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March’s Spotlight is on Pam Asberry
Who are the ladies of the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Blog? Why should you spend your precious time reading our daily posts? Why do we want you to follow us and read our books, our personal blogs, our FB status updates and our Tweets? Let us tell you why…
Once Upon a Time ~~
I started piano lessons when I was seven years old and decided my career path that very day. So even though I have loved reading from the moment I learned to string sounds into syllables, during my adult life writing has been primarily a tool used to support my music teaching and home schooling. Although the notion of penning a novel was always in the back of my mind, I never tried my hand at fiction. Instead, I wrote numerous nonfiction articles and even had a few published here and there; eventually, I even started a blog. But there came a day I decided I didn’t want my epitaph to be, “She meant to write a book.” So I signed up for an online fiction writing class through Writer’s Digest and attended my very first Georgia Romance Writers meeting on my fiftieth birthday. At this point in time I have completed two manuscripts and working on the first draft of my third. But I get my happily-ever-after ending whether or not I ever achieve my goal of being traditionally published (although I believe I will). I write because I am.
How many “careers” have you had throughout your lifetime?
What is a typical writing day like for you – from the time you get up to the time you go to bed?
I am a single mom but my c
What writer advice would you give someone just starting to dip her toe into the writing world?
Writing fiction is tougher than I ever imaged it would be, and the odds of being traditionally published seem smaller than ever. But there is nothing better than agonizing over a scene and finally getting it right or the camaraderie I have experienced through Georgia Romance Writers, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, and elsewhere. If you dream of writing a book, don’t let another day go by. Go for it! But don’t expect a walk in the park. Take classes, read books on craft, and find a support group.
Why you should read my blog …
Inspired by Laurie Perry (http://crazyauntpurl.com) whose memoir Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair really resonated with me a few years post-divorce, I started my own blog, Sometimes It’s Cloudy, Sometimes It’s Clear, back in 2008. At first I wasn’t clear about what direction I might take and posted infrequently. Over time, though, it has become an account of my personal journey – successes and failures, struggles and triumphs, hopes and fears. I spent nearly twenty years of my life in an abusive marriage, hiding behind carefully constructed safety mask, keeping my personal fire carefully in check. Ten years later, I am barely recognizable as the person I was then and I am very proud ofeverything I have accomplished since and grateful for loving family and supportive friends. I know there are plenty of other women out there living lives of “quiet desperation,” and I hope that by sharing my experiences I might empower someone else to step outside her comfort zone and take a risk or two in order to make her own dreams come true.
What is your most rewarding experience?
Besides watching my little boys grow up to become strong, handsome young men? I love it when one of my readers tells me that something I have said in a blog post has inspired her to make a change in her own life.
What’s a little-known fact about you no one would suspect?
I am terrified of thunderstorms. I make no apologies for this.
Are you a Petit Four or a Hot Tamale?
I recently discovered a recipe for “chocolate chili bites” – tiny chocolate cakes seasoned with (surprise!) chili powder. Complex, right? That’s me.
What Pam’s friends have to say..
Pam is a dynamo. If someone met her on the street and didn’t know her age, they would NEVER believe she was in her fifties. She has the heart and spirit of a thirty year-old. She is full of adventure, never afraid to try something new. Having Pam as a friend is like having found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Thanks for putting me in the hot seat – er, spotlight! – today.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!