Interview with Pam Funke

Please share with us one fact about you that not many people know. And feel free to have fun with the question!
I am the proud grand-daughter of a pastor and was brought up in the church. I love serving God and living a Christian life. God has blessed me abundantly not only with many creative talents but with wonderful children. I have two adult children, a daughter aged 22 and a son aged 20. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy photography, cooking, painting, drawing, scrap-booking and anything creative actually.
If you could be best friends with any of the characters in your novel, who would it be? Why?
I would probably be best friends with is Katie Farnsworth. Katy is a sweet, elderly Christian woman who would do everything in her power to help someone. She has a heart pleasing to God. She tries to do things that pleases God in everything that she does, but she is quite human and makes mistakes just like everyone else. She is a lot like myself.
What inspired this series?
My inspiration behind it was The Left Behind Series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. While I enjoyed reading their series very much, I don’t believe that they realized that many non-Christians would be reading the series and enjoying it as well. So I decided to write a series that is just as exciting as theirs but I also include Biblical scripture to back up what I have to say so that my readers can check it out for themselves if they so choose.
What are 3 things you like to do to relax?
I enjoy scrapbooking, painting and reading.
What piece of writing advice have you received that was most helpful to you?
Someone once told me to write to my heart's content. I took this to mean that my writing should be influenced by my heart and that I should write not only for the enjoyment of others but mostly for my own enjoyment.
What are you working on next? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am currently working on my next book entitled Sodom: A Nation On Its Knees. It is a single book that does not have anything to do with my The Apocalypse series. Here is the book's blurb:

3,902 years ago, there was a city so evil, corrup and filled with sin that God saw no other choice, but to completely destroy it. The city of Sodom was completely destroyed by a rain of fire in a single day.

The great nation of the United States of America, a nation founded and built on God, has since turned its back on God. The people have allowed the government to remove Him from our schools, our jobs and are trying to remove Him from our churches. Many have chosen to remove Him even from their homes. Why is this happening to us they ask as they helplessly watch the nation's wickedness increase? How much longer will God allow us to continue in our sinful ways? Will He destroy us as He did Sodom?

God said that if His angels can find 5,000 righteous in our nation that He will spare us. When His angels walk our nation will they find even one righteous? Will there be enough righteous found to spare our great nation?
What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?
My favorite genres to read are Christian Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and Young Adult. My favorite genres to write are Christian Fiction, Christian Thriller and Christian Young Adult.
If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?
Would I like to step into the shoes of General Alexander Ludlow for a day, I’m not exactly sure. Why? Well for one, it is hard enough to be a leader of a large organization not to mention the General of a military post. But to also be in charge of a secret military operation that’s bent of improving the world’s current state only to start suspecting that what you are doing is completely wrong morally. I’m not so sure that I would want that position. But if I were to take the place of General Ludlow things may turn out completely different from the part that he plays in my story as many of the things that he does I could not do as it is not in my nature to do so.
Is their anything else you would like to share or say to those who will read this?
I would like to say that I believe that everyone should follow their dreams. You never know what you can achieve if you never try. To my fellow authors and future authors, don’t get discouraged. No matter how many rejection letters you receive keep right on writing and submitting your manuscript because one day you will receive an acceptance letter. When you are writing write for your enjoyment and pick subjects that are interesting to you because it’s so much easier to write a book that you enjoy. It also makes it so much more believable to the reader. I welcome readers to email me (AuthorPamFunke@hotmail.com) with any questions they have or comments that they have about my series or future books. They are also welcome to join me on my blogs as well. I write inspirational articles and post them here: http://authorpamfunkeinspire.blogspot.com/
I also believe in supporting my fellow authors as well and have dedicated my other blog to author interviews, book reviews and spotlights here: http://4horsemenseriesbr.blogspot.com/
You are also welcome to check out my author blog to see what I'm up to here: http://authorpamfunke.blogspot.com/
Thanks so much for having me, have a wonderful and blessed day.
Published 2013-10-28.
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