Interview with Pamela Erickson

What prompted you to write this book?
Two things really... The facts about women spies in the Civil War that I discovered when I was ordering books for a library and around the same time I was an extra in a major motion picture and saw the magic that Directors, Actors and Editors create. I wrote this novel to be a film actually.
I saw the story evolve scene by scene in my mind and then I wrote it chapter by chapter and researched the weather, the battles, the topography, the people and ways of 1862, everything I could. It took me 10 years to write while I was raising kids and working full-time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie authorship levels the playing field. There's equanimity here. It is a fair market place where writers and artists can be judged by their merit with the readers. My book sat on a shelf in my bedroom for seven years. It was read by a producer when it was in first person and when it wasn't optioned, too strong a female part for this producer who was also a male actor, I rewrote the story in third person making it a much better book, in my estimation. I was distracted by my day-to-day life but wanted to put it out in the world. A friend told me about Smashwords and I thought it was brilliant! I published Each Other on Smashwords the following month.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process is a natural flow. When I write I feel like I tap into my authentic, joyful inner me and the characters come alive. I just listen, see and write, more like a journalist. History is important to me. I taught history and global studies for years and I do the research. It's important for me to get it right. Each Other starts in 1891 and ends there but all the other chapters are about one year in the Civil War, 1862. A time when America had an important identity crisis to solve. This story shows the complexity of the times, of people, of property, and of dignity.
I hope the readers see that Each Other shows there is not black or white in this world, but a lot of grey.
It is about two people who are very different from one another and yet have a spark or chemistry to be together. Each Other depicts life in a slower time where people had to chop wood and haul water each day to meet their needs. I think the pace is a welcome change in this hectic world...much like when I lived in a cabin in the woods of Maine without running water or electricity. Learning to see and to listen helps me to write from my heart.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two ideas...one is about mindfulness and applying it to everyday life and the other is about creativity. I also love to paint and design.
Published 2016-07-04.
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Books by This Author

Each Other
Price: Free! Words: 65,670. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
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Each Other: A Novel is the story of Annie Cunningham, a Union spy during the (American) Civil War and the complications created against the backdrop of her love affair with Warren Dodd, a Confederate Captain. Beginning and ending in 1891, the novel wraps around a story of Annie and Warren through the events of 1862 in northern Virginia.