Pamela Erickson is an artist and librarian who lives on the Florida Gulf Coast with her husband. She seeks writing as a form of reflection, exploration, conversation and solace. Each Other is her first novel, written to explore the world of strong women spies and the role they played in the (American) Civil War. Pamela is a painter, cuisine blogger and loves to hike, bike and swim. Check out her blog on sustainable food at www.curiousaboutcuisine.com!
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.
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.