Friday, March 17, 2017

IN THE SPOTLIGHT with Author Pamela Ackerson

Author Bio: 

Pamela Ackerson’s storytelling all began with her younger brother, creating wonderful children’s stories on vacation trips to keep him occupied. Later, she started writing poems and short stories as a teen.
Born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pam now lives on the Space Coast of Florida where you are encourage to reach for the stars. She’s just a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando and Disney World, where imagination and fantasy abounds. She has three children, all girls, three grandchildren, and a wonderful husband who puts up with her writer quirks.
Pam may have majored in child psychology with a minor in English, but her distinguished choice of careers never made fruition. Instead, life led her to working in restaurants, interior decorating, owning an advertising business, content editor for a publishing house, teaching and owning a ballroom dance studio, and real estate investments. She is a practicing herbalist and has been involved in the use of natural treatment with raw herbs for over thirty years. As her day job, she currently works as the V.P. of Marketing and Advertising for the book review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.  


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember...I’ve been creating stories since I was a young child. I won a short story contest…took first place, when I was sixteen years all. It’s been a long road and worth every second.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I’ve taken up to two years to write a book. Most of the time, it takes about a year, including historical research.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I take care of everything that needs to be done first. My other job, and other domestic necessities come first and then, I disappear into my writing world.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Phone off…got to be comfy, quiet, no radio, coffee on one side, and snacks on the other.

How do your books get published?

I am now publishing my books through Create Space and KDP. I’ve done traditional/standard publishing with a publishing house. I’ve done the vanity press route. I’ve done complete 100% self-publishing. I have found it to be the best advantage for me right now.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Everywhere! I could be riding down the street and see something and boom, there’s my story.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started writing my first book in 1996. It took two years to write, including research. It was four years before it was finally accepted by a publisher. I was 42 when my first book was published.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

We love to travel, swimming, sailing, and fishing.

What does your family think of your writing?

I’d say there’s mixed feeling. They all support me in any way they can. They’re proud of what I’ve accomplished and as true family can be…get irritated when I’m lost in my “fantasy” world. J

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I can’t write love scenes. They feel forced, so I decided that I’d just keep it sweet and simple.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Eleven books. I’d have to say my favorite would be Across the Wilderness.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

I could write a book on that loaded question. Don’t give up. Listen to your heart. Don’t force the writing.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I do hear from readers (a handful a month) and absolutely love it when I do. The most common question I get is “when is the next book coming out?”

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes, I do.

What do you think makes a good story?

A fantasy/fiction that takes the reader on a ride and makes them want to come back for more.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a child psychiatrist.

Any books in the works?

Yes, a time travel story of a man who finds himself in all sorts of odd situations as he searches for a missing woman.

What are your plans for the future?

To live a long, healthy life so I can keep writing!


I WAS JUST A RADIOMAN - The day that will live in infamy was just the beginning...

I Was Just a Radioman
In 1940, still in high school, Henry P. Lawrence joined the Navy Reserves. Little did he know that a year later, in May of 1941, he'd be called to service and deployed to Hawaii. 
No one believed the Japanese would be aggressive enough to attack a U.S. territory. Their cripple the United States military. The attack at Pearl came hard and fast.
I Was Just a Radioman is a collection of the memoirs of ARM Henry P. Lawrence, a WW II Pearl Harbor survivor, Black Cat, and decorated war veteran.

DEAR MARGARET - Based on the true story of a Pearl Harbor survivor, Black Cat and decorated war hero. 

Dear Margaret,

In a world that had gone bonkers, two friends try to keep each other grounded by writing letters to each other during WWII. Although, what happened in their lives was vastly different from each other, they found a common ground, a way to keep each other sane.

From mundane daily chores to life threatening events, these letters from two pen pals take the reader on a journey into the past, a past where nightmares came true, and when hatred reigned.

A time in history that we should never, ever forget.

Out of The Wilderness - Book #5 in the Wilderness Series - 

She’s stubborn. She’s feisty. She’s determined. She’s a walking disaster… A marvelous and fantastic journey, enjoy little known history crafted with original, brilliant unforgettable moments, unforgettable characters, and an unforgettable adventure that will keep you shaking your head. Karen Standing Deer's daughter, Jennifer, knows exactly what she wants--to fall in love and marry a Native American just like her father and brother. Everyone else is immediately dismissed. Her friends and family keep telling her, the one you want could be right in front of her face. Unfortunately, like watching a bolt of lightning hit the ground, there's nothing that can be done about it. She has the uncanny knack of choosing the wrong men, every time. Traveling to the past, with the belief that her one true love can't be found this side of the millennium, she refuses to learn that she doesn't have to go back to the past to find the one--she just needs to go back to the past to find her path.


"Stories that stir within us the unquenchable hope for a better tomorrow." 
The mysterious dreams had become a reality. Traveling through time, Dr. Karen Anderson found herself in the land of the Lakota, in the midst of the Indian wars, and the movement west. Swept into the arms of the sensual, dark-haired warrior, Standing Deer, from her modern-day hustle and bustle to the temporary serenity of life on the Plains...over the span of time, they fight for yesterday and together find the promise of tomorrow.

The time-travel saga continues. Dr. Karen Anderson returns to the past, to the Lakota and her life with Standing Deer. The Little Big Horn Battle – Custer’s Last Stand looms, ending a lifestyle the People have always known. Over the span of time, they fight for freedom and the promise of tomorrow.

The legacy continues… 
        Love is the silver lining in a cloud of woe. 

Fire-fighter and paramedic, Matthew Standing Deer, son of Standing Deer and Karen Anderson, seeks his path in the untamed world of the Lakota Nation only to find himself hurtled into danger, uncontrollable greed, and searching for a serial killer. The twists and turns of destiny spirit him to the wild and dangerous Great Plains and the crush of reality for a love he can never have. Danger looms over everyone's head. How can he be with his one true love when all he can do is fight to survive?

      Stories that stir within us the unquenchable hope for a better tomorrow.

The time travel saga continues with Matthew Standing Deer. Sixteen years ago, Matthew Standing Deer's father was killed in the Little Big Horn battle. He has returned to the past, to the Lakota, to visit with family and friends. All was going well until Matthew arrived at the reservation and all hell broke loose. Death and darkness surround him and the Lakota. Will Matthew survive the tragedy of Wounded Knee; only to watch the end of an era for the home of the braves?

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