Interview with Pamie Kay

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Terror!
I was terrified of the agent-publisher-deadline process. I really wanted it, but after researching it all I just couldn’t face it. It just seemed too complicated for me. So indie author was the way to go. After all, I thought having to create stories for students in Asia, I understood the process of self-publishing. (In reality I did not really understand!) I’m learning every day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah. “Where’s My Tail?” The story is based on something that happened when I worked in a kindergarten.

One of the girls had lost her shoes (her expensive good shoes) somewhere in the school. With other students we went looking for her shoes. This was during a school-wide program, and it's normal NOT to wear shoes in school.

I had visions of picking up 150 pairs of black shoes and asking her if it was hers, and visions of the three students helping doing the same thing. But no one touched a pair of shoes – only looked. As we walked around she remembered where her shoes were, and all was good.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sitting on the bus. Reading. Drawing. Talking to people. Taking classes. Reading in the library.

Watching the world around me.

Not cooking – I live in Asia and it has been an adjustment going out and getting food, either as a take-away or in a restaurant – kitchens are NOT a normal thing in a home. So some of my time is finding something to eat – not making something to eat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. Sorry, I have to say I do not.

I grew up reading. I practically lived in the library. I think I memorized every inch of the book-mobile.

Plus, every year we received a box of books my aunt sent (from Scholastic) – and I was ecstatic as I then actually had my own books! And, just as a side note, I was allowed one hour a week of TV – when we did have a TV.

Hum, “Green Egg & Ham” I still like it for the fun and the way something simple can become something big, so maybe I can claim that is the first story I ever read?
Do you think print books will ever go away?
I don't think so, and I hope not. I love books, any books.

However, I live and work, and travel in Asia and it is just impossible for me to have physical books. Someday, I will have a massive physical library of my own. Now, I just borrow the public (and some paid) libraries (and their books) wherever I am.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. It was a story about a bee, and was related to a recycle-green-earth-day project when I was really young. I don’t think anyone except my parents read it, well, other than my teacher.
What is your writing process?
Basically I use a notebook. I used to buy fancy notebooks. Now I buy a package of student notebooks. I like them as they are small, lightweight, easy to toss in my bag – and cheap!

If I start with an image in my head I scribble a storyboard in a notebook, and then add words as they come. If I start with words, then I write them and add images.

In the end they merge into one. After I have a rough visual and rough text scripted out I go to the computer and (well, I try) put it all together.

For example I was in Asia, and traveling and I saw many houses on stilts in the rivers and along the beaches. One of the houses was tumbling down, abandoned for some unknown reason. I visualized a house who wanted to rejoin her family, and the images started to flow. Then the words came.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over. My father was in the military and we moved often. I got really good at changing my accent, calling foods a different name and learning about my new home. But, I never learned street names – I think I remember one - the rest just blend together. I think seeing new places and new people has influenced my writing in that I look at something different – and it’s just that – different. It's never right or wrong, just different.
What are you working on next?
I’m finishing the story about the lonely house, titled at this time as “The House Who Walked Home”, and should be ready to publish early this December (2016).

I’m also working on book about counting, with lots of legs involved. And, now that I did this interview I remember something that happened to my brother and I when we were young – yes – a new story there.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh my goodness! I’m just now starting.

So I have family and friends as fans – of course – as they are family and fans. I have my students, who actually are very critical as they want their stories just-so. When I start to have a fan base not my family, then I know I am providing something for other people to enjoy. That will keep me writing! That will really be a "wow" experience!
Published 2016-11-19.
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Books by This Author

The House Who Walked Home
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Adventure » General
FREE! Limited time. Free download until January, 31 2017 The story of Harlow, "The house who walked home", works great shared aloud with young children. It contains 634 words that use repetition and anticipation to build the story. Harlow, was very sad. One day, after a lot of crying and thinking. Harlow decided to move. She could not drive, and well, she could not fly, so she decided to walk.
Where’s My Tail?
Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Friendship
Limited Time Free! Samir is a field mouse who is usually happy. Today he is very sad, because he lost his tail. Join Samir and his best friend Missy as they go on an adventure together to find his tail. During their quest they stop and ask others along the way for help finding Samir’s tail. Great for any age as read along or alone, with a readability rating of ages 5 to 7, and word count of 578
Class #419 (Seed Storage)
Price: Free! Words: 610. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
FREE! Limited time. Free download until January, 31 2017 Bluey has always been an attentive student in class. Except today. Today he’s distracted. Why is he distracted? What will happen when he explains to his teacher and other students the reason he is not being attentive in class?