Interview with Pamela McMaster

What is your writing process?
I first write out my characters. Names, ages, descriptions. I decide the main character and add qualities. I then draft a rough plot. I write a beginning and an end. These are very important. The scenes then follow. Writing the scenes and printing them out means I know what I am writing about each time I sit in front of my computer. It makes writing faster a lot easier.
How do you approach cover design?
As this was my first published piece, I honestly did not have a clue what I was doing. I chose a designer from the list in Smashwords. Looking through the profiles and portfolios', I got a feel for who I wanted. You learn from your mistakes. I bought an image that was far too small and was told so.
What do you read for pleasure?
Action adventure, definitely. I enjoy getting out of my own reality.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use both Kindle and my smart phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still working on that one.
Describe your desk
It's large but organised. I can't work in disorganisation. I have sticky notes handy for links and ideas, a coaster for numerous cups of coffee and a cup that is disguised as a pen holder.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a housing estate in a town outside of Liverpool. My childhood life was not the best, I think this influenced my writing more than anything. Escapism.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 10. I regret it has taken 32 years to actually believe in myself.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Childrens' action adventure. It was inspired by my two sons. We read together every night. I felt I could do justice to some of the books we have read and decided to put my mind to work. I also want my children to see that you can do anything you put your mind to.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact that it is effortless. I could do it all day everyday for the rest of my life.
Published 2016-02-29.
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Books by This Author

George and The Giant Mushrooms - Attack of the Mushroom Soldiers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,920. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
George and Mr Taglitelli, the local restaurant owner and chef are about to embark on a planet saving mission. Mr T is not who he seems, as, it appears, neither are the mushrooms growing in the local park. Can George stop an attack of giant mushrooms? He's going to need all the help he can get.