva in the late 19th and early 20th Century. I also have other locales around Wisconsin I’d love to write a store about. As much as I love to write stories set in my native Wisconsin, I am open to other locations as the opportunities arise.

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Pam Meyers is giving away a copy of Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, WisconsinTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.





19 comments:

Wendy Newcomb said...

Sounds like a great read, thank you for the chance to win it.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Charity U said...

The more I see the cover, the more I love it! It's lovely. :)

charityu.austenite[at]gmail[dot]com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Linda Glaz said...

Charity, you're so right about the cover. The look on her face makes you wonder just what she's up to Love it, Pam!

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Hi everyone. Thanks, Sharon for hosting me on the Barn Door Loft. It's been an exciting couple of weeks since Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin became available for purchase. I'm am so blessed to be able to share my beautiful hometown with others through story.

Marianne Barkman said...

The more you write, the more I like. Thanks for the chance to win!

mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

Nancee said...

Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin sounds like a wonderful story of overcoming obstacles. Thank you for featuring Pam, and telling us about her boook!
Nancee
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Lane Hill House said...

As a Wisconsin-born 1/2-Irish Kathleen, I would like to win!
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Carole Jarvis said...

Pam, you were certainly blessed to grow up in such a beautiful area and have the enjoyment of Lake Geneva in all seasons of the year. I hope you are able to preserve its history through your writing.

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

KayM said...

I've been wanting to read this book. I am interested in the setting and the time. Thank you for offering a copy!
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Yvonne Anderson said...

Hey, Pam, I'm so happy to see this book finally in print! I'd love to win a copy, but if I don't, I'll be just as happy to buy one to help support one of my favorite author friends!
yvonneanderson101 at gmail dot com

squiresj said...

I would love to win this book and review it. I have reviewed a lot of the Love Finds You series. I have not read any of your books that I remember.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Wendy Newcomb - like the Raggedy Ann & Andy - I collect them

Library Lady said...

We have the LFY series in our church library.
I would love to win this book to add to our collection.
Thanks!
Janet E.
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Teela said...

I can just hear Glen Miller in the background...would really like to win your giveaway!Thanks, Pam, for providing the book for this giveaway. teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of, LFY in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Pamela is a new author to me. I'm looking forward to getting to know her. I too loved "Crossing Oceans" and can't wait to read "Wings of Glass". So, Pamela, we have something in common already!

Blessings!
Judy B
judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this one. It looks like a great read.

Katie J.
johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...


I loved the review of this book and would sure like to win it. Thought I had entered already but don't see my comment. Please put my name in.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Boos Mum said...

Lake Geneva sounds like a beautiful place to live. Thanks for the giveaway.

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apple blossom said...

love these books thanks for chance to win

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